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Andiroba tea – Benefits and properties

by Dianna Leon
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ANDIROBA

Andiroba is a medicinal plant native to the Amazon. It is also known as aruba, sanuba or canapé, its scientific name is Carapa guianensis Aubl. It is named andiroba due to its seeds, which are bitter. The Northern region is known for using this plant a lot, but it is already known throughout the country.

The properties of andiroba

In addition to its medicinal properties, andiroba also has cosmetic properties. It can be used to fight respiratory infections, dermatitis and ulcers. It also works as a healing and antipyretic.

Andiroba husk and seed work in various ways in our body, they have meliacins, which are very bitter compounds that have functions in our body, such as: fighting arthritis and uterine cancer; it also has anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic action; finally it also acts as an insecticide, working as an insect repellent.

Recently, a study confirmed the positive result in the use of andiroba in the treatment of cellulite, studies show that the lipids present in andiroba are capable of inhibiting enzymes that are responsible for the accumulation of fat and the conversion of our cells into adipocytes.

How to use andiroba

Andiroba is well known for the use of its oil that is extracted from the plant. This oil is used to massage the place where there were bruises from rheumatism, swelling and even to heal wounds. This oil is also used as a repellent, where it must be applied directly to the body, or burning its pomace to ward off insects. In addition to these uses, the oil also serves as a dewormer and combats inflammation and superficial pain.

Andiroba tea

The oil is present in soaps, shampoos and creams. Andiroba seed oil eliminates inflammation and superficial pain. In addition to oil, andiroba can be used as tea, which is made from its leaves. To prepare the tea is easy, just put a spoon of andiroba leaves in a cup and cover with boiling water, letting it cool for 15 minutes, the tea should be consumed twice a day.

Recognition and contraindications

All andiroba benefits are officially recognized by the Ministry of Health of Brazil. The Ministry defined the plant as having herbal property. Andiroba is so beneficial to our health that it has no contraindications and no side effects.

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