The lapacho will it be a fruit or a flower? Neither because it is not plucked but sipped. It is a herbal tea that is very well known among those who love this kind of drink, and is esteemed above all for its antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal properties. It is not a gimmick of recent years but a "recipe" for infusions that has long been used mainly to treat skin lesions and to soothe psoriasis, to treat dermatitis but also "simple" insect bites.
We can find this herbal tea on the market also under the name of Taheebo, this does not take away any of its many beneficial virtues, on the contrary it reminds us that it is derived from bark of the Tabebuia, a variety of South American plants that the indigenous tribes already used daily knowing its antiviral and antifungal properties.
It is confirmed that the indigenous peoples of Central and South America were the first to appreciate the virtues of the extracts of this plant whose full name is Tabebuia Impetiginosa. Thousands of years ago in their parts the inner part of the bark of this miracle tree was collected, obtaining various types of treatments to cure a variety of diseases, especially of viral and bacterial origin.
Lapacho also has a Portuguese name that sounds like "pau d’arcu ", means "stick for bows" and tells us how the wood of this plant was once used for the construction of bows. We are much less interested in this aspect of the plant at the moment, and it is much more useful to know that we are dealing with a powerful natural ally for the treatment and prevention of many ailments and for the strengthening of the immune system.
To what we owe the many and precious beneficial properties of Lapacho? In the presence of a series of elements that combine to make it special. Let's see some of them. There are mineral salts, as it is particularly rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, chromium, silicon, manganese, copper, potassium and sodium. Also important is the presence of trace elements and two substances that boast a strong antibiotic and anti-inflammatory power. This is the xylodine he was born in lapacholo, both useful for fighting fungi, bacteria, for toning and purifying the body and for stimulating its natural defenses.
Before proceeding and discovering the other uses of the Lapacho, beyond the arch to be built, we summarize its main properties: anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, antifungal, purifying and toning.
Let's see some examples of situations in which sipping lapacho can be more saving than ever. Being suitable for the treatment of various infections, it is particularly recommended for example in the case of candid, cystitis and vaginal infections.
This substance obtained from the bark of a plant, more rarely, but is also interesting due to its topical use in case of skin lesions, psoriasis and insect bites. Not for this we must neglect to indicate among the situations in which the lapacho it is effective those in which it is necessary to reactivate and strengthen the immune defenses, to counteract cellular aging, to stimulate the production of red blood cells or to regulate blood sugar levels. As you may have noticed, there is a wide range of possible benefits, all linked to the same known and ancient herbal tea.
In practice, how do you take advantage of this aromatic cure-all? You sip it and you can do it on any occasion. It frequently happens to do this just before the seasonal change as it is an excellent natural remedy for strengthening the body's defenses and preventing most of the colds typical of the winter period. However, we can take out this drink at any time of the year if we need an antidote to relapsing diseases, such as candida and cystitis.
If we buy the Lapacho in the form of a cosmetic cream for face and body then we can apply it directly on injured skin or on painful areas. Even the bark itself works as a beneficial compress or can be used as a fertilizer for flowers, but it must be purchased in health food stores or specialized shops and is not as easy to find as herbal tea. It usually comes between the shelves in the form of thin strips, ready to be made into a decoction
Even if it cannot be poisonous, it is always better to follow the recommended doses by referring to the instructions on the packaging or by asking your herbalist or doctor for advice. Among the possible side effects, if you overdo it, there are gastric or intestinal disorders. Beyond the doses, in general it is not recommended to take Lapacho to pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as to all subjects undergoing therapies that require the use of anticoagulant drugs or aspirins.
We have already mentioned the plant from which the Lapacho, a name that is actually attributed to the inner part of its bark. In truth it is not a plant but a whole variety of evergreen plants of Amazonian and South American origin, called Tabebuia, characterized by large dimensions and a particularly powerful trunk.
These trees grow spontaneously in rainforests but also in areas where cooler climates and acid soils reign, we find them in the mountains of Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. In addition to the bark, they are plants that are also noted for their brightly colored blooms, both yellow and pink but also red and purple. The varieties that can be used for therapeutic purposes are scarlet lapacho and pink lapacho.
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