Known in the US as garlic weed, garlic root, or guinea henweed, this deeply rooted perennial shrub grows to 3 feet in height. It has small, greenish-white flowers that appear on thin spikes and rise above its dark green, leathery leaves. Both the root and leaves have a strong garlic-like odor.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, tropical South America, Western Africa, Texas, Florida
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Analgesic, antibacterial, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, nervine, febrifuge, hypoglycemic, insecticidal, emmenagogue, sedative, diaphoretic, antiparasitic, antivenomous, and used to treat rheumatism, venereal disease, colds, all forms of cancer, respiratory infections, and to prevent tooth decay
For all conditions, bring 1 liter water to a boil. Add 1 ounce dried anamu, and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 10 minutes. Sip V4 cup three times per day. For rheumatism, grate a 1-inch piece of root. Soak in 1 cup vodka for six weeks. Take a tablespoon each morning. To prevent tooth decay, chew the leaves for a half hour each day.