Angico: find out what your shells are for

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Have you ever heard of angico? This is the popular name for some tree species native to the Brazilian cerrado and caatinga biomes.

The wood from these trees is widely used in construction because of its strength. The husks are the part that is usually used in the preparation of teas, tinctures and syrups .

The phytochemicals found in this part of the tree are effective in treating problems such as coughs and other respiratory ailments, to speed up wound healing and also to relieve diarrhea .

To better understand the use and benefits of this plant, as well as its main properties and forms of use, read on.

What are the angico peels for?

treat the cough

One of the main uses of angico, according to the herbalist Danilo Ramon, is in the treatment of lung problems, especially coughing , “ thanks to the pectoral emulsifying property”, which dissolves phlegm , facilitating the expulsion of mucus.

The tea from this plant is rich in substances that are effective in the treatment of respiratory problems that cause coughing, such as: pneumonia, bronchitis and colds .

The bark reduces inflammation, which is the body’s natural defense process.

Understand better! Upon identifying some irritating micro-organism or particle, such as dust or pollen, the body begins a process that is called inflammatory.

Then the body starts sending blood and antibodies to the site to fight and expel the invader.

For this, the airways begin to produce mucus that serves to irritate the area and make the body itself throw the attacker out through the cough. ( 1 )

The angico makes this mucus more liquid, making it necessary to exert less force to expel it, relieving coughing crises .

Detoxify the body

You know that feeling of heaviness and bloating you get from eating very fatty foods or drinking too much alcohol? This could be your body intoxicated. But the good news is that angico tea can help you with that.

According to the specialist in herbal medicine, angico stimulates the elimination of toxins through the skin and urine.

Substances that give the characteristic bitter taste of the bark of this tree act by stimulating the elimination of these toxins, which sometimes accumulate in the body, and which cause various damages to the body.

It should be noted that these toxins can often escape through the skin, so don’t be alarmed if you start to sweat after drinking the infusion!

Treating Genital Infections

The sitz bath is indicated to treat infections in the genitals and angico tea is effective for this.

According to Danilo, the bark of this tree is rich in compounds that “act against problems of sexual (genital) and uterine infections, being even used in the treatment of gonorrhea “, which is why it is widely used in this type of bath.

The bark extract is able to prevent the multiplication of various bacteria that cause infection, but also that they manage to adhere to the organism. ( 2 )

Allied to this there is the antifungal action of the tree against the Candida albicans fungus , which causes candidiasis, a genital infection that causes itching, discharge and inflammation in the affected area. ( 3 )

It even acts on inflammation and healing of uterine cells after injury. ( 4 )

Speed ​​healing

The angico tea or extract also has benefits for the healing of skin wounds .

S ccording to the expert in herbal medicine, this action takes place thanks to tannin compounds, found in greater quantities in the bark, but also the action of flavonoids, steroids and alkaloids.

All these compounds, with a somewhat complicated name, are known to stimulate the process of creating new cells, collagen and epithelial fibers , in addition to preventing inflammation and necrosis of the injured tissue.( 5 )

Their joint activity makes the herb a very effective remedy to aid in the rapid healing of wounds, and it can be used to wash the injured area with each dressing change.

control diarrhea

Angico tea or tincture can also be used to treat not only diarrhea, but other intestinal problems as well .

According to Danilo Ramon, this happens because “the angicos bark is rich in tannins, mucilages and alkaloids”, known to be anti-diarrheal. They prevent certain enzymes from irritating the intestines and leaving the stool with a soft consistency.

Thus, the infusion alleviates the problem quickly and safely, thus reducing the risk of complications caused by diarrhea, such as dehydration . ( 6 )

How to use?

“You can use the decoction, which is to boil the husk, and use the tea drinking it three times a day, or you can use the same tea and make sitz baths ”, said Danilo, indicating the most common and easiest way to prepare.

The professional also emphasizes that “angico can be used for consumption in the form of a tincture” or in the form of syrups , which are very common in the treatment of coughs and can be found in herbal and natural product stores.



  • 1 tablespoon of angico peels
  • 1 liter of filtered water
  • Honey to sweeten.

Preparation mode 

Place the husks in hot water, tamp and let it extract the medicinal properties for 10 minutes. Then just strain and sweeten with honey or molasses and drink.

If you choose the sitz bath, dilute the tea and place the drink in a basin or bathtub and sit on it for a few minutes. Discard used tea.

Plant care and contraindications

“The use of angico should be avoided indiscriminately by those who have heart and blood pressure problems, as it can further lower blood pressure,” warned the herbalist.

The tea should also not be used by pregnant women , nursing mothers or young children .

The leaves and seeds, on the other hand, contain hallucinogenic and toxic substances, as this should not be used. ( 7 )

For these reasons, the professional emphasizes that the use of the herb for medicinal purposes “must be guided and monitored by a specialist ”.

Where to find

Some of the angico species can be found in various states, as it is widely used for landscaping.

It is also easy to find the shells in open markets or natural food stores in most cities.

In addition, the peels and dye are sold in natural and herbal products stores, as well as the syrup, which can also be handled according to the instructions of the professional responsible for its treatment.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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