Paracress, also known as watercress from Pará, is a very common plant in northern Brazil and is widely used in cooking in salads, sauces and to make tacacá, for example, which is a typical dish in Pará.
This plant, in addition to being widely used in gastronomy, can also be used on a daily basis, because it has analgesic effect, and can be used to help treat toothache, throat and herpes.
The scientific name of the paracress is Spilanthes oleracea and can be found in markets, fairs, health food stores or online stores in the form of a plant or essential oil.
Properties of paracress
Paracress has antifungal, diuretic, antiviral, antiseptic, antioxidant and anesthetic properties, mainly, which is due to a substance that is released when chewing the inflorescence of paracress, the spilantol. Thus, due to its properties, jambu can have several medicinal applications, and can be used for:
- Helping to fight infection by viruses and fungi
- Fight free radicals, preventing premature aging
- Help to relieve toothache and sore throat
- Assist in the treatment of cough and herpes
- Increase testosterone levels in men, therefore having an aphrodisiac effect
- Help strengthen the immune system, as it is rich in vitamin C.
It is important that the consumption and use of paracress for medicinal purposes is recommended by the doctor or herbalist, and that it does not replace the treatment previously indicated by the doctor.
How to use Paracress
Paracress is widely used in gastronomy to prepare salads and sauces, and its leaves can be used to make tacacá or paracress pizza, for example. In addition, the leaves, flowers and roots can be used in the preparation of teas, it is recommended to put 10 g of jambu leaves in 500 ml of boiling water, let it stand for 10 minutes, strain and drink up to 3 times a dayP
paracress can also be used in the form of essential oil, and its use should be recommended by the doctor or herbalist.
paracress can promote uterine contractions and, therefore, its consumption in the form of tea, oil or in recipes is not recommended for pregnant women.
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