Ipê-roxo – Tabebuia impetiginosa


Ipê-roxo – Tabebuia impetiginosa

Still in the Tropics…..

Here in Brazil one comes across many exotic plants, including trees fruits and flowers, let alone all those crawly creatures – best to stay away from them.

Today I felt the urge of sharing with you something immensely beautiful.  A tree, that is indigenous to Latin America and grows in abundance in the Brazilian forest. It is so beautiful that it is also used as an ornamental tree in cities throughout Brazil.

It is not only the beauty of this tree that I want to share with you, but also its amazing medicinal properties.  I have used it very effectively for many years in my practice and still use it. But of course, one thing is to use the ready made tincture and another is to see it growing in its native habitat.

Phytotherapists in Brazil use it for very much the same conditions as we herbalist do it in the UK.

It is a number one herb to use when our immune system is compromised. I have used it effectively to treat candidiasis. It has been used for many years and still is being used both in Brazil and in the UK as an anti-cancer, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory herb. As and anti-inflammatory it can be very effective in treating arthritis and mucus membranes of the digestive system.  This is a list of the most important uses of this amazing and beautiful herb. Enjoy it!


Its use is not recommended for pregnant women and children.

Note: Please note that the above is for information only. Before using this herb consult a qualified Medical Herbalist.