Today, herbalists and natural health practitioners in both North and South America use Brazilian peppertree mostly for colds, flu, and other upper respiratory infections; as a remedy for hypertension and for irregular heartbeat; for fungal infections and Candida; and as a female balancing herb for numerous menstrual disorders.* For more information about Brazilian peppertree (Schinus molle), please refer to the Database File for Brazilian Peppertree in the Tropical Plant Database. More information can also be found in the new Antimicrobial Guide. To see pictures of Brazilian Peppertree, click here.
Traditional Uses:* as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and antiseptic against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections; for Candida and yeast infections; to tone, balance, and strengthen heart function and as a heart regulator for arrhythmia and mild hypertension; to stop bleeding and heal wounds internally and externally; for mycoplasmal infections
Suggested Use: Brazilian peppertree is best prepared as an alcohol tincture. Combine 1 part bark powder with 4 parts 90 proof alcohol (everclear or vodka). Allow to macerate for 2 weeks while agitating solution daily. Strain into a clean bottle and seal. It is traditionally taken in dosages of 2-3 ml (60 to 90 drops) 2-3 times daily. Take 60 drops (2 ml) 2-3 times daily or as needed. Can also be used externally by applying to the skin twice daily and letting dry completely. As a gargle or mouth rinse, dilute 60 drops (2 ml) in a small amount of warm water and swish in mouth 2-3 times daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal remedies, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: This plant has been documented with uterine stimulant and uterine antispasmodic actions in animal studies and should therefore not be used in pregnancy.
Drug Interactions: None reported.
1. This plant has a traditional use in South America for heart problems (hypertension and arrhythmia). Studies with rats and dogs reported a hypotensive effect. People with low blood pressure should be monitored for this possible effect.
Brazilian Peppertree Plant Summary
Main Preparation Method: tincture
Main Actions (in order): antibacterial, anticandidal, antifungal, antihemorrhagic (reduces bleeding), cardiotonic (tones, balances, strengthens the heart)
1. as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and antiseptic against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
2. for Candida and yeast infections
3. to tone, balance, and strengthen heart function and as a heart regulator for arrhythmia and mild hypertension
4. to stop bleeding and heal wounds internally and externally
Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use: antidepressant, antihemorrhagic (reduces bleeding), antiseptic, aperient (mild laxative), astringent, cardiotonic (tones, balances, strengthens the heart), digestive stimulant, diuretic, menstrual stimulant, stimulant, tonic
Cautions: It has as a mild hypotensive effect (lowers blood pressure).
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