From the cliffs and valleys of Peru comes an indigenous plant that has been growing in popularity the past few years. Maca is a root that possesses a plethora of health benefits. In order to best utilize this plant, though, we must understand all its facts and flaws. In particular, we must understand how Black Maca, the rarest of all maca harvested, is the pinnacle of this root herb. What can maca do for you? And why is Black Maca so rare? Discover the truth of this herb and more now!

Maca root sliced and drying

Maca: Cultivation, Mysticism, and More

As mentioned above, maca is indigenous to Peru, in particular the Andes of Bolivia. They prefer high, dry air to something closer to sea level. Nowadays, maca is grown in fields and harvested during the rainy seasons of October and November. Due to the climate in which maca is cultivated, it is often free of weeds and the need for pesticides. Without weeds, pesticides, and such an unusual environment needed for farming makes maca a clean but hard to obtain root. That simple fact makes it all the more worth investing in!

Maca root’s very existence is considered an irreplaceable metaphysical property. To many holistic individuals, maca root is considered a plant that helps us adapt to change. It perseveres beyond the inhabitable weather it loves and comes out better and stronger for it. Beyond that, maca, and black maca, in particular, aids in brain function and cognitive clarity. Have memory issues? Black Maca may be able to aid you in that department. Many herbalists also believe maca increases libido, especially in men. 

Other pluses to using all the parts of maca include decreasing the risk of sunburn, lowering blood pressure, and heightening bad moods. It’s a great herb to include in smoothies and drinks as it can be powdered.

Dried and sliced black maca

The Need for Masculine Energy

The human body is made up of many different ideals and energies. In Ancient Chinese philosophy, like Confucianism, Yin and Yang are two halves of one whole cycle. And, in these same philosophies, correlate with gender. Yin is the feminine energy, as well as the shadow and darkness that lies within all beings. Yang is the masculine energy, the sunlight, and the positive thoughts that exist. Both sides of yin and yang balance each other out. Too much yin may bring in dark thoughts, too much yang may make someone reckless and air-headed. 

Black Maca may share the darkness of Yin, but it is truly a masculine herb. Not only does it aid libido, but Black Maca is said to increase the masculine energy within one who is lacking it. This replenishing of masculine energy will balance out the feminine energy within. A balanced body means less stress, better sleep, and a better mood. Consider the act of balancing vital to you picking up Black Maca as a supplement!

How to Take It

Maca comes in a variety of different types. Black Maca, the rarest and most masculine-leaning, is harder to obtain but all the more impressive. You can find Black Maca in capsule form as well as powdered. The other forms of Maca, Yellow and Red, can be found in similar forms but possess slightly different degrees of effectiveness. Other ways to take maca include tinctures, pills, and even just sliced. The leaves can be used to treat sunburn and as a burn protectant when crushed into a paste.

Powdered white maca

Overall, just be sure to look into all the benefits and side effects like you would with any medicine. Remember, Black Maca can help you if you let it. Just be sure to check with your doctor and herbalist before adding a new supplement into your repertoire!

Frankie Kavakich


Frankie Kavakich is a published prose and poetry writer and a practicing witch whose love for the occult and horror permeates their everyday life. For eight years, they have studied a variety of practices including kitchen witchery, chaos magick, divination, manifestation, and brujería. Within their writing, Frankie features numerous topics ranging from ghosts and spirits to the importance of community and reliance on nature's bounty. Their great grandmother Nilda was a healer from the rain forests of Puerto Rico, and Frankie is endlessly inspired by the gentle hands and kind hearts of their ancestors.

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