Guaco Leaf - Mikania glomerata Sprengel
Guaco Leaf - Mikania glomerata Sprengel

Guaco Leaf - Mikania glomerata Sprengel

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Guaco - Mikania glomerata Sprengel

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Leaf


With the scientific name Mikania glomerata spreng, Guaco is also popularly known as snake herb, cipó-catinga, guacoliso, heart of Jesus and Guaco de Siro. It can be recognized as a woody vine, capable of reaching from 2m to 3m in height. It has abundant branches, yellowish and small flowers with a soft vanilla aroma, and bright green leaves with a heart shape and perfume similar to that of the pumpkin when kneaded. Originating in South America, Guaco can be found in all Brazilian regions, mainly in the Southeast and South. It has become popular not only for its beauty or pleasant aroma, but for its excellent medicinal properties.

Health benefits:

Guaco is composed of cinnamic acid, kaurenoic acids, stigmasterol, glycosides, tannins and resins. It is used in the treatment of coughs, colds and flu, bronchitis, throat and skin infections, rheumatism, hoarseness, asthma, high fever and allergies.

Another great benefit of Guaco is the help it provides for those who want to lose weight, since their sweat properties increase the elimination of fluids from the body, eliminating toxins, bacteria and the extra liquid responsible for causing swelling.

Due to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and analgesic properties, guaco is also widely used to treat arthritis, intestinal inflammation, rheumatism and ulcers. From the decoction of the leaves, patients can resolve rheumatic pains, neuralgia, eczema, itching and wounds.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Flu
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Throat infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Allergies
  • Skin infections
  • Rheumatism


  1. Put 2 tablespoons of herb to one liter of water
  2. Turn off when the water reaches boil
  3. Cover and leave the solution muffled for about 10 minutes
  4. Strain and drink

How to Drink:

Take 2 to 3 cups a day.


Even if it is such a beneficial herb, some people should be careful when making use of its properties. Children under one year of age and people suffering from liver disease should stay away from the guaco. In addition, patients who do some type of treatment with anticoagulant medicine, should also avoid the guaco. Overuse, or prolonged use, can also affect health, including bleeding, increased heart rate, vomiting, and diarrhea.