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Today, my Padrino gave me a small bundle of Pica-Pica (Mucuna pruriens), a tropical herb used in Palo and conjure as a component of conflict, cursing, hexing, and hot foot powders. In Mozabique, they are known as Mad Beans (feijões malucos) and in Nigeria, they the plant’s pods are called Devil Beans.

Medicinally, Mucuna pruriens is used in Unani and Ayurvedic medicine.
Random notes:
Never hand someone a cursing herb if you don’t intend on crossing them. Put it down and let them pick it up.
(Image via flickr / google images. I’m not in the mood to brave the rigors of touching the herb in order to photograph it at the moment.)

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