Botanical Name: Nicotiana rustica


Native Origin: Peru


Nicotiana rustica is a rich source of the alkaloid nicotine and has a long history of use as a medicinal plant and social stimulant. This species contains up to nine times more nicotine (between 4 - 9.5%) than Nicotiana tabacum, the species normally cultivated for cigarettes, and as such has a much stronger flavour.


All parts of the plant contain the alkaloid Nicotine. The leaves are narcotic, sedative, antispasmodic, cathartic and emetic. They are used externally as a poultice and a wash in the treatment of rheumatic swelling, skin diseases and scorpion stings.


Nicotiana is a genus of 67 species of perennial herbs and shrubs, including many subspecies, strains, and cultivars. Mapacho is an annual herbaceous plant that grows up to 80cm tall. The flowers are yellow, and shorter and smaller than those of its relatives. The fruits are round capsules containing tiny red-brown seeds. Various species are used as ornamentals, insecticides, for smoking and in ceremonial applications.


Nicotiana plants are native to North and South America, and are found quite commonly in the Andes (45 species), South-Western Africa (1 species) and Polynesia and Australia (21 species).


Mapacho is best propagated from seeds. The Huichol tribe from Mexico say that the plant grows best in soil fertilized with the ashes of burned trees.


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  • The Tukanoan peoples of the Vaupés often rub a decoction of the leaves briskly over sprains and bruises. Amongst the Witotos and Boras, fresh leaves are crushed and poulticed over boils and infected wounds. Tikuna men mix the crushed leaves with the oil from palms to rub into the hair to prevent balding. The Jivaros take tobacco juice therapeutically for indisposition, chills and snake bites. In many tribes tobacco snuff may be employed medicinally for a variety of ills, particularly to treat pulmonary ailments