Thanks to its qualities, bungambilia is used to treat diseases or disorders of different kinds , to treat coughs, lower fever, detoxify the body and even in the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes. However, this beautiful plant is best known for its wide and striking range of colors for the benefits it can offer us.

The Bugambilia, is a plant of beautiful and vibrant colors, which is also known as trinitaria, veranera, papelillo or paper flower, and in other ways, this plant is commonly used as an ornamental plant in outdoor gardens, thanks to the fact that it is quite strong and resistant to drought and heat conditions, in addition to adapting to many types of soil.

As it is a very versatile plant, we invite you to get to know it in depth. Join us!

Benefits of Bugambilia

In addition to being a sight to behold due to its interesting flowers, this plant has very useful medicinal properties for our body.

ungambilia for cough:

This property is called cough suppressant, bougainvillea or trinitaria, it can help us treat cough, allowing it to be reduced almost immediately.

Its benefit is manifested by controlling this reflex of our body, which although it is very annoying is a mechanism used to expel and keep the airways unhindered, which can impede this vital process.

ungambilia for diabetes:

Bungambilia can replace insulin thanks to its pitinol compound which has hypoglycemic properties.

ungambilia to detoxify the body:

Used to eliminate toxins from the body, bougainvillea tea is effective in treating the liver, helps improve its functioning and purifies the body.

ungambilia as expectorant:

This gift of nature helps us to expectorate, reducing the amount of mucous substances that can accumulate in the bronchi, larynx and pharynx.

ungambilia to decrease fever:

This property is known as antipyretic or febrifugal, the effect of bougainvillea on this symptom is very fast acting, also being evidenced directly on the muscle aches that accompany fever.

Its action on this discomfort is constant and of course of natural origin.

Positive effect of B ungambilia  on the respiratory system:

Bougainvillea favors the functioning of the lungs and allows them to expand their capacity, which is why it benefits the oxygenation process of our body.

Effect of B ungambilia  on the digestive system:

The roots of the plant have a purifying effect as a laxative. This helps during detoxification processes. The leaves can cause constipation, which can be beneficial in treating diarrhea.

Antiseptic Effect of B ungambilia

Thanks to this effect, bougainvillea helps us to improve the appearance of the skin, since it benefits the treatment of acne, scaling and infections, with its properties it helps to control the action of the bacteria that are linked to these processes, generating deep cleansing .

It is used for the treatment of the scalp, it is good for treating cases of persistent dandruff.

ungambilia and its healing properties

It speeds up the healing process, the infusions prepared based on the flowers of the plant, can be impregnated the wounds, thus helping the healing process of the same.

Leukorrhea treatment

Bungambilia is useful in the treatment of vaginal secretions, therefore it is recommended to treat them with the use of the plant.

Biological insecticide

One of the species of bougainvillea has properties that allow controlling populations of some dipterous insects, these include flies, which in some cases can be vectors of protozoa that cause diseases such as leishmaniasis.

According to some research, this plant is capable of shortening the life span of flies.

Cancer cells

There are studies on the positive effect that some of the components of the stem of this plant have on cancer cells.

Gastronomic uses of the Bugambilia

The flowers of the plant are very delicate so they lose their color if they are used cooked, as the heat affects them. However, they serve as a beautiful decoration element in our dishes, whether they are sweets, salads, or meats.

They help to enhance flavors and provide that visual appeal that is so important in gastronomy.

Nutritional value of bougainvillea.

Certain alkaloids are present in the bracts of bougainvillea. Alkaloids are chemical compounds that can have a bitter taste and that in some cases confer toxicity, on the other hand, they can also be responsible for the medicinal properties.

Bougainvillea is a plant that has high iron content. We now show some of the substances that we can find in the leaves and flowers of bougainvillea:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Glycosides
  • Antraquinona
  • Fitoesteroles
  • Amino acids
  • Tannins (flowers)
  • Protein
  • Saponins
  • Terpenoids

Medicinal properties of B ungambilia

Because it has this amount of compounds, bougainvillea has very diverse properties, which we share below:

  • Hypoglycemic.
  • Expectorantes.
  • Antibacterial.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Antipyretic.

