Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) information

King Tut Botanicals is involved with ongoing efforts to protect this wonderful tree and its availability by focusing on research, preservation and education. We believe this specimen should be protected and given the proper respect it deserves. That is why our high quality leaf powders are sold strictly ‘as is’ with no gimmicks or flashy packaging.

We put a lot of time and care into ensuring that we are mindful of the conditions in the jungles where it grows, the quality of leaves harvested and we believe in fair trade. Because of that, we pay more than most vendors for our high quality leaf powders, which makes it hard for us to stay competitive with fly-by-night vendors that acquire cheap mystery leaf full of contaminants from unreliable sources to make a quick profit.

Unfortunately, the palm oil industry has wiped out entire colonies of rain forest where this tree grows naturally, which is also the home to orangutans, tigers and endangered species. Click here for more information on how you can help save the rain forests of Borneo. Our staff has been researching and working with these trees for over a decade.

 Ancient History

Mitragyna Speciosa (also known as “Kratom”) is an evergreen tree from South Eastern Asia and Africa that goes by many different names. Its history can be traced back for thousands of years with connections to ancient Egypt, Buddhism and the hymns of the Rig Veda. The ancient Egyptians of Northern Africa had a great knowledge of thousands of plants and trees like the blue lotus, aloe vera and papyrus. This impressive knowledge was mentioned by the Greek historian Herodutus and recorded in papyri like the Ebers Papyrus and the Smith PapyrusThe African genus of Kratom is called Hallea rubrostipulata (see Mitragyna stipulosa), a tree indigenous to East Africa and is similar to varieties found around Borneo.

See Germer, R. (1985). Flora des pharaonischen Ägypten [Flora of the Pharaonic Egyptian]. Mainz, Germany: Philip von Zabern.



According to Egyptologists, kratom leaves would have been acquired during dynastic times from Nubian traders and expeditions led by Queen Hatshepsut to the Land of Punt. The ancient Egyptians would have harvested its leaves for a number of traditional uses, its bark for making palm wine, a firewood, charcoal, timber, boat making, etc. The African species has four varieties and can be found in Rwanda, Uganda, from Ethiopia to Malawi. Unlike the South Eastern Asian varieties that grow in the rain forest, these varieties grow in swamp forests like the ones along Lake Victoria.




In ancient India, this tree was worshipped as a goddess known as “Kademba” or “Kadamba”. According to regional linguistics, this is an old tribal term for a holy or important tree to the people populating the south east Asian islands around 10 thousand years ago. During weddings and celebrations, women would dance around this sacred tree or keep its dried flowers for good luck. Even today, its flowers and brightly colored leaf powders (which are collected for ornamental and decorative purposes) are sacred to Hinduism. Lord Krishna would play the flute standing in front of his favorite tree with the Yamuna River flowing in front of him. The Kademba tree also has astronomical significance in Eastern mythology. The great Indian astronomer, Aryabhatta, imagined the flowers on the Kadamba ball to be like humans standing on Earth and all of them being pulled towards the center because of the force of gravity. Watch a video about it here.

Mitragyna Speciosa (“the precious mitre”) was given its name by Peter Korthals of the Dutch East India company, because the stigmas in the first species he examined resembled the shape of a bishop’s mitre. This genus is characterized by a globular flowering head, bearing up to 120 florets each.

Mitragyna Speciosa (also known as “Kratom”) is an evergreen tree from South Eastern Asia and Africa that goes by many different names. Its history can be traced back for thousands of years with connections to ancient Egypt, Buddhism and the hymns of the Rig Veda. The ancient Egyptians of Northern Africa had a great knowledge of thousands of plants and trees like the blue lotus, aloe vera and papyrus. This impressive knowledge was mentioned by the Greek historian Herodutus and recorded in papyri like the Ebers Papyrus and the Smith PapyrusThe African genus of Kratom is called Hallea rubrostipulata (see Mitragyna stipulosa), a tree indigenous to East Africa and is similar to varieties found around Borneo.

See Germer, R. (1985). Flora des pharaonischen Ägypten [Flora of the Pharaonic Egyptian]. Mainz, Germany: Philip von Zabern.

