Castanha da India (Horse Chestnut) - Aesculus Hippocastanum
Castanha da India (Horse Chestnut) - Aesculus Hippocastanum

Castanha da India (Horse Chestnut) - Aesculus Hippocastanum

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Prevent varicose veins with Horse Chestnut Tea

Horse Chestnut - Aesculus Hippocastanum

Origin: Bulgaria

Used part: Seed


The Horse chestnut, also known as Indian chestnut, is a plant of the family of the Fagáceas. It is a large tree, able to reach 25 meters in height, with an erect, cylindrical and branched stem, with dense and regular copulation. Its seeds are greatly appreciated, also appearing as beneficial in natural medicine.

The chestnut from India comes from southeastern Europe and Asia. Today, the tree can be found on every continent. The bright brown seeds are poisonous, so it should be taken due care when consuming them.

Health benefits:

The chestnut from India is well known due to the effects it may have on human health. It has astringent, anti-hemorrhoidal, anti-inflammatory, stimulating, hemostatic, reductive effect of capillary permeability, vasoconstricting and vasoprotective tonic.

Therefore, it can be used to soften and prevent varicose veins; aids in the treatment of hemorrhoids; treats ecchymoses, the small infiltrations of blood that are consequences of the rupture of capillary vessels; eliminates edema, thrombophlebitis and prostatitis.

Indian chestnut is also widely used by menstruating women as it improves menstrual cramps, leg pain and also combats PMS. It also treats bumps, dermatitis, inflammation of the skin, eczema and can even help in the weight loss process, since it prevents the abnormal accumulation of fluids.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Cases of circulatory affection
  • Varicose ulcers and varicose veins
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Pain in the veins
  • Swelling caused by poor circulation
  • Dermatitis, eczemas and superficial inflammations
  • Feeling of weight and pain in the legs
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Edemas
  • Hair fragility
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Metrorrhagia
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Facilitate digestion and improve appetite


  1. Use one tablespoon (5 to 10 grams) for a quart of hot water
  2. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes
  3. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes
  4. Strain and drink

How to Drink:

Take 2 to 3 cups a day.


The side effects of Indian chestnut are: slight irritation of the digestive mucosa and contact dermatitis. Regarding the contraindications, it is recommended that it is not consumed by pregnant women, women in the nursing period, children and during anticoagulant treatment.

Overdosage of this chestnut can cause problems such as: itching, weakness, vomiting, central nervous system depression, paralysis, stupor, dilation of the pupil and decreased motor coordination.