The stinking giant is a plant that belongs to the Fabaceae family. Depending on where it is found, it may be known by other names, such as mata pasto, black maria, marjoram from Pará and senna.
The plant is native to South America and can be found in the Amazon, Mato Grosso, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Goiás.
She is well known for her physical characteristics. Similar to a bush, it can reach up to 5 meters in height. Its leaves are large, reaching from 30 to 60 centimeters, arranged in pairs of oval to oblong leaflets. Its flowers are yellow and large, located at the tips of the branches.
The fruit, on the other hand, is an almost black pod, with a large crenellated wing throughout its longitudinal extension, while the seeds are brown, compressed, flattened and arranged in the septa.
Giant stinky tea for what?
The giant stink has natural properties that can be applied in the treatment of some diseases. This is only possible thanks to some substances that appear in the composition of the herb. Among them, vitamin C, tannin and chrysophanic acid.
As such, it can be used as a natural laxative and as a purgative herb. The giant stink is also considered anti-rheumatic, diuretic and febrifuge.
How to make giant stinky tea
To brew giant stink tea, you will need 200ml of filtered water and 1 piece of herb root. The first step is to bring the water to a boil. As soon as it reaches the boiling point, add the plant root. Simmer for about 5 minutes and turn off the heat.
After this time, let the tea rest for another 10 minutes, with the container covered.
The next step is to strain the drink so that all the root is removed. Put the tea in a cup and, if you prefer, use a little honey to sweeten it. The recommendation is to drink 2-3 cups of the drink a day.
It is important to be clear that the inclusion of a stink giant in the treatment of any disease must follow medical advice.
High doses of the drink can cause acute nephritis, being fatal in some cases, especially in lickers and homemade syrups made with the leaves.
In other circumstances, prolonged or high-dose use can poison the kidneys.