More about Mulungu Tea
This shredded Mulungu (Erythrina mulungu) bark is great for using as a tea. Steep in water and drink. Natural medicine uses Mulungu as a sedative and as a natural anxiolytic. Traditional people say it helps with sleeping disorders bringing natural rest without causing dependency. It reduces the time needed to fall asleep. The bark is a natural calming agent that combats insomnia and helps improve the quality of sleep. Its active ingredients act on the central nervous system and promote muscle relaxation, helping to combat anxiety and tension, promoting greater well-being, tranquility and relaxation.
MULUNGU is a word of Tupi origin (derived from mussungu) and means “tambourine” (a type of hand frame drum popular in Brazil.) This name comes from the sound emitted by the beating on its hollow trunk. It is a medium-sized, well-branched tree that grows to 10-14 m tall. It produces a profusion of pretty, reddish flowers (pollinated by hummingbirds) at the ends of the tree’s many branches. The tree is sometimes called “coral flower” since the flowers resemble the color of orange coral. Indigenous people use the large red and black seeds to make necklaces and jewellery.
Tribes in the Amazon of Brazil and Peru have long been using Mulungu as a natural sedative. In Brazil it grows all over the country, from the Central states to the plains of the North East where it grows abundantly and they harvest most of the commercially sold bark. It is a wonderful medicinal plant from South America that is little known, yet has already been the subject of extensive research. More and more people are using it to calm an overly agitated nervous system and promote restful sleep.
Cautions: It may lower blood pressure and may cause drowsiness. Do not use when driving or operating machinery.