The Jatobá Tree – whose scientific name is Hymenaea courbaril– is originally Brazilian, and can be found in almost every state in the country, whether in Amazonas or São Paulo. The tree trunk is very strong and well-developed, and together with its branches they release a large amount of sap. Its flowers are formed in bunches, at the tips of the branches, and are delicately whitish. As said, it is a common tree throughout Brazil, so Jatobá can be called by several popular names, according to the region, including jataí, farinheira, jassaí, jupiti, jetaí, jatel, jataúba, jataici, azucar, guapinol , copal tree from Brazil, imbiúva, jatabá-trapuca, jataíba, algaborro, among others. In addition to being a beautiful tree, it is also known for having important medicinal properties for the human body.
For many decades, the Jatobá tree has been used as food through its fruits, in addition to medicinal purposes. Among its main properties are:
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Benefits and indications
The most known uses of the Jatobá tree are for the treatment of respiratory or gastrointestinal illnesses. Anyone suffering from asthma, bronchitis, rhinitis and other respiratory problems; or even ulcers, gastritis, regular heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems can greatly benefit from including Jatobá in their treatment.
As it is a diuretic, it is also strongly indicated for cystitis, urinary infections and kidney stones. The regular consumption of Jatobá stimulates the elimination of liquids, causing a kind of “cleaning” not only in the body, but mainly in the kidneys and urinary tract. Still, another great benefit of this property is that, when eliminating excess fluids, the body deflates and loses a few extra pounds.
Other indications for the consumption of the Jatobá tree are: gonorrhea, colic, pulmonary weakness, hemorrhages, mouth ulcers, dysentery, blood sputum and dyspepsia.
In pharmacies and natural food stores, you can find Jatobá husks crushed and ready for the preparation of your tea. Heat a liter of water, along with two tablespoons of the tree bark. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes, then smother the container, turn off the heat and allow it to warm. When the temperature is right for consumption, strain and drink the tea twice a day.