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Quixaba tea – Benefits and properties

by Dianna Leon

The quixabeira, scientific name Sideroxylon obtusifolium, is a tree native to Brazil, specifically in the states of Piauí and Minas Gerais. Belonging to the Sapotáceas family, this tree can reach up to 15m in height and is also called quixaba, quixaba-preta, and gibbon-breaker. Quixaba is known for serving as food for cattle during the dry season. The tree has hardwood, its leathery leaves and fruits are forage, it has strong spines, aromatic flowers, and dark purple berries, edible and sweet.

According to popular sertaneja medicine, the bark extracted from the stem of the quixaba has therapeutic properties, is indicated to treat various health problems. Check out the properties, benefits, and indications for the use of quixaba below:


Properties, benefits, and indications for use

Quixaba bark has tonic, astringent, healing, and anti-diabetic properties. The tea from the bark of this tree is indicated to treat diabetes, kidney problems, and back pain.

How to prepare quixaba tea?

See below how to prepare quixaba tea, made from the decoction of its bark:


– 2 tablespoons of chopped quixaba bark;
– 1 liter of water.

Preparation mode:

In a pan (which can be made of any material, except aluminum), add the quixaba husks and the water. Put it to cook on low heat and count for about fifteen minutes after it starts to boil.

Then turn off the heat and let the mixture stand for ten minutes. After that, strain the tea, store it in a clean container and consume it throughout the day.

To take advantage of the benefits provided by quixaba, the indication for consumption is two to three cups of this tea during the day. It is important to remember that a new decoction must be prepared each day, as the drink loses its medicinal properties if stored for a long period.

Heads up

Remember that self-medication can be very dangerous, and it is necessary to consult a specialist before starting any treatment!

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