Also known as hand of God, yellow daisy, Amazon flower or Japanese boldo, the Mexican sunflower is a plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. Despite being a species from Central America, it can also be found in Brazil, mainly in vacant lots or on roadsides.But because it is an herb with proven medicinal properties, it has become common to plant it to sell it in health food stores online or even physical.

Plant properties and benefits

Anti-inflammatory, antimalarial and diuretic. These are the three main medicinal properties of Mexican sunflower. With them, the plant can be used in the treatment of various liver and gastric disorders. It also works to combat hepatitis, cystitis, jaundice, night sweats, etc.

Traditionally, this herb is used in China as a highly effective remedy in the treatment of skin conditions such as the condition known as athlete’s foot. Other diseases that can be treated with this plant are: fractures, sprains, bruises, bruises.

How to use Mexican sunflower?

To take advantage of all the positive effects that the Mexican sunflower has, it is necessary to prepare a tea with the leaves of this plant in a very simple and effective recipe. Just put a leaf of the herb in a cup of boiling water, cover the container and let it steep for 10 minutes. After the specified time, the tea should be ingested without adding sugar or any other type of sweetener.

In addition to drinking it after the main meals of the day, you can also use this tea externally, to carry out other possible treatments with this substance.

Contraindications and side effects

Many people believe that just because a product is natural it has no contraindications or negative effects on the body. This is a mere illusion, considering that just as the medications found in pharmacies are harmful, herbs can also interact negatively in the body if they are used inappropriately.

For this reason, it is important to follow the general guidelines for Mexican sunflowers. In this sense, the use of the plant is contraindicated for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 12 years of age.

In general, patients should consult a specialist before using this remedy in treatments. In addition, another issue that is worth noting is related to side effects, as the excess of this herb tea can cause liver and kidney problems.