Mulungu Tea - Erythrina velutina
Mulungu Tea - Erythrina velutina

Mulungu Tea - Erythrina velutina

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Mulungu Tea - Erythrina velutina

Origin: Brazil

Used part: Bark


Mulungu (Erythrina velutina) is a plant also known as a pocket knife, parrot's beak and corticeira. It is common in the central region of Brazil, it grows spontaneously, and it has orange flowers of coral color and its bark has diverse properties, being very used in the preparation of teas and in diverse treatments. The mulungu can be bought in natural products stores in the form of plant or tincture.

Health benefits:

The properties of the plant include its soothing, analgesic, diuretic, hypotensive, tranquilizing, antidepressant, antibacterial, antispasmodic, tonic and anti-inflammatory action. It is very effective in treating psychological problems related to stress and is known to stabilize the central nervous system.

The plant has antioxidant power that can balance, tone and strengthen the liver, being efficient in the treatment of cases of liver diseases. In cases of heart problems, mulungu may aid in treatment by regulating the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.

In addition to the benefits already mentioned, studies show that the shell of mulungu presents large amounts of flavonoids, alkaloids and triterpenes. Erythion, one of the alkaloids in plant bark, blocks nicotine receptors, and consequently, tea from the plant has been used as a natural remedy in the fight against smoking.

Mulungu tea is widely used to treat or help in the treatment of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Hepatitis
  • Urinary insufficiency
  • Rheumatic pain and chronic neuralgia
  • Asthmatic bronchitis, coughs, asthma and whooping cough
  • Emotional states such as hysteria, insomnia, neurosis, anxiety, agitation, panic attack, depression, compulsion, sleep disorder


  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

Drink 2 to 3 cups per day. Avoid taking more than three days in a row.


The side effects of mulungu include sedation, drowsiness and muscle paralysis. In addition, mulungu is contraindicated for people using antihypertensive drugs, as it can lower blood pressure and cause hypotension.