Botanical Name: Erythroxylum catuaba
- English: Catuaba
- Also, known as: Caramuru, Catuaba Casca, Chuchuhuasha, Golden Trumpet, Pau de Reposta, Piratancara, Tatuaba, Angelim-rosa, Catagua
Harvested: Wild or Cultivated
Parts Used: Bark
Catuaba is the common name given to a variety of Amazonian trees where the barks are collected and used in Brazilian herbal medicine. Erythroxylum vacciniifolium is the most common Catuaba tree. But other trees such as Trichilia catigua, the Juniperus brasiliensis, Eriotherca candolleana, and Anemopaegma mirandum are also called Catuaba.
The most common sources of more effective Catuaba barks are the Erythroxylum vacciniifolium and the Trichilia catigua trees. While Catuaba barks from Juniperus brasiliensis, Eriotherca candolleana and Anemopaegma mirandum and considered less potent.
The Erythroxylum vacciniifolium is commonly called the small Catuaba tree by Brazilian gatherers. It can only grow to about 2 to 4 meters in height and has yellow-orange flowers bearing dark yellow to orange berrylike inedible fruits.
Information source: www.raintree.com
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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