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guinea hen weed seeds

The plant is said to have magical powers. The strong smelling leaves would be scattered around the room to “to keep away duppies” (unfriendly spirits).

Anamu has been found to cause contractions of the uterus that can lead to abortions and miscarriages. As such, it should not be used by pregnant women.


Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use:

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The root is traditionally used in an insecticide preparation, probably because of its strong smell.

General Plant Information: Petiveria alliacea or Guinea Hen Weed is a flowering species native to United States, Mexico, Central America, the Carribean, and tropical South America. It is a herbaceous shrub that grows up to 1 m tall, with deep root system and small green flowers. The roots and leaves have pungent odor similar to that of garlic. There is no known edible use of this plant but it is a known medicinal plant for the treatment of fever, diarrhea, headaches, earaches, and other wide range of conditions. It has pain relieving, anti microbial, and anti inflammatory properties. The leaves can be used as an insecticide.

Information about our seeds: Most of our seeds come from traditional crops that farmers have cultivated for many years. These seeds are not GMO, do not chemically or biologically treated and are processed with minimal mechanization. Seeds are hand selected, prepared and packaged.

Information for planting:

Product Detail: Petiveria allicea wild seeds. Germination rate 85%. Purity 99%. Packet includes instructions for planting.

Growing requirements:

Guinea hen weed plant extracts are used for anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antispasmodic, emmenagogic, analgesic, antileukemic, antirheumatic, anthelmintic, antimicrobial, and depurative purposes. Due to its activity on the CNS, P. alliaceae is also used as an anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, anesthetic, and sedative. However, there are no clinical trials to support these uses.

No studies have evaluated herb-herb interactions or herb-drug interactions with P. alliaceae.


None well documented.

Clinical data are lacking.

In South American folk medicine, P. alliaceae is speculated to have curative and mysterious properties. In Brazil, the plant has been used in religious ceremonies since the time of slavery. Due to its sedative properties and potential to alter brain function, female slaves also used preparations of P. alliaceae to seduce their masters or to protect themselves from harassment; thus the plant is popularly known as the “remedy to tame the master.”1, 3 The plant has traditionally been used for the following conditions: edema, arthritis, malaria, rheumatism, poor memory, skin disorders, GI disorders, fever, cold, cough, influenza, respiratory and pulmonary infections, cancer, and diabetes. Throughout Central America, P. alliaceae has been used to relieve pain during childbirth and as an abortifacient.