According to Egyptologists, kratom leaves would have been acquired during dynastic times from Nubian traders and expeditions led by Queen Hatshepsut to the Land of Punt. The ancient Egyptians would have harvested its leaves for a number of traditional uses, its bark for making palm wine, a firewood, charcoal, timber, boat making, etc. The African species has four varieties and can be found in Rwanda, Uganda, from Ethiopia to Malawi. Unlike the South Eastern Asian varieties that grow in the rain forest, these varieties grow in swamp forests like the ones along Lake Victoria.

In ancient India, this tree was worshipped as a goddess known as “Kademba” or “Kadamba”. According to regional linguistics, this is an old tribal term for a holy or important tree to the people populating the south east Asian islands around 10 thousand years ago. During weddings and celebrations, women would dance around this sacred tree or keep its dried flowers for good luck. Even today, its flowers and brightly colored leaf powders (which are collected for ornamental and decorative purposes) are sacred to Hinduism. Lord Krishna would play the flute standing in front of his favorite tree with the Yamuna River flowing in front of him. The Kademba tree also has astronomical significance in Eastern mythology. The great Indian astronomer, Aryabhatta, imagined the flowers on the Kadamba ball to be like humans standing on Earth and all of them being pulled towards the center because of the force of gravity. Watch a video about it here.

Mitragyna Speciosa (“the precious mitre”) was given its name by Peter Korthals of the Dutch East India company, because the stigmas in the first species he examined resembled the shape of a bishop’s mitre. This genus is characterized by a globular flowering head, bearing up to 120 florets each.


Ancient poetry written by Sudras in the Hindu scriptures about the Kadamba tree

Nityananda Prabhu once asked, “Raghava Pandita, please get me soon a garland of kadamba flowers, for I am fond of it and prefer to dwell in a kadamba grove.” The devoted Raghava Pandita honoured the Lord and said, “Lord, it’s not the season of kadamba flowers.” Lord Nityananda said, “Go home and search, you may find be a flower or two.” When Raghav reached home, he was surprised to see beautiful kadamba flowers bloomed in his courtyard. He then made a garland of kadamba flowers and brought it to Lord Nityananda. The Lord was very pleased and honored them. From Vrindavana Mahimamrta (Sataka 16.49-50) of Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati explaining the glories of kadamba flowers:  “I worship the fair and dark youthful divine couple under the kadamba trees by the Yamuna’s shore. I meditate on Sri Sri Radhika-Madhava who, on the Yamuna’s shore, in the shade of kadamba trees, in a splendid pavilion of glittering jewels lit by sapphire lamps and glorious with pearl flower-buds, diamond flowers, and lapis lazuli sprouting twigs, enjoy playful amorous joking.”  The Srimad Bhagavatam (3.8.28) says,  “O my dear Vidura, the Lord’s waist was covered with yellow cloth resembling the saffron dust of the kadamba flower, and it was encircled by a well-decorated belt. His chest was decorated with the srivatsa marking and a necklace of unlimited value.”

 Narottama Das Thakura tells,

“In a forest of small kadamba trees on the bank of the Yamunä, I will seat the divine couple on a throne made of brilliant jewels.”

Rupa Gosvami tells in Laghu-bhagavatamrita (1.277.78) that “Goloka is a majestic manifestation of Gokula, which is sweet to the eye and so par excels. As the glory of Goloka, Rupa cites from the Varaha Purana: The kadamba trees of Goloka spread its grandeur of opulence with hundreds of branches. Nevertheless, the kadambas of Gokula excel those of Goloka of Krishna’s omnipresent pastimes in Goloka and so is different from His scintillating lilas with adorable humane glories of Gokula in this mundane world.” 

Leaf powders

Our leaf powders are sold strictly ‘as is’ for herbarium specimen, collection, ornamental purposes, legitimate research, and identification purposes only. They come with no claims or directions. These raw materials are not approved for internal or external use. Depending on the time of the year, region, or season, the leaf color may differ than what is shown in product images. Always order sample sizes first, as we do not offer refunds or exchanges. 

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Harvesting
 

All our Mitragyna Speciosa varieties are 100% natural and sourced from freshly dried leaves. We do not ‘enhance’ our products, nor do we add artificial colors, adulterants, tinctures, or mystery additives of any kind. We have always believed in the principle of quality over quantity. We are passionate about studying flora and fauna in the rain forests. In fact, this tree is directly related to the Rubiaceae family.

