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Cascarilla Collection

Cascarilla is a traditional practice in many Latin American and Caribbean cultures, where powdered eggshells are used for spiritual cleansing and protection

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Red cinchona and quina, Cinchona pubescens (Cinchona succirubra)

Red cinchona and quina, Cinchona pubescens (Cinchona succirubra). Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr
FLO4564251 Red cinchona and quina, Cinchona pubescens (Cinchona succirubra). Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr. Willibald Artus Hand-Atlas sammtlicher mediinisch-pharmaceutischer Gewachse

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr

Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr. Willibald Artus Hand-Atlas sammtlicher
FLO4563996 Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr. Willibald Artus Hand-Atlas sammtlicher mediinisch-pharmaceutischer Gewachse

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration from Hermann Adolph

Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration from Hermann Adolph Koehler's
FLO4990302 Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration from Hermann Adolph Koehler's Medicinal Plants, edited by Gustav Pabst, Koehler, Germany

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Cascarilla tree, Croton eleuteria

Cascarilla tree, Croton eleuteria
5855121 Cascarilla tree, Croton eleuteria; (add.info.: Cascarilla tree, Croton eleuteria. Handcoloured botanical illustration drawn by G)

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration from Hermann Adolph

Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration from Hermann Adolph Koehler's
FLO4990290 Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Chromolithograph after a botanical illustration from Hermann Adolph Koehler's Medicinal Plants, edited by Gustav Pabst, Koehler, Germany

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr

Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr. Willibald Artus Hand-Atlas sammtlicher
FLO4564452 Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr. Willibald Artus Hand-Atlas sammtlicher mediinisch-pharmaceutischer Gewachse

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Dyer's rocket, cypress spurge, rubber tree, cascarilla, cassava

Dyer's rocket, cypress spurge, rubber tree, cascarilla, cassava, houseleek - Botanical illustration 1883
An original plate from the book "Pflanzen-Atlas Linneschen System" - Carl Hofman 1883

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Roughbark lignum-vitae and cascarilla

Roughbark lignum-vitae and cascarilla
Roughbark lignum-vitae, Guaiacum officinale 1, seedpods a, (endangered), and cascarilla, Croton eluteria 2, bark b. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Friedrich Johann Bertuchs Bilderbuch fur

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Sweetwood bark or sweet bark, Croton eluteria

Sweetwood bark or sweet bark, Croton eluteria. Handcoloured lithograph by Hanhart after a botanical illustration by David Blair from Robert Bentley and Henry Trimens Medicinal Plants, London, 1880

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Red cinchona and quina, Cinchona pubescens

Red cinchona and quina, Cinchona pubescens (Cinchona succirubra). Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr. Willibald Artus Hand-Atlas sammtlicher mediinisch-pharmaceutischer Gewachse

Background imageCascarilla Collection: Cascarilla, Croton eluteria

Cascarilla, Croton eluteria. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from Dr. Willibald Artus Hand-Atlas sammtlicher mediinisch-pharmaceutischer Gewachse, (Handbook of all medical-pharmaceutical plants)


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Cascarilla is a traditional practice in many Latin American and Caribbean cultures, where powdered eggshells are used for spiritual cleansing and protection. This ancient ritual involves rubbing the cascarilla powder on the body or sprinkling it around a space to ward off negative energy and evil spirits. The use dates back centuries, with indigenous peoples incorporating it into their spiritual practices long before the arrival of Europeans. The eggshell powder is believed to have powerful protective properties, creating a barrier against malevolent forces and promoting positive energy flow. In addition to its spiritual significance, it is valued for its medicinal properties. The calcium-rich powder has been used in folk medicine to treat various ailments, including skin conditions and digestive issues. Whether you believe in its mystical powers or simply appreciate its cultural heritage, there's no denying that cascarilla holds a special place in the hearts of many. So next time you're looking for some extra protection or purification, consider reaching for this humble yet potent ingredient from nature's bounty.