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Bitter Wood, also known as Quassia amara, is a medicinal plant native to tropical regions of South America. It is a small to medium-sized tree that can reach heights of up to 15 meters. The bark of the Bitter Wood tree is known for its intense bitterness, which gives the plant its name. The leaves are pinnate, with elongated leaflets. The tree produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are followed by small fruit capsules containing winged seeds.
Bitter Wood is highly regarded for its medicinal properties and has been used traditionally by indigenous cultures for various purposes. The active compounds found in the bark, particularly the quassinoids, are known for their potent bitter taste and their potential as a digestive stimulant. Bitter Wood is commonly used in herbal preparations to support healthy digestion and alleviate gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion, appetite loss, and bloating. It is also believed to have antimicrobial properties and has been used in traditional medicine to combat certain infections.
In addition to its medicinal uses, Bitter Wood has found applications in various industries. The extract from the bark is sometimes used as a natural insecticide to repel pests and protect crops. It is also employed in the manufacturing of bitter tonics, liqueurs, and bittersweet chocolates to add a distinct bitter flavor.
Part Number: 769-1kg