Our Cosmic Bali variety (100% Borneo Red Vein) originates from Borneo Kalimantan, while the Sumatra Red and White Veined leaves are harvested in the jungles of the Sumatra Island, Western Indonesia.

Our Super Green Malaysian variety originates from the Malay peninsular and is closely related to the Thai varieties, such as Maeng Da.

All our leaf powders are harvested from mature trees, mostly grown wild in the various jungles. Because of the freshly dried leaves and advanced harvesting techniques used, our leaf powders are more vibrant in color compared to the average product you will find in the market.

When you receive your order of high quality Mitragyna Speciosa leaf powder, you might wonder what makes King Tut Botanicals stand out next to other sellers. Our various suppliers work with a group of European professionals and perfectionists located directly in South Eastern Asia. Let us explain what our suppliers do to harvest high quality leaves.



Before harvesting

Even though all Mitragyna Speciosa trees produce leaves, not all leaves are of the same color vibrancy or quality. The tree’s profile differs per region, season, vein color, tree type, and even time of day it’s harvested. Based on tests and the many years of experience from our suppliers, they only collect leaves that are ideal from the tops of very tall trees.

During and after harvesting

Proper and clean handling of the leaves, as well as immediate drying, ensures the leaves keep their vibrant green color. Moisture is kept to an absolute minimum, since it would cause fermentation and that would lead to a loss of leaf quality. There is no exposure to sunlight, to protect the leaves from further breakdown.

After drying

Only the leaves that are well dried and of good color are further harvested. Roughly there are between 3000 and 4000 leaves in a KG (or 2.2 lbs) of Mitragyna Speciosa powder. Stems and center vein are removed and the leaf powders are sieved again to create a fine particle and remove the larger veins.

Before shipping

Each batch of Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) powder is tested before final shipping to ensure the best quality. Please note that the above comments are for educational and informational purposes only. If you are ready to order some of our 100% natural leaf powders, check out our catalog today.  

 

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Harvesting 

All our Mitragyna Speciosa varieties are 100% natural and sourced from freshly dried leaves. We do not ‘enhance’ our products, nor do we add artificial colors, adulterants, tinctures, or mystery additives of any kind. We have always believed in the principle of quality over quantity. We are passionate about studying flora and fauna in the rain forests. In fact, this tree is directly related to the Rubiaceae family.

Our Cosmic Bali variety (100% Borneo Red Vein) originates from Borneo Kalimantan, while the Sumatra Red and White Veined leaves are harvested in the jungles of the Sumatra Island, Western Indonesia.

Our Super Green Malaysian variety originates from the Malay peninsular and is closely related to the Thai varieties, such as Maeng Da.

All our leaf powders are harvested from mature trees, mostly grown wild in the various jungles. Because of the freshly dried leaves and advanced harvesting techniques used, our leaf powders are more vibrant in color compared to the average product you will find in the market.

We’ve also found that it’s better to have a fine grind that’s slightly coarser, as it doesn’t spill out as much in packaging.

When you receive your order of high quality Mitragyna Speciosa leaf powder, you might wonder what makes King Tut Botanicals stand out next to other sellers. Our various suppliers work with a group of European professionals and perfectionists located directly in South Eastern Asia. Let us explain what our suppliers do to harvest high quality leaves.


Before harvesting

Even though all Mitragyna Speciosa trees produce leaves, not all leaves are of the same color vibrancy or quality. The tree’s profile differs per region, season, vein color, tree type, and even time of day it’s harvested. Based on tests and the many years of experience from our suppliers, they only collect leaves that are ideal from the tops of very tall trees.

During and after harvesting

Proper and clean handling of the leaves, as well as immediate drying, ensures the leaves keep their vibrant green color. Moisture is kept to an absolute minimum, since it would cause fermentation and that would lead to a loss of leaf quality. There is no exposure to sunlight, to protect the leaves from further breakdown.

After drying

Only the leaves that are well dried and of good color are further harvested. Roughly there are between 3000 and 4000 leaves in a KG (or 2.2 lbs) of Mitragyna Speciosa powder. Stems and center vein are removed and the leaf powders are sieved again to create a fine particle and remove the larger veins.

Before shipping

Each batch of Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) powder is tested before final shipping to ensure the best quality. Please note that the above comments are for educational and informational purposes only. If you are ready to order some of our 100% natural leaf powders, check out our catalog today.