Catuaba (pronounced kot-chew-BAH) is a smaller flowering tree of the Amazon jungle related to the coca plant but producing none of the alkaloids found in cocaine. It bears orange and yellow flowers that produce a yellowish-brown, inedible fruit.
The Tupi tribe in northern Brazil discovered the aphrodisiac qualities of catuaba several hundred years ago. Trading the herb throughout South America, the Tupis have made catuaba the most popular of all the Amazonian aphrodisiac plants.
There is a saying in South America that says, " Until a father is 60, the son is his; after that the son is Catuaba's." It is said that regular consumption of Catuaba bark over a period of time leads first to erotic dreams, which are later followed by increased libido.
Use as infusion (tea). Take 1 to 2 grams (teaspoons), 3 or 4 times a day, or as directed by a Herbal practitioner. Sweeten with a little honey if desired.
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