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The benefits and properties of mulungu tea

by Dianna Leon
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MULUNGU TEA

Mulungu ( Erythrina mulungu ) is a plant also known as penknife, parrot, and cork. It is common in central Brazil, grows spontaneously, and has coral-orange flowers. Its bark has several properties, is widely used in the preparation of teas and in various treatments.

Mulungu can be purchased at health food stores as a plant or tincture.

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Mulungu Tea Properties

The plant’s properties include soothing, analgesic, diuretic, hypotensive, tranquilizing, antidepressant, antibacterial, antispasmodic, tonic, and anti-inflammatory. It is very effective in treating stress-related psychological problems and is known to stabilize the central nervous system.

Indications

Mulungu tea is widely used to treat coughs, asthma, and whooping cough, in addition to cases of rheumatic pain and chronic neuralgia. It helps treat emotional states such as hysteria, insomnia, neurosis, anxiety, agitation, panic attack, depression, compulsion, sleep disorder, and diseases like sclerosis, high blood pressure, epilepsy, asthmatic bronchitis, hepatitis, and urinary insufficiency.

The plant has antioxidant power that balances, tones, and strengthens the liver, efficiently treating liver diseases. In heart problems, mulungu can help with treatment by regulating the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.

In addition to the mulungu bark benefits are already mentioned, studies show that the mulungu bark has large amounts of flavonoids, alkaloids, and triterpenes. Erisodine, one of the alkaloids present in the plant’s bark, blocks nicotine receptors, and consequently, the plant’s tea has come to be used as a natural remedy in the fight against smoking.

Preparation of mulungu tea

To prepare mulungu tea, add 4g of the plant bark to a cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes and drink the tea still warm, preferably three times a day. Avoid taking it for more than three days in a row.

It is recommended to pay attention to the amount of tea intake, as it causes drowsiness. The care extends to pregnant women and people who already have low blood pressure or use medicines for hypertension, as tea lowers pressure.

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