Cumaruzeiro, scientific name Dipteryx odorata , is a plant belonging to the family of Fabaceae, being also known by other names, such as fava-de-cumarú, fava-tanka, cumarú, umbanú and muirapaú.

It is a large Amazonian tree that can reach more than 30 meters in height. Cumaruzeiro husks and seeds are used in natural medicine to treat a variety of health conditions.

Cumaruzeiro characteristics

Cumaruzeiro is a large plant native to the forests of Brazil, Colombia, Guianas, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. In our country, it is found in greater concentration in the states of Amazonas and Pará.

This vegetable produces gray or black beans (broad beans), up to 5 cm in length and 1 cm in diameter, which have a pleasant vanilla aroma and can be used as a flavoring.

It features very resistant and durable wood, which is used in construction. For centuries, this tree has been used in the Amazon, both for its medicinal properties and for the durability and strength of its wood.

properties and benefits

Among the medicinal properties of cumaruzeiro are its anesthetic action, moderating breathing and heart movements and tonic of the scalp.

Thanks to its properties, this plant can help in the treatment of lung affections, spasms, amoeba, asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, cold, cough, otitis and stroke.

How to prepare cumaruzeiro tea?

To prepare cumaruzeiro tea, just follow this recipe:


  • 1 tablespoon (dessert) of dried plant seeds;
  • 1 cup of water.

Preparation mode

Bring the water to the fire and, when it comes to a boil, turn it off and add the seeds. Let it sit for a few minutes and take it twice a day. From the raw seeds of the cumaruzeiro it is possible to extract an oil that can help in the treatment of inflamed ears, wounds and ulcers.

Side effects and care

The use of cumaruzeiro can cause insomnia, headache, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Furthermore, the use of the plant in high doses or for a long time can lead to liver damage, testicular atrophy and growth retardation. Remember that using plants can also be very dangerous! Always consult a doctor before starting any type of treatment