Guaco herb is the common name for several vining plants in the Mikania genus, most of which are native to tropical rainforests of Central and South America.
Guaco leaves are opposite, cordate (heart-shaped), and about 2-6 inches long with a bright green, shiny surface. The leaf margins are crenate to dentate or slightly toothed.
The traditional use of guaco as a snake bite antidote and snake deterrent earned it the common names snake vine and snake herb.
– Alterative – Astringent – Bitter tonic – Carminative – Antimicrobial – Anti-inflammatory – Expectorant – Anticoagulant (blood thinner)