Wild plum, scientific name Ximenia Americana , is also popularly known as beach plum, wild lemon, bush plum, Brazilian sandalwood, wild umbu, thorn plum, among others. This last name originates from the characteristics of the plant, which is a very thorny shrub that can reach an average height of 4 meters, its leaves also have thorns, smaller, which act as auxiliaries, and the yellowish flowers exude a pleasant aroma, the which makes it useful for perfumery and cosmetics.
Fruits with a smooth and yellowish skin are edible, plums are half yellowish, and half orange and from their seeds, it is possible to extract an oil widely used in cosmetics.
Its origin comes from different parts of the world, it is not known for sure where or when this fruit began to be cultivated. It comes from coastal regions of Africa, Central America and South America from countries like: Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Colombia. The use of wild plum is applied in several areas since antiquity, its dry wood, along with the thorns, were used to make incense that had the intention of banishing away negative energies and were widely used in purification ceremonies.
Plum Tea: Benefits and Properties
The wild plums, besides being able to be consumed in natural and doing an enormous good for our health, can still be transformed into tea whose benefits range from healing to heart disease. The tea has properties:
- intestinal regulator
- kidney and heart tonic
How to make?
Making the wild plum infusion is simple, you will need 3 teaspoons of the plum bark for every liter of water. For the process there is no mystery, just mix the herb well in warm water and consume it after properly strained.
How to use:
- External use: For external use, apply wild plum tea on ulcers and wounds.
- Internal use : For internal use, the properties of the plum act as a remedy for kidney and heart problems.
For internal use, the recommended dose is 3 to 4 times a day, but without too much exaggeration so that the tea does not cause adverse effects. However, for external use, just apply it at a still warm temperature on the affected area.
The tea is contraindicated for pregnant women, lactating women, children under the age of 4 years and people who have any strange reaction or allergy to one of the substances present in this fruit.