Yoloxóchitl (Talauma mexicana) is also known as Flor de corazón, Magnolia mexicana, yajlachhi in Zapotec, and Mexican heart flower. It is native to Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras and in danger of extinction because of deforestation. It’s extremely fragrant white flower was highly prized by the Aztecs for both its aroma and medicinal properties. Interestingly enough, it was also used as a flavoring in chocolate beverages.
The seeds, petals, leaves, and bark are used in a variety of treatments including gout, epilepsy and fever and as a diuretic. The flowers are used in Oaxaca as a treatment for asthma. However, its main use is for heart issues. In the Zapotec tradition, a petal infusion is the treatment to strengthen the heart. A leaf infusion is used to improve circulation and tone the heart.
Studies show that Yoloxóchitl (Talauma mexicana) does indeed have both digitalis and diuretic effects. Furthermore, scientists have proven that it can be an effective treatment for asthma. Unfortunately, there has not been much research done on this beautiful flower and with its status as an endangered species, it may soon be lost altogether along with its medicinal benefits.
- Yoloxóchitl (Talauma mexicana) 5 grams of the seeds and bark
- Valeriana roja (Centranthus ruber) 1 small root
- Flor de manita (Chiranthodendron Pentadactylon) 1 dried flower
Allow to steep and drain. Drink one cup per day as needed to calm heart palpitations.
Heart Tonic Infusion
- 4 tablespoons of Yoloxóchitl (Talauma mexicana) flower cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons of Flor de azahar (Citrus aurantiifolia)
Boil in 1 liter of water for 2 or 3 minutes. Allow to steep for 30 minutes. Drink 2 or 3 cups per day.
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