Annatto - Achiote
(from the Nahuatl or Aztec:
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The name Achiote is by origin Aztec ( achiotl)and the
southern indigenous people named it pumacua or
A small tree with a round head, generally grown as an
ornamental because of its lovely flowers of various colors.
The seeds of the
flower have a reddish powder
which is used as a vegetable tint for soaps, rice,
margarine, cheese and many other products.
It is believed to come from Brazil
but was carried throughout Central and South America by the Indians,
the coloring as body paint, and by women, who used it as lipstick.
contains Vitamin C.
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Annatto Properties Favored by Aztec's
Pleurisy(Inflammation of the membrane that covers the
For sunstroke the Aztec Indians would make a powder of the seeds in the
The Achiote seeds are simmered for several hours and
right afterwards they are rubbed together vigorously
until they release the dye
contained in them.
then let sit in a dish until the sediment collects,
red, which must be put in the sun to dry,
the powder is formed, it is now
mixed with coconut
oil and the paste or ointment that is made is applied to
the forehead, neck and sinus areas on head.
For tonsillitis and oral excoriations:
They would take a pinch of the aforementioned powder and mix it with a teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of
rice water and with the resulting liquid gargle 3 to 4 times a day.
For burns and leprosy:
A paste is formed with the mentioned powder mixed with olive oil and is applied to the affected area.
For Pleurisy and Apnea:
A pinch of the above mentioned powder mixed in a cup of lettuce water and taken on an empty stomach.
For Rectal Discomforts
A enema is made with the boiled leaves.
For neurologically in nature headaches:
The leaves are applied on the temple area.
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