Sun Opener – Heimia salicifolia (Shrubby Yellowcrest).
The Sun Opener is native to the south-west of America (due to it’s love of hot and tropical climates), but has also been found in California and Argentina.
It is a perennial herb with narrow leaves which will get to heights of around 1.5m.
The Sun Opener is a herb that is commonly used as an ordinary cooking spice. It is also used in antiseptic solutions and essential oils.
It was once used by Aztecs and is still used by Mexican shamans. They regard it as a sacred herb that will enable those who digest the yellow flowers to have vivid recall of events past (some even claim that it has created recall of events pre-birth). They also believe it can deepen consciousness and create lucid dreams, although these effects are challenged by many.
This herb is associated with fertility goddesses and due to this, many women from Mexico and Central America have also been known throughout history to use this herb to aid in fertility by bathing in the herb. This method also aided in treating women after miscarriage and healing after birth.
Sinicuichi is a pretty hardy plant. It likes a full sun position in moderately fertile, well draining soil. Fertilise it regularly and trim it regularly. Trimming it will help encourage new growth for use.