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Purple cashew tea – Benefits and properties

by Dianna Leon
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PURPLE CASHEW TEA

A typical tree in Brazil, especially in regions like the North and Northeast, the cashew tree needs tropical climates to develop. With a very tortuous trunk, the plant can reach 20 meters in height. Its fruit, contrary to what many people think, is cashew, not cashew. Cashew is, in this case, a pseudo-fruit that varies in color, shape and size depending on the species of the plant. With a very thin rind and a kind of pulp – widely used for the preparation of juices, sweets and others, the fruit is usually connected to the chestnut which, when picked, is roasted and removed from the rind to be consumed.

The Benefits

The plant, rich in vitamin C, fiber, protein and iron, can be used as a powerful natural medicine helping to treat many diseases. The tea is made with the husks and leaves of the plant, which, like the fruit and pseudo-fruit, can also be used for consumption.

The tea made with the leaves and husks of the purple cashew tree can be used in two ways: internally, it acts as a diuretic, eliminating toxins from the body and helping to treat diabetes. In addition, it can be used to repair the immune system, helping to ward off weakness, treating hypertension, coughing up phlegm and colic. Leaf tea is also considered a powerful aphrodisiac.

When used externally, the tea can be used – in direct application to the skin – to treat skin problems such as chilblains and vaginal inflammation, or even thrush and sore throat, but for this purpose it should be used with gargles.

The plant has anti-inflammatory, laxative, anti-hemorrhagic, antiseptic, anti-diabetic, depurative, tonic, astringent, diuretic and expectorant properties.

How to prepare tea?

To prepare the tea, you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of cashew leaves and husks
  • 1 liter of water

In a container, put the water, bark and leaves and bring to fire. When the mixture comes to a boil, timer 10 minutes, during which time it should be cooking. After this period, turn off and cover the mixture for the same cooking time, straining and then consuming. The recommended dose is three to four cups a day.

Contraindications

No contraindications were found in the literature consulted.

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