Hymenaea courbaril - L.
Common Name West Indian Locust
Hymenaea courbaril West Indian Locust
Hymenaea courbaril or commonly known as West Indian Locust, Brazilian copal, umami-gum, Brazilian Cherry, or South American Cherry is a legume in the Fabaceae family. A tea can be made from the bark. The bark is used in local folk medicine as a cure-all. The leaves, sap, and fruits have medicinal uses as well particularly against coughs, cystitis, hepatitis, prostatitis, bronchitis, anemia, wounds, mouth ulcers, diabetes, etc. The wood is used as a fuel and to make charcoal. It is also used as a material for making high class furniture, cabinet, in construction, heavy duty flooring, ship building, etc.
Hymenaea altissima Ducke Hymenaea animifera Stokes Hymenaea candolleana Kunth Hymenaea multiflora Kl
Analgesic Antidiarrhoeal Antifungal Balsamic Depurative Febrifuge Haemostatic Laxative
Mouthwash Pectoral Stomachic Tonic Urinary Vermifuge
The bark is analgesic, astringent, balsamic, depurative, febrifuge, haemostatic, pectoral, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge. It is commonly used in local folk medicine as a cure-all, being especially useful for coughs. Besides being used to give energy and stamina, a tea made from the bark has been used for centuries as a tonic for the respiratory and urinary systems by the indigenous people of the Amazon Basin. The tea is also used internally to treat stomach problems and back pains, as well as externally for athlete?s foot and foot fungus. It is known for its ability to fight fungus and yeast infections such as Candida albicans. The macerated bark is used as a treatment for diarrhoea. The bark, sap or resin, and leaves are used medicinally for cystitis, hepatitis, prostatitis and cough.
Source: Guyana (Imported Dec 2023)
Location: U.S.A. (NYC)