From the altar to the medicine cabinet, what are the medicinal uses of the cempasuchila flower?

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PACHUCA.- From the altar to the medicine cabinet, did you know it is cempasuchil along with leading souls home to Day of the Dead has properties coverings? This flower from Mexico, whose yellow color and aroma exalts this season, is a link between death and life, so it has been used since pre-Hispanic times both in offerings and to alleviate certain conditions diseases.

Its name comes from Nahuatl Cempohualxochitl which means: a flower with 20 petals, and since ancient times it has been an indispensable element in the altars of St The deceased in late October and early November. The story goes that Mexica associated the yellow color of this flora with the sun, so they used it to guide theirs muertos back home.

Over time flora It has also been popularized for other purposes such as cooking and cooking drug. According to the Digital Library Drug Traditional Mexican from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), since the 16th century there are records of the medicinal use of this plant in the Florentine Codex.

in the medicine cabinet

The cempasuchil is flora seasonal which occurs mainly during October and November. Time that you can use not only for decorating altars and pantheons, but also for publish some diseases among which are:

  • fight parasites
  • children’s ventilation
  • liver problems
  • Speed ​​up
  • stomach diseases
  • Digestive disorders
  • diarrhea and vomiting
  • eye conditions
  • Tonic for the nervous system
  • Fight menstrual cramps
  • Aid for the production of breast milk
  • It is useful in the fight against skin problems
  • control epileptic seizures
  • It is used for diabetes, rheumatism and relieves cancer problems

infusion of cempasuchil

To be able to access these benefits healing it is important to treat flora slow cooking; that is, ua infusion. Applications range from oral, skin, poultice, bath and even ophthalmic.

Experts have shown that the leaves cempasuchil contain essential oil in which monoterpenes have been identified: geraniol limonene, linalool and its menthol acetate; ocimene, bephelandren, dipentene, pineo and tageton, and flavonoids: coferitrin, kaempferol and ramonozide. The flores and the petals are rich in carotenoids, which are natural antioxidants, of which lutein and xanthophyll have been identified.

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In addition, it has been found to have antibiotic activity against bacteria such as: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which causes infections both in the urinary tract and in the respiratory tract or respiratory system, nostrils, mouth, larynx, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles and lungs. It also works against Staphylococcus aureus, the cause of skin infections, cough and fever; against the bacterium Bacillus cereus, which causes diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea, and against the bacterium Escherichia coli, which causes stomach infections and diarrhea.

The cempasuchil has an antifungal effect; that is, it acts against fungi: Candida albicans, present in vaginal infections; Candida utilis, which causes respiratory and urinary problems, along with Aspergillus niger, present in lung infections. So now you know, before you get rid of yours flores you can prepare a rich infusion and enjoy its healing properties flora of 20 petals.


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