Muña, The Herb That Almost Landed Me in a Peruvian Prison : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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muna-herb
Looks harmless right? Just wait…

Alberto Fujimori, Joran van der Sloot… Kevin Gianni?

No, I didn’t commit murder or crimes against humanity like those other thugs, but the last time we were in Peru, I almost did something that would have landed me in a Peruvian jail, had I not been stopped at just the right time.

Let me explain…

Our Path is Paved with Good Intentions

When we go to Peru, we have a few objectives.

First, we go to take a break from the American lifestyle. Even Lima is slower paced than many of the cities we frequent like New York, L.A. or San Francisco.

We also go to be with our Peruvian family. We’re now god-parents to a beautiful Q’ero-mestizo girl named Esperanza.

We definitely go to practice our Spanish… pero tengo que practicar, porque mi español es horrible.

And finally, we go to discover foods, herbs and practices that we can bring back to you and share to help you reach higher levels of health.

That last objective is the one that almost got me in serious trouble.

A Mini Machu Picchu Unknown to Most…

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A sacred place not many tourists have seen…

We’ve now spend almost 2 and a half months in Peru over the last few years, so we’ve become quite familiar with the cities we spend the most time in — Cusco and Lima. In Lima, we spend time in the parks of Miraflores and in Cusco, we spend our time in the Plazas watching people, reading or soaking in the hot, equatorial sun.

We’ve also made some fantastic friends — one of them a well connected dancer named Jackie.

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Jackie has a knack for taking us to really cool places.

On our last trip, Jackie took us into the Sacred Valley to meet her friend Daniel. Daniel is originally from a small village about a 4 hour hike up into the mountains on the way to Lares. She promised us that Daniel would show us some of the ancient Incan ruins that his village has hidden from the government since they fear if they know they’re there, the tourism department will take away their land and turn it into a mini-Machu Picchu.

We had met Daniel before the previous year when we did a small despacho ceremony around a fire with Dr. Williams and a small group from D.C. and Seattle.

ceremony-around-fire-sacred-valley
Our ceremony in the foothills…

He was quiet then. Tall, with dark hair and dark eyes. His clothes were 3 days overdue for a wash.

When we met him again, he looked the same, though this time he was much more talkative. He was happy to show us where he grew up.

We spent the night at a guest house and the next day, we took a wild plant tour led by an old man — I can’t remember his name — before we headed up to the Daniel’s village.

The old man was short, thin and only had one or two teeth, but he knew his plants. Annmarie busily took notes as he shared what their medicinal and traditional uses were. I even got into the mix by pointing out some nettles and wood sorrel.

One of the herbs he pointed out was one that I remembered from the last trip.

Tripping Over Something Quite Interesting

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It was all a plan hatched by these children. They must be informants.

That last trip we had just done a ceremony in a small cave about 45 minutes drive and 1 hour hike south of Cusco. Our eyes were glazed over as we walked out and my mind was in a dreamlike state. Outside the entrance of the cave, sat three children — so close I nearly tripped over them as I exited. There were two dark girls and one boy — all with dirty faces and clothes. They were holding bunches of herbs and wanted to sell them to us.

We bought a few bunches for no more than a couple soles — about $1.00 U.S.

As I went to smell them, I was blown away by the minty, fresh smell of one. I was almost unable to separate myself from it — like a cat to catnip. (Minus the rolling, darting and hallucinating.)

I asked Sebastian, our Q’ero shamanic leader, what it was and he said in a gruff native-spanish accent, “muña.”

Muña.

It’s Freaking Everywhere… Why Didn’t I See It Before?

After we returned, I saw muña everywhere.

It was offered as a tea at all the restaurants.

It was in the supplement stores as a digestive tonic.

The extract you could find in many of the anti-bacterial tinctures and drinks.

It was an herb that I started to get very excited about. So much so, that I almost went to jail for it.

A Little Deal Between Daniel and I

On this trip, after the old man went back to his home and we had started walking up to the ruins, Daniel showed me just how abundant muña was around the slopes of his village. He told me that his family and ancestors have used the herb for thousands of years for stomach issues, digestion, an overall energy boost and to improve circulation (for them this helps with the altitude.)

I picked a few leaves off of a plant and was again intoxicated by the smell.

I knew I had to bring it back to the U.S.

But, I didn’t want to just bring it back.

I wanted to give Daniel and his community a chance to make some extra money — since jobs in his village are hard — if not impossible to come by.

