The purple jatropha is a plant that belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. The species can be used in alternative treatments to solve some health problems. It is commonly found in the Northeast, Cerrado and Pantanal regions, especially in the Mato Grosso do Sul region. In addition to the tropical climate, the purple jatropha adapts very well to the sub-tropical and arid climate.

Depending on where this plant is found, other names also refer to it. Among the main ones, we highlight pinhão-de-purga, pinhão-Paraguayan, pinhão, pião, castor and purgante-de-horse.

In addition to its medicinal use, the plant also has industrial use, especially for the manufacture of oils, lubricants and paints.

The plant has its own characteristics, which helps it to be easily recognized. It is a small species that has a green and purple stalk, covered with a kind of hair. Its leaves, which are quite numerous, are purple and red flowers located at the ends of the branches. As for the fruits, they are green and have gray seeds, from which the oil is extracted.

Purple pinion properties

As previously mentioned, the purple pine nuts are a species that has some medicinal properties. However, before including its use in treatments, the doctor should be consulted. Only he has enough knowledge to allow its use, especially in order to avoid any other type of problem.

The plant has purgative properties, indicated to stimulate gastrointestinal activity. Its use is also associated with the treatment of rheumatism and gout. As if that wasn’t enough, the plant acts on blood clotting and against canker sores.

purple pinion tea

For those who have the use of purple pine released by the doctor in health treatments, the most usual way is through the preparation of tea. It is very easy to prepare, just separate 200 ml of filtered water and a tablespoon of dried plant leaves. Bring the water to a boil in a pot with a lid. As soon as it shows signs of boiling, turn off the heat and add the herb.

Let the preparation rest for about 10 minutes, remembering to leave the container capped. This will facilitate the release of the plant’s medicinal properties into the water. Then, use a sieve to separate the leaves from the liquid. The indication is that the tea is consumed up to three times a day.

Care and contraindications

It is important to highlight that the plant has some restrictions on its use, especially for patients who exaggerate their daily intake. The leaves and fruit contain a toxin called toxalbumin. When this toxin appears in excess in the body, the patient can develop nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, mucous diarrhea, cardiac arrhythmia and, in more severe cases, even cardiac arrest.

Through direct contact, the patient can develop skin wounds or contact dermatitis, especially if affected by the latex of the plant.