Medium-sized tree, Sideroxylon obtusifolium is the scientific name of the plant best known as quixabeira. Native to Brazil, it is also known by other names, which will depend on the region where it can be found. Thus, it can be called black quixaba, carolina, sapotiaba, gibbon-breaker, among others.

It has black edible fruits, similar to those of the jabuticaba tree. It has thorns in its structure, long leaves and white flowers.

But, it is in the bark of the stem that substances beneficial to the human body can be found. These parts can be found at online or physical stores specializing in natural products. Besides being possible to buy this element in open markets.

Medicinal properties of Quixabeira

  • Astringent;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Healing;
  • Hypoglycemic;
  • Tonic.

plant benefits

Quixabeira can be used to treat wounds and burns, as it can reduce secretions that make it difficult for these rashes to heal. They also reduce inflammation caused by these wounds, helping skin regeneration. It is also indicated to eliminate back pain and several kidney problems.

In addition to all these benefits, the husks of this plant work as allies of female intimate health.

This is because, with its properties, Quixabeira can reduce inflammation that affects the uterus and reduce abnormal discharges in the body of women. It is also indicated to treat ovarian cysts, a problem that can develop negatively in the patient’s body.

Quixabeira Bark Tea Recipe


  • Two tablespoons of quixabeira bark;
  • One liter of filtered water;
  • Sugar, sweetener or honey to taste (if you prefer).

Method of preparation and use

Heat the water and plant husks. Let the mixture boil and then turn off the stove. Cover the container and let the quixabeira cook for at least 15 minutes.

If you prefer stronger tea, you can wait longer for the brew and only then strain and serve. If you prefer, you can sweeten it, but knowing that the best way to ingest it is without added sugar. This amount can be distributed throughout the day.

Essential care with consumption

Pregnant women, children under 12 and breastfeeding women should not use this tea. This is because the quixabeira bark has substances that are unsuitable for these individuals.

In addition to these, patients with diabetes who need to take insulin should also not use the drink, as it can reduce the blood glucose level, leading to hypoglycemia.