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Flavor Profile - Has a sweet, warm taste. Blends well with ginger, licorice, sarsaparilla, vanilla and cardamom.
Culinary Usages - Use to prepare tea, alone or in combination with other botanicals. Another convenient form is a capsule.
Cosmetic Usages - Decoct the bark for use as a face or body wash or to add to soaps and lotions. A strong infusion may also be added directly to the bath.
Muira Puama is a small, tropical tree that grows under the canopy of the Brazilian rainforest, where the indigenous people refer to the plant as "potency wood."
For centuries, South Americans have wild-harvested the fibrous root and thin bark of this shrub for use in various traditional beverages. Although Muira Puama can be used to prepare simple teas and infusions, it is most commonly tinctured.
The native peoples of the Amazon who use muira puama combine it with catuaba, allowing the mixture to stand in warm water overnight to make an amber infusion.
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Precautions - Avoid during pregnancy and while nursing. Due to presence of coumarin compounds, this herb may increase the effects of anticoagulants, anti-platelet drugs and other medicines.