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stunning jungle vine that clambers high into the forest canopy. Large sections of the vine have a distinctive markings with the mild fragrance of clove, hence the name “Clavo Huasca, or clove vine.” It is far and wide one of the more famous botanical vines in the upper Amazon often being cultivated near village huts. Destined to become well-known in North America someday because of its excellent antipyretic compounds and the mischevious reputation often employed in women’s love potions. It is often refered to as “rompe Calozones” or “ break your underwear.” Sections of the vine bear a distinctive maltese cross when severed from the mother plants. It regrows readily in the humid tropics. The bark of this great vine is highly regarded in the Amazon region as a remedy for impotence, weak erections, and as an aphrodisiac for men and women. It is relied on for its analgesic properties in fevers, aches and arthritis. It is also used as a stomach and digestive aid.
A giant canopy tree growing to 90 feet, Azucar Huayo, or Jatoba, is a toning and energising bark. It also finds use as an antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, expectorant, antiyeast and hepatoprotector (liver tonic). It is loaded with nearly 40 phytochemicals, making it useful for many more conditions throughout South America as well as a general tonic.