What is Ajo Sacha / Mansoa Alliacea?
This plant is known as “ajo sacha“, “ajo sacha“, and the “garlic vine“. It is cataloged under two main Latin names, Mansoa alliacea and Pseudocalyma alliaceum. For more in-depth scientific research that we do not cover, you can investigate this website.
Among the mestizos of the Amazon rainforest it is known as ajo sacha, a Spanish-Quechua name that means “forest garlic” or “wild garlic“.
While it is not of the garlic family, its leaves, vine bark, and roots have the characteristics, resemblance, smell and taste of real garlic. It is even used as substitute for Garlic in food.
Ajo Sacha grows into a cluster of vines, and it is common to plant it next to the trunk of a tree.
The flowers will range in color from a pale to deep lavender, and it blooms heavily in the Spring and Fall. Throughout the rest of the year, the plant will still have some flowers. Flowers start off purple and overtime they will become more pale, eventually fading to white. You will see 3 different color of flowers at the same time on the plant.
The plant is also burned as an incense for aromatheraputic purposes.
Mansoa alliacea has been exported overseas, and grows in the favourable climates of (for example) Puerto Rico, Southern Africa, Thailand and India. It is cultivated in the West Indies.
Here is a photo of the cross section of the trunk of the plant. It has an interesting shape.
The plant thrives in tropical zones, between 20 and 26 degeres and sandy and clay soil. They are not resistant to floods and are capable of “drowning”. The plantation must coincide with the beginning of the rainy season, that is, in the months of November and December in the Amazon.
Ajo Sacha Shamanic Dieta
The Ajo Sacha plant is one of the Master Teacher Plants of Amazonian Shamanism. In its mildest application, the leaves are crushed and soaked in water for bathing purposes. This is an effective way to purify the body before entering the ceremony.
When someone begins their dieta with this plant in some traditions, they will bathe in a tub that is fulled with the leaves of ajo sacha plant, as if they are boiling in a big cup of garlic tea.
The “true” dieta that involves this plant has not been widely documented, so we will highlight one particular dieta as shared online:
- The roots of the plant are soaked for up to 24 hours
- A Curendero will prepare and bless the medicine with icaros (prayer songs) and mapacho (jungle tobacco) smoke
- A Shaman will come deliver you the plant in your isolated Tambo/hut structure
- You will drink the concotion with a strong taste of garlic
- You will experience nausea and lucid dreams
- You stay in an isolated environment in a meditative state and recieve the teachings of the plant.
Here is a report written by someone who worked with the plant for many years in dietas:
One of the things that really struck me was its ability to help you stalk (hunt down what you really want in life) After months of drinking Ajo as a tea, I felt remarkably stronger, more grounded and more focused in my goals. I felt also more confident and powerful, as if I could face anyone without reservation. This feeling has stayed with me. It also gives you wonderfully instructive dreams that have a way of really hitting it home. From the dreams alone I have learned so much about my own past patterns and habits. How exactly these plant medicines work is to me still mystery…but they do certainly work, each in their own unique ways!
Ajo Sacha also carries a pervasive light quality – subtle and difficult to pinpoint in solid form, but which promotes a sense of calm and tranquility in the dieter, and teaches greater confidence in establishing healthy boundaries in relationships.
Ajo Sacha is an excellent beginner’s Dieta with low risk of turning ‘malogrado’ (which can happen when discipline of food, mind and sex are not applied well during Dieta, and is a more serious risk with some of the advanced Teacher Plants). Ajo Sacha is often combined with other strong Master plants such as Bobinsana, Pinon Blanco or Renaquilla to help balance the energies in the diet.
What are the effects of drinking Ajo Sacha tea?
Health benefits of Ajo Sacha
Ajo sacha is a common and respected plant remedy in the Amazon. Capsules of the plant’s leaves are sold in stores in Brazil and Peru, and it is found as an ingredient in other various multi-herb formulas for cold and flu, pain, inflammation and arthritis in general. The use of ajo sacha is just catching on here in the U.S. market; a few products are now available and it is showing up in several formulas for colds and arthritis.
When ingested in a tea, the Ajo Sacha is considered to be:
and a treatment for:
- body aches and pain
- uterine disorders
- digestive issues such as Candida overgrowth
It is believed that the plant works its benefits in the body through purifying the blood of the person who drinks it. Legend also says it is used to ward off negative energy or ‘evil spirits’ in Amazonian cultures.
Anti-cancer properties of Ajo Sacha
Ajo sacha’s has been studied for its anti-cancer actions in three studies. Researchers first reported in 1992 that ajo sacha’s anti-cancer actions came from the well-known and well-studied anticancerous naphthoquinones chemicals found in the plant. But research published in 2015 indicates that the anticancer actions could also be coming from the organosulfur compounds. A third research group published a preliminary in vitro study in 2015 that just showed a crude leaf extract was active at low dosages against a mouse cancer cell line.
Preparing Ajo Sacha flower to drink at home
The leaves of the plant are consumed, some people eat them in capsules but ideally you want to drink it as a tea. Here is a sample recipe on how to work with the plant:
- Use 2 tsp. of the powdered leaves for each 8 oz. of water.
- Using medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil in an open pot.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and place a lid on the pot.
- Allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes.
- Pour the mixture through a fine strainer and allow it to cool for a time before drinking.
- One cup is taken 2 to 3 times daily.