Marco, a Peruvian ritual plant steeped in centuries of tradition, is distinguished by its potent aroma. This annual plant reaches heights of 50-100cm, with stems adorned in delicate hairs, oval leaves measuring up to 10 cm, and white or yellowish flowers. Thriving in the muddy environs of Peruvian rivers, as well as the Andean altitudes of 2700-3300 meters above sea level and forest outskirts, Marco holds a special place in the culture.
In certain regions of Peru, Marco continues to play a pivotal role in ritual, spiritual, and physical cleansing, deeply ingrained in local customs. It has historically served as a reliable companion during journeys, offering protection against insects and contributing to overall well-being. Marco is also known by alternate names such as Altamisa, Artemisa, Marrco, and Marcju.
Take 1 cup of a decoction 3 times daily. The first cup before breakfast, another at 3pm and the last one 15-30m mins before bed time.
Boil 2 tablespoons in 1 litre of water for 15 mins, steep 15 minutes and strain.