They are known for pest control and efficiency in cleaning up water. However, the plant is also suitable for treatments related to human health.
This herbaceous plant is widely used for medicinal purposes, after all it has depurative, diuretic and anti-inflammatory effects. However, it is important to clarify that, for medicinal use, water hyacinth has to be cultivated using other techniques. This will prevent the plant from accumulating harmful bacteria.
The plant belongs to the Pontederiaceae family. Depending on the region where it is found, it may be known as a leather hat, water hyacinth, purple water hyacinth, baroness, camalote, lake lady, water hyacinth, mureê, mureru, muriru, murumuru , mururé-de-canudo, deer’s ear, water orchid, parecí, peacock, queen of the lakes.
Water hyacinth benefits
The infusion prepared using the plant – usually the leaves, stem and root – has a sedative, refreshing, feverish, diuretic and aphrodisiac effect. Its use is recommended to treat symptoms of pain in the body in general, fever, nervous excitement, hepatitis, stomach and kidney problems.
Water hyacinth can also be used to treat skin problems, these related to boils and abscesses. For these specific cases, the way the plant is prepared is not the same used in the form of tea. Its application must be external, above the place where boils and abscesses appear.
How to prepare water hyacinth tea
To prepare water hyacinth tea, you will need 20 grams of water hyacinth leaves and one liter of water. The first step is to bring the water to a boil, when it reaches the boiling point, place the water hyacinth leaves. Simmer with the leaves inside for about five minutes.
Then turn off the heat and leave the pot covered for 10 minutes. The recommended amount for consumption is three to four cups per day.