Embaúba ( Cecropia glaziovi ) is a perennial tree that can reach 16 meters in height, with a whitish trunk and lobed leaves present only at the apex.Belonging to the Moraceae family, this plant is also known by other names, such as red embaúva, ambaí, ambati, ambaú, sloth tree and others.

Embaúba has several medicinal properties and, therefore, it is consumed in the form of tea to treat a number of health conditions.

Properties and benefits

The medicinal properties of embaúba include its diuretic, hypotensive, expectorant, decongestant, healing, antispasmodic, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-asthmatic, astringent, tonic, anti-hemorrhagic, cardiotonic and diabetes fighting action.

Thanks to its properties, embaúba is a medicinal plant indicated to treat a number of health conditions, including anuria, bronchitis, chronic sores, cough, diarrhea, liver cramps, whooping cough, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, oliguria and gangrenous ulcers.

Among the active principles of the plant are alkaloids, flavonoids, glycosides and tannins.

How to prepare embaúba tea?

Embaúba can be found in natural food stores and is used for medicinal purposes in the form of teas, juices, infusions and ointments. In the form of juice, the plant is effective in treating coughing and respiratory problems; the embaúba-based ointment is indicated to treat hemorrhoids; and tea, which is its most common use, provides all the benefits of the plant.

Check out the recipe for embaúba tea below:


  • 2 tablespoons of the herb;
  • 1 liter of water.

preparation mode

1) Add water into a container;
2) Add the herb and heat it;
3) When it comes to a boil, let it cook for another 10 minutes;
4) Remove from heat and let stand for approximately 10 minutes;
5) Strain the mixture and the tea is ready for consumption.

The indication for consumption of this tea is two to three cups a day.

Contraindications and side effects

No side effects were found in the literature consulted, however, the consumption of embaúba tea should be avoided by pregnant women and breastfeeding women.

Remember that all natural treatments should only be carried out under medical advice. Only a professional will be able to evaluate your case and indicate the best treatment to be followed.