The pitanga, fruit of the pitangueira , Eugenia uniflora , is native plant of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest , sister of guava, araçá, grumixama and others of the genus Eugenia, botanic family of Myrtaceae. Let’s talk about its medicinal and aromatic use – pitanga is tasty, scented and curative. Leaves, fruits, bark, everything can be used to your benefit.
The pitanga fruit you can eat raw, or make jelly, sweet , preserve, which in any way it is delicious . This fruit you will not find in the markets – when it ripens, the pitanga has little durability and resistance – and the ideal is to harvest it in the foot and use immediately. You can beat the pitanga in juice, mixed or not with other fruits, goes of the taste. To make jelly or candy, remove the lumps before, because with the heat they give a little bitter taste. Only consume mature pitanga – depending on the variety the ripe fruit may be bright red, sun orange or grape black, bright.
And the leaves?
The leaves of the pitangueira give a great tea for when it is half altered – that is, when you are a little nervous and your blood pressure goes up, or when you are restless, anxious, even without blood pressure changes.
To make the pitanga leaf tea it is not necessary to boil the leaves, only the water . A handful of green leaves, hand full, is sufficient for a large kettle of water. From 3 to 7 leaves to a cup of boiling water will give you a tasty tea(some pitangueiras have large leaves, others, small, so it varies the number of them in the cup). In our view there is no need to sweeten this tea, which is very tasty and aromatic.
But the leaves of the pitangueira are also used to treat diarrhea , fever, rheumatism and more .
Herbal bath with pitanga leaf
Another use of the pitangueira leaves is in the herbal bath or bath of smell. This bath is good for the skin and hair by its astringent action, which balances the oiliness of the skin and the scalp , and is antibacterial. Today there are some good cosmetic products where the essential oil of pitanga has been included , for this dermatological effect that has been known for centuries by our Brazilian natives.
The leaves of the pitangueira herb, dedicated to Ogum and Yemanjá, balance the energies of fire and water , essential for emotional cleansing , especially in those more troubled days, for example during PMS. Use without fear of making mistakes. This is a herbal bath that you can use throughout the body, including the head.
What do they have in pitangueira oil?
The essential oil of pitangueira is extracted from young leaves and branches of this plant. It is a very moisturizing oil , with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and repellent action. This is an oil that does not have commercial expansion so be wary of its origin if the price is very cheap.
Some researchers study this oil, in its composition and possibility of use for the cure of diseases such as cancer.
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