A manicured Yaupon Holly (ilex vomitoria), the plant roasted and brewed into asi or “black drink” by the Miccosukee and other Creeks as an emetic aid to purge anger and falsehood.
The Latin taxonomy incorrectly refers to emetic properties. The purge was a result of fasting, meditation and intent. Massive caffeine in the drink helped empty stomachs begin the physiological vomiting reflex. 

A manicured Yaupon Holly (ilex vomitoria), the plant roasted and brewed into asi or “black drink” by the Miccosukee and other Creeks as an emetic aid to purge anger and falsehood.

The Latin taxonomy incorrectly refers to emetic properties. The purge was a result of fasting, meditation and intent. Massive caffeine in the drink helped empty stomachs begin the physiological vomiting reflex. 

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