This tuberous plant grows in South America and in addition to the things listed above, it is considered an antioxidant, aphrodisiac, and anti-infective. It is useful for the endocrine and immune systems. Helps fight fatigue, and useful for infertility and sexual dysfunction.

Maca root

Maca root – Lepidium Peruvianum

Some of the constituents found in Maca are: urindine, malic acid and its benzoyl derivative, glucotropaeolin and m-methoxyclucotropaeolin. It is found to be rich in selenium, calcium, magnesium and iron. It contains sugars, proteins, and saratonin. It is low in fat, and high in fatty acids, including 19 different amino acids.


Maca Tincture


Common preparations are in a liquid extract, whole root or root powder. The liquid extract can be taken in water or juice, or straight from the dropper. The whole root can be eaten raw, sliced, cooked, boiled or baked, not unlike a turnip. The powder can be mixed in water or teas, sprinkled on food or encapsulated; it has also been used as a flour substitute.



Maca root flour

Maca powder

Ancient Incan warriors were said to ingest Maca before going into battle in an effort to make them physically strong and increase their endurance.


Kerry Brock, Certified Herbalist and owner at Shawnee Moon, is a researcher of plants, an eater of herbs, a drinker of coffee and a formulator of remedies. She keeps busy trying out pinterest diy’s and often failing at cooking in her backwoods home in rural southeast Missouri with her fantastic husband, Davy, two dogs, an assortment of cats and a unbelievably supportive family near by.


The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease. It is simply for use in the maintenance and promotion of good health in cooperation with a licensed medical practitioner. Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not licensed to treat or diagnose disease. Consult with your physician for diagnosis or treatment. By using this information you agree that the decisions regarding your health are your own responsibility and understand that Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not liable for your health decisions.

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