Sore-Mouth Bush Psychotria poeppigianna
Sore-mouth bush is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 5 meters in height. Its leaves are simple, glossy, and have serrated edges. It prefers damp rainforests and poor, moist soils in high humidity. It is considered an unusual plant due to its growing conditions and distinctive blooms.
The flowers of sore-mouth bush, Psychotria poeppigianna, are a bright red color with a waxy texture. Many find that these flowers resemble a pair of lips, resulting in the nickname “Hot Lips.” In the center are small yellow petals that attract pollinators like hummingbirds.
Sore-mouth bush is widely native in the tropical Americas, from Chiapas, Oaxaca, Tabasco and Veracruz in Mexico to the very north of Argentina.
Research points back to many applications in folk medicine, traditionally being used in internal and external applications. Many parts of sore-mouth bush are utilized, most commonly the dried leaf and the bark. The plant is often crushed and boiled to create a decoction, or to utilize the sap.
Known health precautions:
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