I talked to Jackie and Daniel and told him that I would pay him to pick about 25 kilos of the herb, dry it as they traditionally would and then we’d arrange shipping it to the U.S.

I wanted to bring it in to share it with some friends to see if they would be as crazy about it as I was.

Daniel agreed and a few hours later — after our hike up and down the mountain — we shook hands over a cup of muña tea. I told him I’d return in a week and we’d arrange to ship the harvest to the U.S. and I’d pay him a fair wage for his work.

I also told him I’d bring a bottle of Pisco — a Peruvian grape brandy — as a gift since he wanted to show me how to make an authentic Pisco Sour (one I probably wouldn’t have drank at all… LOL!)

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The pisco sour Daniel might have made for me.

Anyway, while we headed back to Cusco in a mini-bus, I took the muña leaves out of my pocket and enjoyed their fresh eucalyptus-mint aroma. I dreamed about how I would get my 25 kilos shipped and distributed to my friends, colleagues and family so they could smell what I was smelling and drink the tea that I’d fallen in love with.

The next day I went to work making arrangements.

Operation Muña Begins…

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Scratching a business plan on a napkin with Jackie and Daniel.

I called our team back in the states to tell them what I wanted to do.

They called DHL and our representative told us that there was a pick up in Urubamba — very close to where we stayed the night before with Daniel, Jackie and the old man.

Everything was working out just as planned.

I pictured my mother trying a bit of the herb in a tea and telling me how it helped her digestion. I imagined some of my friends asking me how they could get more of it for themselves. I thought about Daniel and his village being able to build the community kitchen they wanted to build to serve the hikers who travel through their land and to give some of his people jobs.

Then we went to a little cafe a few blocks from our apartment to have a cup of tea (muña of course) to check email.

Among the 25 or so new messages, one stood out for obvious reasons.

The headline was short and in caps…

DO NOT SHIP MUNA

Operation Muña Ends…

This, of course, caught my attention and I opened it right away.

One of our team members smartly had contacted a connection we have who has helped us bring in some Peruvian products in the past. (He helped with the sacha inchi — which now is very difficult to get high quantity and quality. That’s the reason we’re still out of stock.)

He had a chilling message for us.

He explained that exporting flora from Peru is very highly regulated. You need to have permits, pay fees, and have customs in your back pocket in order to make anything happen.

Any attempt to not following these rules “can even land you in jail…..!”

That was his last sentence.

For a minute, I was ticked off. It’s a plant. Why, in 2011 in the age of the global-everything, can’t I bring some back with me. I wasn’t trying to smuggle coca — the herb that is made into cocaine.

This was muña. An herb that tastes great as a tea and is fantastic for digestion.

Then, I was disappointed. I really wanted to give Daniel an opportunity to deliver on this deal so maybe we could set up a more formal arrangement moving forward.

Then, I came to my senses.

Peruvian prison is not for guys like me. I’m big, but I’m kind of a wimp. I don’t do drugs. I’m not good at lying. And I definitely have never bribed anyone before.

All these skills I felt would have been necessary if I wanted to even survive a few days in a holding cell with some of Peru’s nastiest criminals.

kevin-peruvian-prison
Do you think I’d last in a Peruvian prison? Yeah, didn’t think so.

So I contacted our connection.

I asked him if there was any chance it could happen — if there was a way that he knew that would make it legit. He told me it would be best to use his own connections, but it would take time.

I had to break the news to Daniel. We couldn’t move forward.

Due to the complexity of the situation and my awful Spanish, I had Jackie call him while were eating lunch at her home with friends and family.

I was sure that I was going — in good faith — to have to leave Jackie with money to give to Daniel.

But I heard Jackie tell Daniel that it was OK. Apparently, he didn’t start on the harvest. He was waiting for a confirmation call from me.

Thank goodness.

She explained to him that the Peruvian government isn’t in alignment with our idea of a little wildcrafted herb operation and that we couldn’t ship the herb to the U.S.

He understood.

There was relief on all sides. I told her in English to tell Daniel that we’ll take a rain check on the Pisco. She looked at me funny. I realized she didn’t understand what a “rain check” was.

I said forget it and smiled.

She hung up the phone smiling too and took a sip of her coffee.

I told her I didn’t like rules like these and then asked her how dangerous Peruvian jails really were.

Unlike Jackie, her smile disappeared and she became uncharacteristically stern.

She told me strongly, “Las cárceles peruanas son las más peligrosas.”

I took a sip of tea and smirked.

