Medicinal Trees: meet the Peruvian Pepper Tree (Schinus molle)
I spent about a year wondering about this tree and finally had some time and looked it up. I was quite amazed by my findings, I did not expect it to have traditional and/or scientifically documented medicinal use. One of the nearby trees was damaged by a recent thunderstorm so I gathered some bark, leaves and berries and I created an excellent anti-inflammatory salve that smells heavenly. It works very well for certain types of eczema.
Traditional Uses: as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and antiseptic against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections; for Candida and yeast infections; to tone, balance, and strengthen heart function and as a heart regulator for arrhythmia and mild hypertension; to stop bleeding and heal wounds internally and externally.
Suggested Use: Take 60 drops (2 ml) of a 1:4 tincture extract 2-3 times daily or as needed. Can also be used externally by applying to the skin twice daily and letting dry completely. As a gargle or mouth rinse, dilute 60 drops (2 ml) in a small amount of warm water and swish in mouth 2-3 times daily. To learn how to make your own extract, email me.
Traditional Preparation: The leaves are best prepared as an infusion, and the bark is best prepared as a decoction or an alcohol tincture. Generally, 1/2 cup of a bark decoction twice daily is used for colds, flu, sore throats and other upper respiratory infections; 2-3 ml of a 4:1 tincture taken two or three times daily can be substituted, if desired. This traditional remedy is also used as a heart tonic and for irregular heartbeat. A leaf decoction twice daily or as needed is generally used for menstrual disorders.
Contraindications: This plant has been documented with uterine stimulant and uterine antispasmodic actions in animal studies and should therefore not be used in pregnancy.
|WORLDWIDE ETHNO-MEDICAL USES|
|Argentina||for diarrhea, menstrual disorders, respiratory tract infections, inflammation, urinary tract infections, wounds|
|Brazil||for bronchitis, constipation, cough, cystitis, depression, diarrhea, eye diseases, fever, flu, gonorrhea, heart problems, hemorrhage, inflammation, menstrual disorders, respiratory tract infections, rheumatism, spasms, tumors, urethritis, urinary tract disorders, and as a astringent, stimulant, and tonic|
|Colombia||for diarrhea, lung diseases, rheumatism|
|Mexico||for asthma, bronchitis, cataract, colic, conjunctivitis, constipation, cough, digestive disorders, flu, foot fungus, gonorrhea, gum, mouth sores, rheumatism, sores (skin), stomachache, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, ulcers, urogenital diseases, venereal disease, warts, wounds, and as an astringent|
|Paraguay||for gonorrhea, menstrual disorders, sores, urethritis, urinary insufficiency, wounds|
|Peru||for constipation, fevers, fractures, rheumatism, toothache, tumors, urinary insufficiency, warts, wounds, and as an antiseptic|
|South Africa||for arrhythmia, colds, cough, depression, gout, hypertension, inflammation, pain, rheumatism|
|Turkey||for constipation, coughs, excessive mucous, gonorrhea, urinary insufficiency, and as a digestive stimulant, and tonic|
|Uruguay||for menstrual disorders, rheumatism, wounds, and as an antiseptic|
|Elsewhere||for bronchitis, constipation, coughs, excessive mucous, edema, eye diseases, gingivitis, gout, hypertension, menstrual disorders, rheumatism, sores, swelling, urinary insufficiency, urogenital inflammation, venereal disease, viruses, and to stimulate digestion|
Drug Interactions: None reported.
This plant has a traditional use in South America for heart problems (hypertension and arrhythmia). Studies with rats and dogs reported a hypotensive effect. People with low blood pressure should be monitored for this possible effect.
Main Actions (in order):
antibacterial, anticandidal, antifungal, antihemorrhagic (reduces bleeding), cardiotonic (tones, balances, strengthens the heart)
Caution: It has as a mild hypotensive effect (lowers blood pressure).