Jalapa Root - Convolvulus Operculata
Jalapa Root - Convolvulus Operculata

Jalapa Root - Convolvulus Operculata

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Jalapa Tea Laxative that promote Weight Loss

Jalapa Root - Convolvulus Operculata

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Root


The jalapa is a climbing plant that can be easily found in the Brazilian Northeast. In preference to the warm and humid climate, the plant, also known as purgative potato, American bryony and purga of yellow milk, belongs to the Convolvulaceae family.

The plant, native to Mexico, has a climbing stem and alternate leaves measuring 9 cm in length by 5 cm in width that are cordiform and smooth, with a dark green color on the upper part and whitish shades on the lower part. Its leaves, of yellow color and fused petals, are solitary, and its fruit is an ovoid capsule and owns 4 seeds.

With tuberous roots, the plant is widely used in folk medicine for the treatment of various diseases. For these purposes, one should use the already dried tubercle for decoction. In addition, the plant, being very beautiful, is used as an ornamental plant, mainly in China.

Health benefits:

There are several benefits of consuming jalapa tea, and most of them reach the digestive system. The laxative action that the jalapa possesses helps in the cases of constipation, chronic constipation and worms, these being its main indications. Many ailments that reach the skin are also avoided and improved with the frequent consumption of tea, which even helps in the treatment of leucorrhoea.

Among the medicinal properties contained in tea we can highlight the anti-inflammatory, febrifuge and depurative power. In the relief of pain, the tea is effective because it has analgesic substances. By acting as a diuretic, tea assists in the elimination of toxins from the body and may even help in the loss of a few pounds.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Congestion
  • Cerebral and pulmonary hemorrhages
  • Hydrops
  • Constipation
  • Edema
  • Headaches
  • Inflammations
  • Fever
  • Weight loss


  1. Put 2 tbsp to a quart of water
  2. Let it cook for about 10 minutes from the moment it starts to boil
  3. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes
  4. Strain and is ready for use

How to drink:

Take 2 to 3 cups a day.


Pregnant women, children and infants should not consume the tea, except in cases where the doctor authorizes it. Jalapa tea can be consumed up to twice a day, preferably at bedtime and upon waking.