She shook her head to tell me she didn’t know what to think of me.

So, Is An Herb Worth Going to Jail For?

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Would I rather be here… or in jail…

I can’t say any herb is worth going to a Peruvian prison for, but I can tell you that using muña is like being in the foothills of the Andes.

After about 8 months of working very hard, we’ve finally been able to bring this herb into the country with all the appropriate paperwork and documentation.

It’s flavor is earthy and minty and I love making a tea with the dried leaves. It’s also fantastic for digestion and in many cases the Peruvians use it to help with stomach bugs and balancing the gut flora. Unlike many gut flora balancing herbs, this one tastes great and is not bitter or harsh.

Muña is also used for those who are sensitive to altitude, but if you’re at sea level, this is a benefit as well. Muña is likely able in increase circulation which in turn can bring more oxygen to your cells. As you probably know, oxygen is one of the most important raw materials our cells need.

It’s truly an ancient medicine that hasn’t left the Andes until now. I’ve recently, legally (LOL!), brought in some for you to try. It’s picked fresh, dried and then bagged so that it comes to you as close to harvest as possible.

It’s flavor, as I said, is unique and unlike anything you’ve tried before. I even challenge you to take a few leaves and smell them and see if you can put them down. I know for me, once I smell that intense aroma, I need to smell it all day long.

Anyway, I’ve love for your to try this amazing piece of Peru today. Just last week, we received our first shipment of this herb and I’d love for you to try it. This weekend — into the beginning of next week — we’ve put together a 2 bag special that will save you $5.00 on this wildcrafted, ancient herb of the Incas.

Here’s where you can read more and get your bag (or two) today…

Click here to buy muña today!

We’ve also brought in some unique carob syrup that is a fantastic deep flavored sweetener — with notes of molasses, coffee, and chocolate. You can read more about that in the product pages, but I’ll be writing about that tomorrow!

Sipping a cup of muña tea…

Your Question of the Day: Have you heard of muña? Tried it?

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. GMAN says:

    All that story and you had it for us after all! HAHAHAHA!

    There are some herbs that are worth the risk to some. It’s an interesting belief system and path to take.

  2. Mary Ann Ludwig says:

    What I understand from international traveling is that you aren’t supposed to bring home ANY produce from ANY country.

  3. erin b says:

    Nope, would love to if I ever have the chance.
    Loved this blog/share. Beautiful and very interesting. Lovely place and people.
    Thanks Kevin, a great read and wonderful photos.

  4. sue says:

    You fooled me!

    I think usually the problem is bringing flora INTO a country. Anyone else have this problem going thru Hawaii on a plane? Each plant has its companion pests possibly.

  5. I used a lot of muna when I was in Peru, like it better for the altitude than coca tea. I think I almost tripped over those same “3 kids”… I brought home as much tea as I could. Glad you found a way to get it here.

  6. Mary Kay says:

    No, I’ve never heard of it or tried it.

    But I’m disappointed in the fact that you went through such detail telling us how you couldn’t get it, and then all of a sudden, tell us that now you can. I feel a piece was missed out of this interesting story.

    Can you elaborate? did the village get to pick it and $$$gain from it? etc.

  7. WILL says:

    do you have any seeds, and what is the botanical name for “muna”?

  8. Jim Dee says:

    Best watch that “selling herbs”, Kev. Now that you’re in Northern CA, you might veer off the straight & narrow path & start selling “herbal remedies” from Humboldt county…

  9. In this case. I hoped the govrment had stoped you. I just ask why always sell everything in the US? Is there no other way to promote this herbs. I dont realy understands this buisness mentality all the time.

    It makdes me sad. I only see you earn the cash for getting herbs from other areas. I dont think so. You support Quero with Dr Williams. So i also think you will give some money to the local people. In such cases isnt it better to promote a product as fairtrade. Show what it brings the local people instead showing a white hero explorer Story. With why im going nearly to jial. A lot people faced jail in their own coutries just for being looking suspicious or being controlled for ID. Its a bit confusing Kevin.

    What get the local people for the muna Herb. Do they have any benefit? And How you ensure that it is in the Balance of the Ecosystem. AAnd what if people like this herbs so much and make a big buisness out of it. Im bit worrying that you are to naiv in the consewuences of this wildharvesting and shipping sacred plants to money countries.

