Sappanwood (Tea)

Sappanwood (Caesalpinia sappan), is used to make a medicinal tea with a mild taste and a beautiful pink-colored hue.

  • Sappanwood is used to cleanse the blood
  • It is excellent for the skin and removes fine wrinkles
  • It contains brazilin, a phytochemical which protects the skin against UV rays and skin photo aging
  • Sappanwwood can greatly prevent tooth decay. It has very powerful antimicrobial properties and is effective against cariogenic bacteria, especially Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria which causes most of tooth decay
  • Sappanwood has a protective effect on the brain. It contains Protosappanin A, which greatly inhibits oxidative stress
  • It is excellent for treating wounds and reduces the pain when used as a wound wash
  • It quenches thirst more than other teas, and purifies water
  • Because of its blood and skin-purifying effects, it also cures acne
  • Sappanwood is traditionally boiled mixed with Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander seeds and Cardamom, to make a drink called pathimukham in Sanskrit. You can also squeeze a bit of lime into it
  • It is an astringent, and therefore used for dysentery, diarrhea and skin diseases
  • The red pigment (brazilin) obtained from the wood is also used as a natural food color.
  • However, the brazilin in Sappanwood is toxic to pregnant and breastfeeding women

References: National Library of Medicine

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