Carqueja - Baccharis gaudichaudiana D. C.
Carqueja - Baccharis gaudichaudiana D. C.

Carqueja - Baccharis gaudichaudiana D. C.

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From Natural Detox Tea to increased libido in women enjoy all the benefits of Carqueja Tea

Carqueja Tea- Baccharis gaudichaudiana D. C.  

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Leaf and stem


The plant known as carqueja-doce is a species that has a trial stem and reaches approximately 70 centimeters in height. With an unstratified epidermis and covered with a slightly striated cuticle, the plant has anomocytic stomata and multicellular glandular trichomes. From the scientific name Baccharis articulata, the sweet carqueja is also known as carquejinha, carqueja-do-mato and many other popular names. It has several medicinal properties that make this plant of the family Asteraceae an excellent natural medicine. The plant, native to South America, is common in rocky and sandy regions in the south of countries like Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil.

Health benefits:

The presence of a substance called cinnarine causes it to work by promoting cholesterol reduction and as a hepatoprotective. It can also act as an aid in inhibiting the causative agents of schistosomiasis and Chagas' disease, in the treatment of spleen, bladder, stomach and cases of poor digestion, poor circulation and diabetes. By acting as a diuretic, it may be increasing the excretion of urea in the kidneys and liver and, according to some studies, may also be used to increase female libido. It can be used as an aid in weight loss, as it acts as a diuretic and detoxifier.

As mentioned previously, it has medicinal properties that make it useful in combating some diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Digestive problems
  • Diuretics
  • Weakness
  • Anemia
  • Ulcers
  • Gallstones and insufficiency of bile secretion
  • Jaundice
  • Biliary colic
  • Liver cirrhosis and hepatic congestion


The tea tastes very bitter and therefore it is difficult for anyone to consume it daily. The consumption is then indicated along with some mint leaves, in order to soften the flavor.

  1. Use the proportion of two tablespoons chopped sweet caramel for every 500 ml of water
  2. In a container, boil the water and turn off the heat
  3. Put the herb in a cup, and pour the water over
  4. Cover and let sit for at least five minutes, squeezing and consuming only after this time

 Ingestion should be between 2 to 3 cups of tea a day.


When used in recommended doses, the plant does not present with contraindications or side effects, but when used in excess, can cause drops in blood pressure.