Cumaru is a plant native to the Brazilian Amazon that is very fragrant, from the seeds to its bark. Therefore, it is well known as an ingredient for tonka bean, which is a flavoring widely used some time ago in the pharmaceutical industry, but which is currently in disuse.

With the scientific name dipteryx odorata , the plant can also be known as scent cumaru, cumarueiro, champagne, muimapagé, tonca bean from the Amazon, amburana, large-leaf cumaru, yellow cumaru, cumarurana, true cumaru and Amazon cumaru, among other names , and belongs to the fabaceae family , leguminosae.

The plant is large, reaching 30 meters in height when natural, but when cultivated it is a little smaller. Its bark is smooth and yellow, its flowers are very aromatic, small in white tones with pink tips, and the drupe fruit is greenish-yellow with a bitter taste. Its seeds are wine colored but darken and turn black when ripe.

Components, properties and benefits

The vegetable contains coumarin throughout its extension, and the leaves have coumaric, gentisic, melilotic, ferulic, salicylic, hydroxybenzoic acid. It can be used to treat colic, in addition to being antispasmodic and aromatic. It is also effective for the treatment of thrush, menstrual cramps, mouth sores, cough, flu, bronchitis, among others.

How to prepare tea?

The tea should be prepared with the husk broken into small pieces in the proportion of:

– 1 cup of the broken shells

– 1 glass of water (250 ml approximately)

Put the two ingredients in a container and bring to the fire. When it starts to boil, set it for five minutes and then turn it off. Then cover and let it cool down. When the mixture is warm, strain and sweeten with honey to consume afterwards.

The recommended dose is half a cup of warm tea three times a day for as long as it takes to cure the condition.

Contraindications, side effects and warnings

No contraindications or side effects were found in the literature consulted. Do not exceed the indicated dosage.

Before consuming any medicine, even if it is natural, consult a specialist doctor to analyze your clinical condition and see if the treatment is, in fact, ideal. It is important to mention the use of any medications, in addition to all symptoms, as treating a symptom may mask the real problem, and medications may have some kind of interaction.