Identified as a reddish brown wood tree, the red angico has many health properties. It can be commonly found in the caatinga or in sparse areas from São Paulo to Pará. Generally, the most used parts in natural medicine are the bark and the gum.Red angico is a plant of the fabaceae family, also known in Brazil by the names of angico and virgin acacia; angico bravo, with bark and fava beans; besides Arapiraca, Cambuí, Corupa and Paricá.

How to use the red angico

In addition to using the plant’s bark, to prepare tea, from the removal of the bark, a kind of gum can also be extracted, also used in the treatment of many diseases.

It is obtained by superficial incisions in the bark, where a kind of gum will flow, which must be left to dry in the sun.

health benefits

Red angico can be used to treat organic weakness, poor appetite, rickets, coughs, catarrh, bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough, pharyngitis, tuberculosis, in addition to bruises, cuts, wounds and ulcers.

Added to all these treatments, the plant can still be used to solve problems of diarrhea and dysentery, leukorrhea, scrofula, hemorrhages, metrorrhagia.

red angico tea


  • 1 liter of water;
  • 1 tablespoon of angico peel;
  • Sugar or honey to sweeten.

how to make

To prepare the tea you will need to bring the water to a boil. As soon as it reaches the boiling point you will turn off the heat and add the red angico husk.

The next step is to let the mixture rest for an average of 15 minutes. After this time, before drinking, use a sieve to remove the bark from the plant. Then just add honey or sugar to taste to sweeten it.

Daily intake should not exceed three cups daily.


The red angico husk tea should not be consumed in excess, as it can cause abrasions in the nasal septum and in the mucous membranes of the mouth. Its use is also not recommended for pregnant women and people with sensitive bowel, as in these cases it can become a little toxic.

Also be careful with the seeds and leaves of this plant. They have hallucinogenic effects. The ingestion of the leaves and fruits of this plant should also be avoided by animals such as cattle, because in their organism the red angico becomes extremely toxic.