Brazil Wood - Arbol de Brasil - Palo de Brasil
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Common name for several trees of the family Leguminosae (pulse family) whose wood yields a red dye.
The dye has largely been replaced by synthetic dyes for fabrics, but it is still used in high-quality red inks.
The bright red wood, which takes a high polish, is used n cabinet work and for making violin bows.
The East Indian redwood, or sapanwood
, was called “bresel wood” when it was first imported to Europe in the Middle Ages;
Portuguese explorers used this name for a similar South American tree
, from which the name Brazil for its native country purportedly derives.
Brazil woods are classified in the division Magnoliophyta,
class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
Caesalpinia echinata, the famous "Pau-brazil," is
the source of the name of the country, Brazil, and is endemic to the Atlantic coastal forest.
The large tree was once highly valued for its timber and as a source of dye and was logged almost to extinction.
Properties of Arbol de Brasil wood Favored by Aztec's
Aztec's Method of Use
Drink 1 cup 3 times a day of the infusion made with
12 to 15 grams of splintered Palo de Brasil to 1/2 liter of water.
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