Native to South Africa, acacia, also popularly known as angico, combats skin problems and helps, mainly, with the quick healing of wounds. One of the ways to use the properties of this plant is to wash the injured area. And more: in addition to disinfecting, it prevents inflammation and helps with healing.
Its scientific name is Acacia horrorida , its leaves are small and the colors vary from green to yellow. The name is also used to refer to leguminous plants, like the bean family, for example. But only the genera Senegalia and Vachellia were found in Brazil.
The properties of acacia are varied, they include: tannins, mucilage, saponins and coloring.
Benefits of Acacia
Acacia mainly fights a bacteria called Strepto coccus faecalis , which can lodge in the gastrointestinal tract and is extremely harmful to health.
In addition, it also combats the lack of appetite and helps, especially, people who suffer from respiratory diseases – such as sinusitis or rhinitis due to the fact that it has the necessary vitamins to fight bacteria and inflammation caused by viruses and fungi.
When you are going through constant seasons of virus, which are common in winter, it is recommended to drink a cup of acacia tea, as it stimulates the immune system and strengthens the body. But in people who already have symptoms, it helps to fight bacteria, lack of appetite and malaise.
Its compressions help heal deep cuts and clean bruises by disinfecting them. But it can also be used as a natural moisturizer. Leave on top of the desired location for 10 minutes, then wash normally – the skin will be cleaner and smoother – this is because the plant also removes impurities from the skin and dead layers, allowing a reconstruction of the dermis.
How to find?
Acacia can be found in bark, tincture and also in powder form. To buy it, look in markets, natural stores and compounding pharmacies. Ask for the plant to come ready for use.
The tea causes hallucinations and nausea, and is indicated for immediate improvement. It should be consumed in small quantities, with a maximum of one cup a day. The mixture is also abortifacient and should be avoided by women who are pregnant or who want to become pregnant. Its consumption is not recommended for children under 12 and the elderly. Before starting treatment, a doctor should be consulted.
How to make acacia compresses?
In a 500 ml glass of water, place 20 ml of skin tincture. Press the cloth and apply to the desired location.
How to make acacia tea?
In a teapot with water already boiling, place 1 teaspoon of acacia husks and leave for another 5 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey or sugar.