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Tea from the mulatto plant

by Dianna Leon

The mulatta catinga (Tanacetum vulgare) is also known as St. Mark’s herb, tanaceto, ragweed and athanasia. It is a medicinal herb easily found in South America, Europe and North America, characterized by a small shrub with yellow flowers (bordering on golden), which usually bloom in summer, forming a dense layer of flowers; its leaves are dark green in color, with a strong aroma and toothed follicles. Its stalk is robust and is about 60 to 90 cm high. One of its most common uses is for Candomblé, which uses the herb to prepare lotions and scented waters that protect against bad fluids. Apparently, it is a normal herb, however, the mulatto catinga produces a tea very powerful, which is often used by alternative medicine due to its benefits.

Properties and benefits of mulata catinga

  • It is mainly used as a vermicide. Because the mulatto catinga is extremely toxic to intestinal worms.
  • Helps women to regularize uncomfortable menstruation.
  • Fights “common” problems such as tachycardia and epilepsy.
  • Helps in the treatment of asthma, gout, hysterism, rheumatism, aerophagia, bronchitis and dysmenorrhea.
  • Alleviates muscle, joint and rheumatic pain.
  • Decreases flatulence .
  • Treats menstrual and kidney problems.

These benefits are for those who drink the mulatto catinga tea, but the herb can also be used for external problems and has great results. Some of these external problems are sores, boils, psoriasis and the dreaded head lice. It is only necessary to apply the oil from this plant on the injured area.

How to make mulatto catinga tea

The tea is easy to prepare: put a liter of water in the oven, when it boils, turn off the heat and add two tablespoons of the herb catinga de mulata. Cover the mixture container and leave it muffled for about 10 minutes. Then strain and wait to cool. Only sweeten if you prefer and if you are not on a diet. The correct dosage is two to three cups of tea during the day.


As for contraindications, tea should not be taken by pregnant women, as it is a little toxic and can lead to an unwanted miscarriage – and in breastfeeding women it is also not recommended. In addition, the use of high doses can cause several problems, ranging from vomiting to seizures.

The ideal is to consult a doctor before any treatment, even natural ones.

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