What is Palo Brasil?
The name of the genus comes from the Greek referring to the blood-red colour of the heart-wood, hence one of its common names, Bloodwood. Logwood is a small tree native to tropical America though now it has been naturalized in Jamaica and England. It has heart-shaped leaves and when in bloom yields small yellow flowers. The wood of the tree is used commercially for making dyes of violet, blue, grey, and black.
Benefits of Palo Brasil
Logwood is a mild astringent utilized for issues regarding weakness of the bowels following a bout of cholera. It is administered to those suffering from chronic diarrhea, and or from hemorrages from the uterus, lungs, or bowels. Because of the blood-red color of the bark, partaking in logwood causes the urine and stool to turn bright red, just like eating beets.
How to consume Palo Brasil?
The dried bark of logwood is generally infused into a tea.