Native to Peru and Mexico, the Capuchin plant that belongs to the Tropeolaceae family, was introduced to the rest of the world by Europeans who discovered these regions of its origin. As it was first found in these two countries, the plant is also named Mexican cress and turkey cress.In addition to these nomenclatures, capuchin can also be called capuchin-of-large flowers, flower-of-chagas, capuchin-large, greater-indian cress, flower-de-blood, mastruço, mastruço-do-turkey, nasturio, devil’s shoes, etc.

In addition to the various names it has, the plant also has a variety of properties that benefit the human body.

plant characteristics

Of all the parts that the Capuchin has, only three are rich in medicinal properties, they are: leaves, flowers and seeds. To plant this species, it is necessary to reserve an environment with mild temperatures, as it has no resistance to very hot climates. It must be watered every day and fertilized frequently to grow properly, reaching up to 3m in height.

Capuchin properties and benefits

  • Anti-inflammatory of the urinary tract;
  • Anti-rheumatic;
  • Anti-office;
  • Diaphoretic;
  • Diuretics;
  • Emmenagogue;
  • Laxative;
  • Pulmonary.

Given these properties, it is possible to treat various health problems such as bronchitis, coughs with the presence of catarrhal secretion and other pulmonary disorders. In addition, the plant is effective in the treatment of stomach disorders, increasing the appetite of those who have eating problems, acts as a tranquilizer and also prevents constipation.

All these benefits are related to health, however, this plant can also be used with an aesthetic slant. Thus, it combats hair loss and is also effective in improving the skin’s aspects.

ways to use

To use Capuchin and enjoy its benefits, use the following proportion of ingredients: for each liter of filtered water, four tablespoons of chopped leaves or two tablespoons of seeds.

In both situations, the treatment will have a positive return. Therefore, put the liquid on the fire and after boiling, remove from the stove and add the leaves. Cover the container and let it steep for 10 minutes. After the specified time, strain the tea and use it for the desired purpose.

If the idea is to make the drink treat internal problems, you should drink two to four cups a day. However, if the proposal is to take care of the esthetics, then this tea should be placed in the hair or skin regions. After 15 minutes on the applied area, just wash it with running water and repeat the process once a week.