Coca leafs
English Word, Peru, South America


– The coca leaf has been chewed and brewed for tea traditionally for centuries among its indigenous peoples in the Andean region – and does not cause any harm and is beneficial to human health. When chewed, coca acts as a mild stimulant and suppresses hunger, thirst, pain, and fatigue. It helps overcome altitude sickness.  In Peru, on the way to the Chilean border, we stopped at the market where the lady kindly, but instantly offered for free coca leafs for easier getting over altitude sickness but we refused it. Later on, on the half way from the market towards the destination, I sure understood what she meant by insisting to take them. I now know for next time. –

Puno, Peru