Buggy tea: what is it for and contraindications

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Bugre tea is a drink made from a plant of South American origin, very common from the Northeast to the South of the country. It is widely used for medicinal purposes as an appetite suppressant, diuretic and for weight loss, being indicated as a powerful slimming agent.

This herb, also known as porangaba, bugrinho, café-do-mato and willow laurel, is not so common to be found, nor is it so common to hear about it, but its benefits are relevant to health and scientifically proven. In other words, it is worth digging for it.

A Cordia salicifolia Cham curiosity. – scientific name of the bugre – are its small red fruits that can be roasted and served as a coffee substitute. ( 1 )

In addition to slimming, bugre tea acts as a powerful healing agent, healing wounds and burns (Photo: Reproduction | Sérgio Bordignon/UFRGS)

In this text you will check information on how this plant acts in the body, how it should be used for the benefit of well-being and if there are any contraindications for its consumption.

Benefits of bugle tea

Among the main benefits of bugle tea are its diuretic, stimulant and appetite-reducing actions. In popular culture it is believed that its use prevents the accumulation of fat in the body, preventing cellulite, and controlling obesity and swelling . It is also considered to regulate cholesterol and heal.

slim down

A survey carried out in Santa Catarina pointed out the bugre tea as slimming and capable of deflating the silhouette . In this case, the reduction in body measurements is due to the reduction of fluid levels in the body through the production of urine that this plant stimulates. ( 2 )

Let’s explain!

Bugre tea is considered to be one of the most potent diuretics. It works by increasing the amount of urine produced by the body, so little water will be reabsorbed by the body, preventing fluid retention .

This process brings a great advantage for those who want to lose weight: eliminating the swelling, which is normally more frequent in the abdomen, thighs and hips, the physique is thinner and drier. Another great use is the expressive reduction of cellulite , caused by fluid retention.

It is important to emphasize that the real weight loss occurs with the loss of fluid, but, above all, with the loss of fat. Therefore, dietary re-education and physical activities are essential.

Regulates or cholesterol

The action of the plant extract was effective in decreasing both total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

This consequence is due to the plant’s inhibitory action on digestive enzymes, responsible for breaking down dietary fat into smaller molecules to be absorbed by the intestine. The bug inhibits this absorption and increases its excretion. ( 1 )


Allantoin, present in the composition of bugle tea, is recognized and accepted by medical areas for its healing effect. This substance has a softening effect when placed on the skin.

This is because this compound binds to a layer of the skin, enabling the keratin and water to unite. This action, in addition to softening, hydrates the dermis. ( 3 )

Thus, allantoin anesthetizes and stimulates improvement, being indicated to treat numerous skin conditions, such as: psoriasis, various dermatitis, seborrhea , acne, hemorrhoids , burns. And internally for ulcers in the gastrointestinal system. ( 3 )

How to make the bugger tea?

The extract for bugger tea is obtained through tincture (which is the infusion of the herb in grain alcohol) and leaf tea. ( 2 )



  • 1 tablespoon of dried bugle leaves
  • 1 cup of water.

Preparation mode

Put the herb in water and boil for 10 minutes. Strain and drink before main meals and never exceed two cups of this tea a day. For use as an external healing, make a compress with this tea in the desired region. It is also possible to use it for bathing.



  • 200 grams of dry herb
  • 1 liter of grain alcohol.

Preparation mode

Place the herb in a glass pot and add the alcohol. Cover and leave to rest for at least 8 days. Coe. The recommendation for using the tincture is to dilute 5 drops in 50ml of water. This dilution should be carried out and consumed 3 times a day for 15 to 20 days. ( 2 )

Tip: alcohol can be substituted for apple cider vinegar.


There are no reports of contraindications and side effects in the consulted literature.

Important! Every medication, whether synthetic or natural, must be guided and supervised by a doctor. Self-medication is dangerous to health.

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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