Catuaba tea has been known for generations of South Americans as being a potent aphrodisiac. It is also known as a stimulant and fortifier of the nervous system.
Catuaba is a small to medium-sized flowering leafy tree found in Brazil’s Amazon jungle. Catuaba is related to the coca plant but doesn’t possess the alkaloids found in cocaine. Catuaba has a thick, knotty trunk and a root system that is mostly found above-ground. The tree bears orange and yellow flowers that produce small, oval, yellowish-brown fruits that are inedible.
Catuaba contains such constituents as bitter substance, alkaloids, tannins, aromatic oils, fatty resins and phytosterols among others.
The role of catuaba in South American sexual lore is legendary. In the Brazilian state of Mina, there is even a saying that goes that a son born to a man after the age of 60 is definitely brought about by the catuaba.
To make catuaba tea, infuse about a teaspoon of the dried catuaba bark in a cup of boiling water. Take it out of the heat and let it stand for about 5 to 7 minutes.
The following are the health benefits attributed to Catuaba tea:
- May help enhance the sexual libido. It is said to herald the onset of sexual dreams and proceed to improve the person’s interest in sexual intercourse.
- May help combat prostatis and impotence in men.
- May be used to help fight HIV.
- May help calm the nervous system.
- May help in enhancing memory.
- The tea is said to promote healthy sleep.
- May help improve the mood.