Chá de bugre is a tree which grows to be 8-12 meters in height with a trunk 30-40 cm in diameter. It produces fruit like berries which are used traditionally to make tea and medicine. This small Brazilian tree has many names. In Brazil, it is botanically classified as Cordia salicifolia and is commonly called café do mato or coffee of the woods. The red fruit resembles a coffee bean which is roasted and then brewed into tea as a coffee substitute. It is also found in tropical forest areas of Argentina and Paraguay and is classified there as Cordia ecalyculata.
Chá de bugre is especially well known in the more remote areas in the interior of Brazil, where the local population consume the plant in abundance because of family lore regarding Chá de bugre'sbeneficial effects on diet and health.
Chá de bugre is brewed in large drums at times of festival in Brazil and the people consume it to sustain their energy thru the night. Chá de bugre is a very clean energy, the caffeine levels are surprisingly low, but the effects at a 500mg dose was the same as "2 Venti Starbucks." It is known to contain naturally occurring Caffeine, potassium, allantoin and allantoic acid. Allantoin and allantoic acid may explain the traditional use for wound healing. They are reported to help reduce body fat and preserve muscle tissue. The tea has been used traditionally to help relieve coughs, regulate renal function, reduce uric acid and externally to heal wounds.
Chá de bugre has been said to work as a great appetite suppressant making the body feel satisfied promoting much smaller meals, more frequently, which is what many practitioners believe is healthier for sustained weight loss and keeping the metabolism going throughout the day. (It provides a feeling of fullness after consuming the smallest amount of food.) It has been recommended as an excellent diuretic and weight loss aid in the words of Dr. C.L. Cruz, a leading Brazilian practitioner and herbalist. He also mentions it being useful for a general heart tonic which can help stimulate circulation.
You can find Cha de Bugre in our morning tea (Thrill of Brazil)
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