How do you take the Bugambilia?

To take advantage of the medicinal properties of bougainvillea, its flowers are used, with which infusions are prepared.

This preparation, can be ingested after meals, it is recommended to take every 48 hours. This will favor the digestive processes, without causing our body to get completely used to its consumption.

The infusion is made as follows:

  • Get the flowers directly from the plant, as they are used fresh. It is recommended to use 2 to 3 flowers per liter of water.
  • Wash them very well.
  • Place a saucepan with water on the fire and leave until boiling. At that time we add the flowers.
  • When the water has another tone, resembling a bit that of the flowers, we will know that it is time to finish cooking.
  • We must leave the preparation at rest for a few minutes.
  • Strain the preparation.
  • To sweeten we can add a little honey.
  • This infusion is swallowed hot.

What is the dose of B ungambilia  for consumption of the infusion?

You can take this hot infusion in three daily doses. Its intake should not exceed 7 continuous days, it is advisable to use it between 3 or 4 days. It can be taken on an empty stomach.

In some cases, bougainvillea infusion is combined with other medicinal plants, enhancing its properties.

Contraindications and side effects of B ungambilia

Despite having, as we have seen, a large number of beneficial uses for our health, bougainvillea can generate some of the side effects and contraindications that we show below:

  • It is not advisable to ingest bougainvillea infusions, in the case of pregnant women, or during the lactation period.
  • It is not recommended to be consumed by children.
  • Its leaves can negatively affect the reproductive system of men and women.
  • If its use is continuous, it can affect the liver and kidney system. Therefore, its use is not recommended in people with problems of this nature, as well as in patients with osteoporosis.
  • It can reduce white and red blood cells in the blood.

Some curious facts about bougainvillea.

The beautiful colors that we appreciate from this plant are not really found in the flowers of it, believe it or not, these colorful structures are called bracts and they are nothing more than modified leaves, their function is to protect the true flowers, which in this case are three.

These structures also attract insects, when you have the opportunity to observe it in detail, you will see that the true flower is much smaller, tubular and light in color.

Despite being known by a wide variety of names, bougainvillea has the scientific name Bougainvillea spectabilis .

The name of this plant is due to the French Louis A. de Bougainville. Although it is native to South America, specifically Brazil.

The Bugambilia in our garden

If you are one of those who enjoy a beautiful garden, bougainvillea offers you a range of options to add brightness and color to your spaces. In balconies, pergolas and flowerpots we can enjoy these showy plants. Its stem is quite strong and has thorns. They can climb and can be decorated as waterfalls with their varied tones.

The plants reach considerable heights between 8 and 12 meters. Other varieties are quite short and adapt very well to small containers.

The reproduction of this plant from cuttings is quite simple. With the use of the stakes you have to be a little more careful.

Bougainvillea care

It does not require great care, so its maintenance is quite simple, it does not require frequent watering, on the contrary some periods of drought do not hurt. Waterlogging can cause it to lose its leaves. Colds during periods of frost can compromise the health of the plant, which may even die. It can also be affected by some pests, the mealybug can affect your aphids

If we want to use its growth habit to cover some space in a particular way, we must provide it with some guide, with which it can climb and begin to give us color and shade.

Bougainvillea generates many leaves and flowers that we must remove from our floor, its abundant flowering can be observed practically all year round, for which it requires abundant sunlight.

Overdoing it with fertilizers that provide nitrogen, will make them develop many branches, but few flowers. It does not require continuous pruning. With proper care and handling, spectacular bonsai can be transformed.

As we have seen, bougainvillea has a large number of uses, common names and colors, being very easy to maintain, encourage yourself to grow it and take advantage of all its benefits.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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