  10. GLORIA says:

    HI,
    GOD MADE ALL THINGS NATURAL FOR OUR BENEFIT.
    HERBS ARE WONDERFUL BECAUSE GOD MADE THEM.
    WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE THINGS
    THAT YOU USE???
    I JUST TURNED 72 YESTERDAY THE 2ND AND WOULD
    LOVE TO HAVE BETTER HEALTH AS IN CIRCULATION
    AND TO UN-BLOCK ARTERIES SINCE HEART SURGERY
    YEARS AGO AS LEGS ARE NOW MESSED UP..
    THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
    GLORIA

  11. Ivy says:

    Yes, I would buy seeds from you if you had some. I think it’s great you love to travel there, but I also value local more then hitching myself up on the must-have flavors from out of state. It would be great if you could get a large greenhouse rental to grow these herbs on your own.

  12. kuychimama says:

    what a crazy story. muna is also good as a natural repelant. i am so shocked that the problem exists on the peruvian side. i have lived in peru for the last 18 years and love the people here and their natural remedies for almost anything. i also live here because i work with two plant masters; ayahuasca and san pedro which, of course, is prohibited in the u.s. and other countries. why? they are plants from god so why do the humans think they have the right to control us with sacred plants. just blows my mind on how the governments want to prohibit something that will change your life for the better. i also know jackie but haven’t seen her in awhile because i live in the sacred valley. nice blog; very informative with a bit of humor. next time you are in peru write me.

  13. Thomas says:

    I’ve only seen muña offered as a tincture or a tea and mostly from companies in Lima. Shipping a small quantity from there could be a problem. It’s good that you can carry it now.

  14. josephine says:

    Online, I found this about muna: Minthostachys setosa, Andean mint has a deep scent that cleanses negative vibrations. The traditional uses of Minthostachys are manifold

  15. Norman Hawker says:

    Jeez! I’m surprised at the other responses. I thought your story was fantastic, Kevin, and I enjoyed the pictures and feeling that I almost got to tag along with you. I agree though, there must have been a paragraph missing. What happened between your canceling the order and your recently bringing in some legally?

  16. Lola says:

    What a fascinating story, and how great that you have the opportunity to visit the locals in Peru. It’s heartwarming to me to see how you are always concerned about helping the locals survive and thrive without exploiting them. It’s too often a human trait to take unfair advantage of others for personal gain. The maxim, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a wonderful biblical truth to live by. It is an “absolute truth.” I understand that today many don’t believe in absolute truth. I do…and this is one of those absolute truths! Thank you for being gracious and caring of others!!!! I pray it comes back to you a hundred fold!

  17. JT says:

    Anne Marie almost looks like she could be part Peruvian. Is she? She fits right in with the kids!

  18. Wendy Sailor says:

    We have a plant that looks very much like that one that grows where the huckleberries grow (we live in the Pacific NW–a bit west of Seattle) but the local Master Gardener told me it was poisonous. Ack! It is not the same thing as yours, I know, but it certainly LOOKED like it. It definitely did not smell like mint. It was OK though, we were more than happy to find the incredible mass of huckleberry bushes!

    Anne Marie always looks so radiant. I enjoy seeing the two of you together.

  19. Harlow says:

    I agree with Mary Kay. Appears to be a missing part to your story.
    What an anticlimax. So how did you get around the Peruvian govt?

    And this part was really confusing:

    “Unlike Jackie, (do you mean to say Daniel?)he (her, assuming a typo) smile disappeared and she became uncharacteristically stern…..She shook her head to tell me she didn’t know what to think of me.”

    She didn’t know what to think of you? Sorry strange story telling.U lost me.did she get pissed because deal didn’t go through? You did say she got uncharacteristally stern…
    “Gringos ” have to be very careful in south America such easy targets,and you have that typical Gringo look.

    So apart from the locals telling you what this herb does did you experience any of it’s claimed benefits?

  20. rebecca cody says:

    Kevin,

    When we were in Ecuador two years ago I learned of an herbal protocol that a woman used, at the advice of her Naturalista doctor, which cured her breastcancer. If I gave you the list of herbs, do you think you coould import them through your source?

  21. chusmacha says:

    Wonderful story. I want to go to Peru and drink muna~ tea.

  22. maca says:

    Great story. Alas, I’m in Thailand, so not able to buy anything from your store.

