Flor de Manita, Hand Flower Tree, Mexican Hand Plant, Devil’s Hand Tree, Monkey Hand Tree
What is Flor De Manita?
The Chiranthodendron is actually a native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala and the name itself has been derived from Greek. The name of this plant is rather unusual and has been used for centuries because of the unusual manner in which the 5 stamens of the flowers curve upwards giving an onlooker the impression of a human hand. Botanically speaking, the term ‘pentadactylon’ was added as a reference to the 5 fingers. This tree is known to flower in the winter months and was revered by the Aztecs as well because of its high medicinal value. The flowers of this tree was often used as a cure for stomach pain and also to combat various heart problems. Treatments for epilepsy and for minor eye problems involved using the dried flowers from the tree. Even the bark and leaves of the tree had medicinal benefits and were often used for calming down any skin inflammation and genital pain due to its inherent anti- inflammatory properties. It’s not surprising then that the Aztecs felt that the Devil’s Hand Tree was actually a gift from the Gods because in addition to the its many benefits, there was also only one such flowering tree to be found in the entire Toluca Valley. However, it is also possible that the flowers were either cultivated separately in gardens or given as presents to important people. When the Spanish conquered Mexico, they studied the plant closely and recorded their learnings in a manuscript which was published in the year 1615. Today, we know that the tree itself can reach a height of 40 feet and can also be spotted growing amongst oak and pine trees in forests.
Benefits of Flor De Manita
Many studies have been conducted on this tree and it has been found that it is very effective in fighting against harmful bacteria and even amoeba that cause serious ailments like dysentery. In fact, a powdered form of the flowers may just be one of the best fighters we have discovered against ailments and illnesses caused by different strains of amoeba. The leaves of the Flor de Manita can be lightly cooked along with the bark and flowers as well. This water can then be used in a regular bath to treat conditions like hemorrhoids and even chronic painful ulcers. If you find that you just can’t sleep at night and get some rest, then a cup of freshly brewed Flor de Manita is all that you really need. It has almost the same properties as lavender with regard to calming the mind and boosting the nervous system. If you are looking for some quick relief from a nagging toothache, then some of the powdered tree bark is all you need to get rid of the pain. Drinking herbal Devil’s Hand Tree tea will help as well.
How to consume Flor De Manita
The flowers of this tree are extremely rare and that is why they are often used in combination with other flowers which have calming properties and sold as ready to use teabags.