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Beautiful pink tree grows up to 100 ft (30m) Pointed elliptical leaves, usually 5 joined at the same place on stem. Beautiful pink trumpetshaped flowers. Fruit is capsule with several winged seeds. Bark is very tough and hard to peel. The inner bark is the part used medicinally. It’s usually dried, shredded, then boiled as a bitter tasting but well-known strong antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-cancer, disinfectant, anti-tumor, and anti-fungal agent, especially for treating candida infections. Contains 18 antiseptics and 5 anti-inflammatories. Good for mouth care, gingivitis, gums and teeth, add powder to existing toothpaste. Best taken in combination with other herbs, like chaparral.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz