Table 1

Plants used for successful hunting (steaming, "crossed", dog's nose)

Scientific name

Common name


Zingiberaceae Aframomum melegueta

Guinea pepper

Dry seeds are ground to a powder, and sprinkled on the dog's food

Aristolochiaceae Aristolochia rugosa

Mat root

Considered "hot". Used to bathe lazy dogs (also crossed dogs)

Solanaceae Capsicum frutescens

Bird pepper

Put juice of 2 small fruit in dog's nose so it can find trail or to improve its ability to follow a scent

Cecropiaceae Cecropia peltata

Bois canĂ´t

Dry leaf is put in water with red Physic nut (Jatropha gossypifolia). The water is left in the open for nine days until larvae are seen. The water is then used to bathe the dog

Euphorbiaceae Croton gossypifolius

Blood bush/ Bois sang

Bathe dog with leaves of bois sang and kojo root plant and mardi gras leaves and berries if the dog is not performing as well as in the past

Not yet identified

Turpentine bush

Bathe dogs with crushed leaves

Euphorbiaceae Jatropha curcas, Jatropha gossypifolia

White/Red Physic Nut

Three leaves each of white and red bushes are crushed and put into bath water. The water is then used to bathe the dog

Piperaceae Lepianthes peltata

Sun bush

Use crushed leaves to bathe dog for "cross"

Solanaceae Nicotiana tabacum


Cleans dog's nose to improve its ability to follow a scent

Piperaceae Ottonia ovata

Pot bush

Crush a piece of stem and leaves or roots and put it in the dog's nose or wash the dog's nose with decoction

Phytolaccaceae Petiveria alliacea

Kojo root

Bathe dogs with ground root so they are more alert

Euphorbiaceae Phyllanthus urinaria

Seed under leaf

Plant tops used to bathe dogs for "cross"

Piperaceae Piper hispidum

Candle bush

Leaves are used to bathe dogs

Asteraceae Vernonia scorpioides


Bathe dogs with leaves so that they are more alert

Lans et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2001 1:10   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-1-10

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