  23. Lori says:

    Fun little story but you clearly exaggerate when you say you almost landed in a Peruvian jail. Then again, is there a salesmen who does not like to stretch the truth in order to bait their customer for a sale? ;)

  24. LynnCS says:

    I will get some of the tea and enjoy the soothing fragrance and feelings that you describe. Glad you finally got permission to get your shipment. I have differed on your “global spirit” attitude and sense of entitlement before. I just can’t imagine that you think you can just go anywhere, forage for whatever you want and ship it to the US, or anywhere. Plants in particularly are in question. Wish there were more regulations on some of the invasive species we fight all over this country now. We even have check points between Oregon and California to check on plants that carry a certain fruit fly. Now there is a lot of overhead spraying done to eradicate that very fruit fly and other pests. It’s not a thoughtful stance. A strange sense of entitlement, what with private property rights and laws to protect our crops etc.

    Having said that, I still love your stories and although this one was a little discombobulated and hard to get how it all worked out, thank you for putting in the time and bringing us the hope of a tummy tamer. What really did happen? All that story about the negative stuff but nothing on how it got solved. Maybe tomorrow. Thanks again. Lynn

  25. Lori says:

    Instead of a post promoting one of your products, I was hoping for a follow-up to your blood test with AnnMarie’s blood test results. Many of us are curious about her thyroid and would very much like to know if her situation is improving or getting worse. For those of us who consume a lot of raw greens (who comprise a large share of your readership), this would be very important information.

  26. Kat says:

    Wonderful story! I grow several types of mint in my backyard but always enjoy the opportunity to try a new varieties.

  27. laurie says:

    very good story and love the tidbits on Peru. My neighbors are from Peru and their mom just came for visit for three months. very expensive for some peruvians to visit here.

    I’m going to ask them if they have this Muna tea.. sounds intoxicating and delicious..Thank you for the pictures too..where are the goats???

  28. George says:

    I have little doubt that there are many valuable herbs in the world yet to be discovered by people like you. The natives have been using them for centuries of course. Getting such a herb into Australia would face similar and even greater obstacles. Thank you for the story. Evidently you managed to get some out and perhaps it is best not to ask how. In our Australian bush away from all the predation of “white man” there are probably aboriginal elders with a knowledge of many medicinal plants and this knowledge is slowly coming to our notice. The drug companies would, as usual, look for “active ingredients, isolate them and produce a drug with side effects. Why can’t they leave things as nature made them?

  29. Why not teach the natives you know how to harvest seeds so they can plant it and grow a lot more of it? And make seeds available for purchase. This would avoid bringing in plant pests, diseases or bugs.

  30. I love how you wrote like you were setting up a drug deal! Does this herb only grow at certain altitudes, Kevin?

  31. Karen says:

    Great story and fantastic photos, Kevin! I’d love to try the muna!

  32. Becky Fuller says:

    Connect with an essential oils company?
    Young Living
    DoTerra
    Forevergreen

  33. Terri says:

    Unless you’re trying to corner the market on this new-to-the-states herb, seeds would be a good thing so people can grow their own. I would prefer that over buying it imported.

    And if you’re going to tell a great story (which you did) don’t leave the climax out.
    I had a ‘HUH?’ moment. I was rather irritated. You left us hanging. Maybe you had a good laugh over that but you don’t seem to be that kind of a person. Pony-up and tell us – as Paul Harvey would say – The rest of the story.

  34. lizzy says:

    Kevin, I just had to tell you, I think this blog post could win a gold medal on ad technique! :)

    By the time I was done reading, I felt like I’d pay any amount of money for this exotic herb:)

    I know you really do write from your heart, and that’s why I enjoy reading your posts. It’s just that this one had me laughing as I realized the effect it was having on me, and i was like gee, wow, this is good copywriting! :):)

  35. lizzy says:

    After I wrote my comment I read some of the other comments and was surprised in seeing some of the negativity of the comments, so just wanted to add, I really enjoyed reading this story, and the great pics.

    And thanks for bringing this herb over here.
    One comment about are the locals getting anything for it-fairtrade, I think you made it pretty clear that you had them very much in mind, in this whole business.

    I definately think that the tropical countries have lots of treasures that we simply don’t have in the North, and whoever helps bring it over, and brings some jobs to the locals is doing a great thing.

    I hope you find more such treasures, and more business :)

    blessings

  36. virginia says:

    There are several global pharmaceutical companies and GMO¨s who would love to to get their hands on these Andean Herbs, so they could patent them by introducing some other genetic material into the ADN of these plants.Countries like Peru and Chile try to protect these plants from them falling into the hands of Monsanta, who would then be able to go ahead and prevent people in Peru from producing these products,by claiming that they, Monsanta owns the patent on “Muña”.

