Luffa Sponge - Luffa Operculata C.
Luffa Sponge - Luffa Operculata C.

Luffa Sponge - Luffa Operculata C.

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Luffa aid in Skin Allergies Treatment 

Luffa – Luffa Operculata

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Fruit

*External Use*


The northern buchinha, scientific name Luffa operculata, is a medicinal plant native to Brazil, also known as zucchini, cabacinha, buchinha, purga and other names. It is an angular stems creeper, with long-petiolate leaves and its flowers are yellow, campanulate, small and axillary; Its fruits are small, ovoid and rough.

The part used of this plant are its fruits and serve to assist in the treatment of respiratory problems, such as rhinitis and sinusitis, among other health conditions. The plant can be found for sale in some markets, natural products stores and in manipulation pharmacies. The fruits of the northern buchinha should be used externally, only in inhalations.

Health benefits:

The northern buchinha has anti-herpetic, astringent, antiseptic, expectorant and vermifuge action. Indications for use of the plant include the treatment of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, stuffy nose, amenorrhea, genito-urinary and ophthalmic inflammations, wounds, ascites, headache and herpes.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Respiratory problems
  • Relief for headaches
  • Herpes
  • Wounds
  • Ascites
  • Chlorosis
  • Hydrops
  • Bruises
  • Amoeba


Add 1 fruit for 500 ml of water to boil.

External use ONLY!


When used in excess and without medical guidance, the northern buchinha can cause irritation to the mucosa and hemorrhages. The northern buchinha is contraindicated for pregnant women and for internal use. It is also important to emphasize that the fruits of the northern buchinha should be used without boiling, because they have substances that can cause nosebleeds. Remember the importance of consulting a doctor before starting any treatment!