Like a giant banana, the mulateiro tree gets completely peeled once a year. Every square inch of its valuable bark drops off the tree to the delight of herbal healers and conservationists who know that this is one member of the forest that will be spared the axe.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
The smooth, polished-looking bark of this remarkable tree is a wonder of nature, changing colors (green to brown) with the seasons before becoming “the naked tree,” which is one of its more popular names. Possessing a potent anti-fungal agent, mulateiro bark helps those who suffer from athlete’s foot and nail fungus. Neither candida nor yeast infections can withstand the assault from this green medicine. Benign to the skin, mulateiro helps prevent scars when applied topically, and it helps remove freckles. The European Union approved the usage of mulateiro in cosmetic products in February 2006. Some native healers use it to treat certain eye disorders. A natural insect repellent, mulateiro also kills a parasite that is commonly found living beneath the skin among Amazon natives.
ABOUT THE HERB
Rising 100 feet above the rainforest floor, the mulateiro tree pokes its head above the Amazon forest canopy. A strong flood survivor, mulateiro is often found near water. During June and July it flourishes with countless small white flowers that perfume the jungle air. Its wood is dense and makes the tree useful to timber interests, but its value as a medicine is wrapped up in its bark. One of few trees on Earth capable of totally regenerating its “skin,” the mulateiro regenerates its bark on a yearly basis.
Brew mulateiro bark and sip 1/2 cup two or three times daily to relieve the diabetic condition. Apply that same tea topically to rid the skin of wrinkles and age spots.