  37. Isobel Marsh says:

    Hi guys,
    my gifting and expertise lie in Theology, teaching and (English) writing. I just wanted to say that (as far as I can tell), you Kev have a ‘heart of gold’ and it’s your beautiful heart, adventurous spirit, sensitive nature and selflessness which really impress me.

    No doubt your gorgeous wife is the same.

    Your stories and your writing style both hold an irresistible charm, and captivating quality. I seriously can’t believe that anyone would stoop to criticize your written communication.

    Don’t let them grind you down. Keep doing what you’re doing – don’t worry about (or regret not having completed) your Thesis – that’s something you’ll no doubt resume one day (when you’re ready and when conceit won’t stand in your way). Your God-given gift is beautiful in and of itself.

    But remember Kev, it will always be God’s gift (not yours’) and I suspect that that is what you’re currently learning. It takes a while – I’ve been there too brother. May God bless you guys abundantly.

    It’s fairly obvious that you simply HAD to leave out parts of your story (to protect certain people)and that you didn’t want to compromise your own integrity. I admire that. If your critics can’t see the obvious, then their criticisms are worthless anyway

    much love from ‘Down under’

    Isobel

  38. Julie says:

    Nice story. I would like to travel to Peru, but don’t know how to find a group to travel with. Any suggestions?

  39. gloria judd says:

    Now that you have the product MUNA, how to get it , and the cost, and I am wondering also, how were you able to get it here after all, and when, I feel a chapter was left out too, but maybe you can’t tell us that? Thank-you, Gloria Judd

    • Kevin Gianni Kevin Gianni says:

      I don’t think anyone would be interested in how the product was eventually brought here. Basically, we talked to our connections who bring other products in to the U.S. from Peru, they put together all the paperwork and after about 7 months it’s here. (snore. LOL)

      The fun part is the “almost!”

      Kev

  40. […] You, of course, can read my story about how muña almost got me arrested in Peru here. […]

  41. Linda Schechterle says:

    Great to read this post! I love Peru; it’s my second home. I go as often as I can. I also love muna and drink alot of the tea when I’m there – and carry a bit of the herb when I’m hiking around Lake Titicaca. It helps me adjust to the altitude. The last time I was there, I bought a few ounces of the dried herb in a market in Arequipa and brought it home with me. When I unwrapped the package, I discovered that it was mostly stems, almost no leaves – and it was my favorite herb lady who sold it to me! I’m buying some of yours! Thanks!

  42. aida suarez says:

    Keven, I was going to make a comment on these interesting blog. But Isobel said already what i had in mind while i was reading it! Y come from a different country and I know… what you went trught tryig to import this flora tree from foreigh country.

    Me alegro que llevaste bien, y que puedes tomar ese te de menta aqui aqui en USA, si te gusto tanto. !Fantastico!

    I am not a tea drinking lover, but I have two daughters who are. Not Esther! But sure, i would like to order some of those minty dry leaves, make powder now? Will be good to use it in wintery days.

    Llevame contigo cuando vuelvas al Peru. !Que Dios te bendiga a ti y a Anamarie! Si, es verdad que tu esposa parece una tipica peruana. !Caras bellas! Ese retrato con las dos nenas y el nene esta muy lindo. Y me gusta el tuyo con el sombrero tipico de ese pais. Estas gentes de Peru parecen andinas. Me encanta la musica peruana cuando tocan sus instrumentos nativos. Aida

  43. Gina says:

    Several have asked but how about your answer, Kev??
    Can you sell some seeds for muna or how do we obtain them?
    Enjoy your blog!

  44. Annette says:

    It sounds like an adventurous trip!I betcha the people are very friendly.
    I enjoyed all the comments; like a diamond, different perspectives. We are not all the same. Life is interesting with different people. Thanks Kevin for being so honest. I can tell that you are a pleasant person.
    Cheers!

  45. DJ says:

    I got a box of Muna tea that I bought at a market in Lima back through customs in Miami just 2 weeks ago. Maybe they have let up some on the rules… or maybe because it is pre-packaged in tea bags.

  46. Elmo says:

    I started drinking Muña when I was 10 years old aprox. We use it a lot in Argentina and we drink it with yerba mate.
    I bring Muña from Buenos Aires to NY once a year at least, but you have to bring it dry, ready to consume. Neither plant nor seeds are legal to bring ?
    Thanks for the article.
    A.

  47. Angel says:

    can you please send dome reguation procedure or give the links to bring muña into Europe.
    thanks angel

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