Acacia It is a term that comes from Latin acacia, although its etymological root is in the Greek language. It's about a tree or bush that belongs to group family of legumes and to the subfamily of mimosaceous .
Acacias, which are characterized by hardness from his wood , produce clusters of aromatic flowers and sometimes they present thorns . Its fruit, on the other hand, is a legume . It must be taken into account, however, that there are more than two thousand species of acacias: their characteristics, therefore, vary.
It is possible to find acacias in almost all subtropical and tropical areas of the planet. Australia and the African continent it's two o'clock regions that exhibit more diversity of these shrubs or trees, which in ancient times were considered magical thanks to their usefulness for healing purposes.
The acacia mimosa (Acacia dealbata) is one of the most popular species. He usually lives about thirty years and has a height Average of about twelve meters. For its flowers and for its ability to set the ground, the acacia mimosa is usually planted in gardens, parks and various public spaces.
The Acacia farnesiana, known colloquially as white shin , is another popular species. As the name implies, it has thorns. This shrub can be used to make perfumes, adhesives, pesticides and others products .
It is important to mention that many species of acacias are obtained gum arabic , a polysaccharide that is present in your resin and that allows the tree to heal wounds. Gum arabic is used to produce sweets, tinctures and medications, for example.
Only the leaves and the acacia flower are destined for a large number of medicinal uses, thanks to their properties, some of which are listed below:
* they serve to relieve spasms, that is, the contractions of muscles that occur involuntarily, in general as a reflex mechanism;
* emptying the bile becomes more conducive;
* Its emollient action is used to soften the mucous membranes and skin. For example, it is possible to obtain asparagus from acacia flowers to use for this purpose;
* act favorably in the regulation of the level of acid in the mucous membranes of the esophagus and stomach;
* They are used to treat some gallbladder problems and certain heavy digestion conditions;
* they have a highly recommended action for cases of throat irritation, which is treated with gargles;
* Acacia is also a laxative natural.
As you can see, the hundreds of species of acacia that exist give us diverse Benefits . One of the most common ways to take advantage of them is preparing an infusion, which is very suitable for treating heartburn and gastric reflux.
For cases of inflamed liver, cirrhosis, hepatitis, or biliary infections , it is recommended to prepare a infusion of acacia and add the juice of a lemon, then drink it on an empty stomach. The results of this treatment are truly remarkable, as it also collaborates with the drainage and purification of the liver to promote its proper functioning.
He treatment dry skin can be done by spreading acacia infusion with a piece of cotton in the affected area; The same is ideal for removing face makeup.
In addition to infusions, it is possible to prepare tonics, syrups and even acacia wines, and it is also used to perfume other products, such as oils and ointments. With regard to the bark of this tree, it is usually used in the manufacture of ropes and fabrics. It's important pointing that Both the bark and the seeds have a degree of toxicity that makes them dangerous for our body , so they should not be ingested or applied to the skin.