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Hoja Santa-Rootbeer Plant
(Piper auritum)

    Common names:  English: eared pepper, anise piper, rootbeer plant
    Spanish:  hoja santa, anisillo, hinojo, sabalero, hoja de la estrella, hoja de anis, allacuyo, yerba santa
    Aztec:  tlanapaquelite
    Other: Hawaiian sakau, false sakau, false kava (Pohnpei)

In the wild this plant is usually found on river or creek banks, but it's able to take some drought. It withstands the heat quite well. The leaves of Hoja Santa taste like rootbeer. They're used extensively in Central American and Caribbean cooking. One popular use is to wrap pieces of meat or fish in the leaf while they're cooking.

Properties of Hoja Santa Used by Aztec's

  • stimulant,
  • analgesic,
  • stomachic
    and for bronchial afflictions such as
  • asthma,
  • bronchitis,
  • laryngitis and
  • Apnia(difficulty in breathing)
  • Aztec Method of Use

    1. Drink 1 cup after each meal of the infusion made of 1 leaf to 2 cups of water.
    2. For Bronchial afflictions:  Take 15 to 30 drops of a tincture diluted with a couple of drops of water, prepare tincture with 25 grams of whole plant 1/4 liter of 90 proof alcohol, macerate for a couple of days then filter.

    CAUTION: This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use as a substitute for standard medical treatments. Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently FATAL if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion. We do not advocate the consumption of reputed medicinal plant products without prior consultation with your physician or other natural plant products professional. Consult Your Physician Before Using a Herbal Remedy!


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