Mamajuana is a true aphrodisiac. Made
from unique vines and roots, native to the Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Island of Love
Order Mamajuanamade with Caribbean rum
2 oz dropper bottle
Order Mabi Mix
All the herbs in Cheryl's formula for primo Mamajuana or Mabi.
8 oz packet with directions for up to 4 gallons Mama juana or 20 gallons of Mabi tea.
Order Bejuco de Indio
The main ingredient of traditional Mabi. Wildcrafted from
forest vines; extremely potent. Thick, clean bark. Special
4 oz., pure Bejuco de Indio
8 oz., pure Bejuco de Indio
1 lb., pure Bejuco de Indio
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There is a combination of herbs and "bejucos" used commonly
in the Dominican Republic, called "Mama Juana". English speakers
joke it should be spelled "Mama wan'na"! It is a rum extract of these
herbs and there it is considered the National Drink. The main ingredient, "Bejuco
de Indio" is also prepared like a juice drink and sold in soda pop
bottles from ice carts on the street.*
The ingredients vary from dealer to dealer. In the Capital, most
Mama Juana is made with Brazil, a red heartwood that I know well
as a red dye. It has received some study as a male potency enhancer
and is included in at least one Western formula. In the north of
the country, where we are working, the ingredients are traditionally
listed as the ones we use in our mix, but what is actually in the
bottles being sold is mostly only the first ingredient "Bejuco
de Indio," plus some leaves for flavour.
All the herbs we use in our formulas have been identified by a
local herbalist (1), and confirmed by literature and the national
botanical garden in the Capital. I have tested out each ingredient
individually, using freshly wild crafted herbs just as we use in
this mix. In this way I am sure of their actions and their usefulness.
Here is the list of ingredients, with findings:
Bejuco de Indio, Gouania polygama. Considered
by Arvigo (2) to be "a superior remedy for male impotency." Used
alone, it energizes the entire lower body. From the waist down, nerve
sensation is enhanced. A large dose gives sensations of vibration
in the legs. It imparts a strong "sexy" odor to sweat and
body secretions, enhancing the attractive pheromones. This root is
used in the soda pop version called "Mabi," a traditional
drink with thousands of years of use in the Islands.
Note: Pure Bejuco de Indio is available. See pricing information below.
Bejuco de Costilla, Paullinia pinnata L.
A woody vine, it is the bark of the stem that is collected. Like
Bejuco de Indio it energizes the lower body; like Timacle, it contributes
to greater flexibility. It also imparts a sense of heat to the body,
which can be quite remarkable for some people, though barely a noticeable
effect for others.
Batata de Bejuco de Chin, Smilax sp.
The root is the "batata" = potato. This is sarsaparilla,
well known as an endocrine enhancer and mild sexual stimulant. There
are several species, all seem to be active (3). One Smilax or another
is found in almost all current male enhancement combinations, and
in female breast enhancement creams.
Timacle, Chiococca alba (4). An amazingly
robust vine with huge gnarly roots. Its main action is on the ligaments,
making them instantly more flexible. This effect lasts for several
days. A mild diuretic and anesthetic. It also has a remarkable energizing
effect on the mind, promoting clear thinking. Timacle is an indigenous
word, originally meaning ‘brave.'
Bitter Ginger, Gengiberes Amargo(Spanish),
Zinbiger zerumbet. A member of the ginger family, the root
looks almost identical to regular hot and spicy ginger. It is a
little more yellow in the flesh and darker in the bark. The taste
has overtones of regular ginger, but is less hot and instead is
strongly bitter. It is used as a heart tonic, improving circulation.
It is also used to improve digestion and ward off internal parasites.
It has potential as an effective arthritis remedy, reducing pain
and swelling and increasing strength and range of motion. It is
being investigated as a topical treatment to the scalp, to encourage
stronger hair growth.
Cinnamon bark, locally grown, is added for flavour.
It improves circulation and imparts a sense of warmth.
Yname, or true yam. Diascoraea, species.
Dioscoraea roots are recognized worldwide as having hormone enhancing
properties. We use the bark of these large roots for maximum effect.
The sweet inner pulp is then cooked and eaten like potatoes, so the
roots serve two functions. This is the herb which has been investigated
(studies conducted in Israel) as the active ingredient in a topical
cream which has been shown to increase bone mass in post menopausal
The knowledge of these herbs has been passed down for the thousands
of years people have lived on this island. Your purchase of these
products can help this remnant indigenous group buy back their land,
so they can continue to live as a peaceful demonstration to the world
of their mutually supportive, family based culture, that has much
yet to teach us of the otherwise unknown wild medicines of their
island. Read more about the project at www.mamadoc.org.
(1) Pérez-Brito, Nicolas, Indigenous natural healer. Natural
Indigenous community of Los Cocos, Boca Nueva, north coast, Dominican
(2) Arvigo, Rosita, and Michael Balick, "Rainforest Remedies,"1993.
Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, WI. Page 111: "The root is a superior remedy
for male impotency".
(3) Grieve, Mrs. M., "A Modern Herbal," 1931. 1971 by Dover,
NY. Vol. 1, Page 744: "All the Sarsasparillas have medicinal properties
and can be used in the same way."
(4) Liogier, Dr. Alain Henri, "Diccionario Botanico de Nombres Vulgares
de la Espanola," Jardin Botanico Nacional, Santo Domingo, Rep. Dominicana,
Second Edition, 2000. Also Dr. Angel B. Cordero, "Plantas Medicinales
Available NOW —
MAKE YOUR OWN! The raw herbs themselves are now available! Make
your own "Mama juana" (in brandy or rum) or "Mabi" (as
Other products sold on this web site:
Osiris — Herbal Tincture of Mama juana
This herbal combo has several thousand years of use in the native
culture. The traditional use of this tonic combination takes several
forms. About half use it as tea. About a quarter of the use is as
tincture made with the local rum. (This is the form when the herbs
are used as an aphrodisiac: the men commonly drink several shot glasses
at a time.) The third way of using these herbs is to ferment them
in water with sugar or honey. This "mabi" is sold from vendors carts
like soda pop.
To most closely duplicate traditional use, and to conserve the potency
of these unique herbs as carefully as possible, we are making our
tincture of the wildcrafted herbs in Caribbean rum.
Osiris and Isis formulas
Osiris formula — for men (Mama juana, Cheryl's recipe)
2 oz dropper bottle. The above ingredients tinctured in Caribbean rum.
Isis formula — for women
2 oz dropper bottle. Has more of the Yname dioscorea, which is a proven
We are also making a topical cream using these same ingredients.
Instead of being extracted in alcohol, the herbs are extracted in
pure organic grown vegetable oil, mixed with enough beeswax to make
a soft cream. This is especially effective when massaged into painful
joints. It can be used as a face cream to rejuvenate thinning, wrinkling