Bixa orellana: Lipstick tree is a female aphrodisiac
By Syed Akbar
A cheaper alternative to saffron, Bixa orellana is a natural dye that’s free of anytoxicity. It is used as a colouring agent in food preparations, like saffron. Bixaorellana is commonly known as lipstick tree or achiote. It is present in many parts ofthe globe, across the continents and used in local traditional medicines for ages. Indifferent countries it is used for different purposes. However, the most common herbal properties of lipstick tree are its ability to treat skindiseases like leprosy, reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, control blood pressure,provide relief from sinusitis and keep the blood sugar levels under check. Lipstick tree is regarded as a female aphrodisiac and in several traditional medicines itis prescribed to increase fertility levels in women. It is also known for keeping theuterus in good condition and fighting problems related to women’s reproductive system. Italso reduces inflammation or swelling in the body, control fever and dysentery and stopsvomiting and gives relief from nausea. ============= Home remedies ---------------------- Women suffering from infertility problems may try decoction of lipstick tree’s root. Takea few grams of root of lipstick tree, clean it with water. Take a glass of water and putthe roots in it. Boil the water and filter it to obtain decoction. As a femaleaphrodisiac, besides fighting infertility, it keeps in check the diseases related touterus. It is natural hair dye for those who want to give a slight pink shade to their hair. Thenatural chemical that is used as dye is called Bixin. Decoction obtained from the leaves of lipstick tree helps in controlling vomiting andnausea. It is onsidered a natural anti-emetic. The decoction also solves urinaryproblems and fights heartburn due to acidity. Decoction of seeds of lipstick tree is used in traditional medicine to keep thecholesterol levels under heck. Some believe that it maintains the blood pressure. Pulp obtained from the plant can be mixed with coconut oil to serve as a natural ointmentto prevent carring in case of wounds and burns. Root decoction is believed to posses anti-diabetic properties as it reduces the bloodsugar levels.In case of throat infection, gargle the decoction of leaves of lipstick tree. Oil obtained from the seeds of lipstick tree is believed to have properties that providerelief from leprosy.