In addition to producing a very tasty fruit, the plant scientifically known as Mangifera indica can also be used to produce a tea with numerous benefits when used as a medicinal herb. With a large size, the plant of the anacardiaceae family has a leafy crown, and this prevents other plants from appearing and developing around it. With small flowers, the tree produces a fruit that has a succulent and smooth pulp with varieties that can be of different colors, fibrous or not.
Originally from India, the plant can have its leaves harvested at any time of the year, but the fruit must be picked ripe. The plant thrives in regions with hot, humid climates with dry periods.
Properties and benefits
The tea, in addition to bringing a smooth and refreshing flavor, has medicinal properties that provide improvements in fever, gastrointestinal diseases, stomatitis, tuberculosis, gingivitis and verminosis. Furthermore, according to research carried out with HIV-infected patients, it can be concluded that tea provides weight gain and viral content decrease during therapy.
With antioxidant action, mango tea fights premature aging and the formation of cancer cells. Its use can be done to aid in cancer treatment, being more effective in cases of breast and colon cancer. The tea can also be used to treat bronchitis, asthma, cough and lung disorders.
How to prepare tea?
Tea can be used to get the fruit’s benefits. It is useful for those who do not like the fruit or have digestive difficulties after consumption.
To prepare the tea, you will need 1 liter of water and 1 tablespoon of the dried mango leaves. In a container, put the water and bring to fire. Wait until the water reaches boiling point and then turn off the heat. Add the hose leaves to the container with water and cover, leaving it muffled for a period of approximately ten minutes. The recommended dose of tea is two to three cups a day.
How to use the leaves to prepare tea?
The leaves can be harvested at any time of the year, and should be sun-dried in a ventilated place that is free from moisture. Store in cloth or paper bags for tea preparation.
No contraindications were found in the literature consulted.