Espinheira Santa - Maytenus Ilicifolia
Espinheira Santa - Maytenus Ilicifolia

Espinheira Santa - Maytenus Ilicifolia

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Espinheira Santa great Heartburn Remedy and other health benefits uses

Espinheira Santa - Maytenus ilicifolia

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Leaf


Widely used in popular medicine, the plant, which was already used by Indians for a long time, has this name because of its leaves, which have tips, remembering thorns and for being considered a "holy remedy"! The spine-santa (Maytenus ilicifolia Mart. Ex Reissek, Celastraceae) is also called by other names: cancorosa, cancerosa, cancorosa-de-seven-espinhos, coromilho-do-campo, herb-cancerosa, cangorça, espinho-de-Deus, lemongrass, espinheira-divina, marteno, pau-josé, maiteno, lifeguards and shade-of-bull.

It is a small tree, reaches five meters in height, branched and produces small red fruits. It has easy adaptation to moist soils, can develop among other trees, such as the interior of forests not very dense or in full sun. It is a great choice for conservation and sustainable use actions.

Health benefits:

Espinheira-santa is widely used in cases of gastritis, stomach pains, gastric ulcer and heartburn, since the components present in this plant have a strong antioxidant and cellular protective action and, in addition, reduce the gastric acidity, thus protecting the mucosa of the stomach. It also combats H. pylori and gastric reflux.

In addition, Espinheira-santa also has diuretic, laxative, blood purifying, anti-microbial properties, and can be used in cases of acne, eczema and scarring. This plant is also used as a home remedy in cancer cases because of its analgesic and antitumor properties.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Fighting stomach ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Treats tumors
  • Contraceptive
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Diuretic (ends with fluid retention, which helps you to lose weight)
  • Antiasthmatic
  • Antitumor
  • Laxative
  • Helps to combat alcohol addiction
  • Liver diseases
  • Treats hydrops by alcohol abuse
  • Abortive


  1. Add two tablespoons of herb to one liter of water
  2. Turn off when the water reaches boil
  3. Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes
  4. Strain and drink

How to Drink:

Take 2 to 3 cups a day.


Espinheira-santa should not be used in people with a history of allergy to this plant. It should also not be used during pregnancy due to its abortifacient effect, and women who are breastfeeding, because it can reduce the amount of breast milk. It is also contraindicated in children under 12 years of age.