Best known as Brazilian cherry, this herb that belongs to the Myrtaceae family, has other names, such as: pitangueira-miúda, pitanga-red, pitanga-do-mato, pitangueira etc.
Medicinal properties and beneficial effects of Brazilian cherry
The Brazilian cherry can be used for ingestion, making baths, making gargles or applying directly to certain regions of the body. For example, when consumed as a tea, the plant has the ability to treat liver disorders, menstrual cramps, diarrhea, fevers, bronchitis and hypertension. When it is used in the bath, it can clean and decongest the skin.
In addition, Brazilian cherry can eliminate throat infections when applied in the form of gargles. In the direct application of tea, it can be used to treat gout and rheumatism and prevent hair loss.
How to make tea from this plant?
First of all, it is worth mentioning that this tea can be made from both dry and fresh leaves. However, in varying amounts.
For example, if the infusion is made with dried leaves, it is only necessary to put a tablespoon of this ingredient in a cup of boiling water. If the leaf is fresh, the amount increases to two tablespoons in a cup of hot water.
After mixing the ingredients, the container needs to be capped for five minutes. Soon after the specified time, strain the substance and it can be consumed. Do not add milk, lemon, sugar, honey or sweetener. The tip is to follow a treatment of three cups a day, during the ideal time for recovery.
Essential precautions and care
No problem has yet been found regarding the use of Brazilian cherry in the form of tea. However, it is necessary to pay attention to consumption, which should be done in a moderate way. Thus, do not exceed the amount of natural product intake. In addition, the most important tip is to go to a doctor’s appointment, before self-medicating, whether with a home remedy or not.