In Brazil, the tree was introduced in 1532 by Martim Afonso de Sousa, who brought seedlings from Madeira Island and planted them in the captaincy of São Vicente, currently the state of São Paulo. It presents alternate and serrated leaves, purple flowers and pubescent drupes, with aperitif and digestive properties.
Thanks to its therapeutic properties, the leaves, seeds and flowers are used in the form of tea, with soothing and mild laxative functions.
Properties and benefits
The medicinal properties of the peach tree include its antitumor, antitussive, demulcent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, laxative and sedative action. The plant parts have distinct properties: the seed has antitumor and emmenagogue properties; the bark, leaves and seed are demulcent; the leaves and bark have a diuretic property; and the leaves, bark and seeds are also laxative and sedative.
The different parts of the plant have different uses in alternative medicine. Due to its properties, peach is indicated to treat a number of health conditions, including bronchitis, cough, traumatic damage, nausea, parasites and delayed menses.
Peach leaves can be used as a natural remedy for morning sickness; and peach seeds help lubricate the intestines.
The infusion of peach leaves and seeds is also used as a natural tranquilizer and laxative, as well as helping to treat diabetes, bleeding (uterus and bladder) and nausea.
The fruit is a source of minerals such as copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and iodine, in addition to being rich in fiber, carbohydrates and vitamins A, B and C. skin and complications of the nervous system. Fruits are consumed in their natural state or can be an ingredient in sweets, desserts, ciders and liqueurs.
Peach tea: How to prepare?
Here’s how to prepare peach tea:
– 1 liter of water;
– 20 g of peach leaves.
Boil the water, turn off the heat and add the peach leaves. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes. The recommendation for consumption of this tea is 2 cups a day.