Belonging to the Fabaceae family, the sponge is a plant that stands out due to its medicinal properties. Its physical characteristics are quite striking, making it an easy species to be identified in nature. In natural medicine, the parts of the sponge used are: the flowers, seeds and the root.

Depending on where it is found, the plant may be known by other names. Among the main ones, we highlight: acacia minuta, mimosa farnesiana, acacia acicularis and densiflora.

medicinal properties

The plant has astringent, analgesic, antirheumatic, antibacterial, antidiarrheal, demulcent, digestive, emollient, stimulating, stomachic and hypertensive properties. So it can be used to treat a variety of health problems. However, before that, it is worth consulting the doctor.

Based on the type and intensity of symptoms, the professional will enable the inclusion of tea in the treatment. Among the illnesses that can be fought by the plant are: diarrhea, rheumatism, digestive problems, dyspepsia, cramps, sore throat, bruises, typhoid, hypotension and conjunctivitis. What’s more, the species can also be used to treat stomach cancer and to relieve tumors.

sponge tea

To prepare sponge tea, you will need a cup of water and 10 grams of the plant root. The first step is to bring the water to a boil. Once it reaches the boiling point, turn off the heat and add the sponge root. Leave the container capped for 10 minutes. After this time, remove the root from the liquid and the tea is ready to drink. If you like, you can use a little honey to sweeten it. The recommendation is that the sponge tea is ingested up to three times a day.


Tea should be avoided among people who have high blood pressure problems, as the plant’s properties can increase blood pressure and capillary permeability. It is best to consult your doctor before including tea in your treatment.