Capitaneja - Crownbeard
Árnica capitaneja, capitaneja anaranjada, palo espino. Guerrero: cachanquillo. Morelos: chimalacatl. Yucatán: ki'che,taamkas che'.
What is Capitaneja?
Capitaneja is a a bush that is native to Mexico, and grows to be between 1-4m. Its leaves are lance-shaped and its flowers grow in spherical shapes, both red and orange. Native to Mexico, these trees can be found in a range of different forest-types, from semi-tropical to Pine.
Benefits of Capitaneja:
This bush is most commonly used to treat reproductive issues in women such as retained placenta postpartum wherein the ground root is prepared as tea in order to release the lodged placenta from the birth canal. Another homeopathic remedy Capitaneja is used for is to help fight against digestive disorders such as diarrhea, typhoid and dysentery; for this, the branches are prepared along with lemon buds and guava, sautéed together, and then crushed leaves of the same plants are added, plus a tablespoon of red wine. Capitaneja is also used against skin problems such as rashes and mouth ulcers (canker sores, etc). Other medicinal uses for capitaneja are: to mitigate burnings of cancer, it is used as a disinfectant in minor injuries against intestinal fevers, and it is used to take baths to soothe irritated skin.
How to consume Capitaneja:
Please see above in the “Benefits” section.