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Brazilian Peppertree
(Schinus molle)

Code BOS222
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120 Capsules x 500 mg.

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Summarized Description: Brazilian Peppertree, which is also known as Peruvian Pepper Tree, Peppercorn Tree, Californian Pepper Tree, among many other common names, is actually native to the Peruvian Andes. It is unrelated to true pepper (Piper nigrum). Some confusion has been created with the common names because Schinus molle is not the same as Schinus terebinthifolius which has also been called Brazilian Peppertree. For the rest of this article, we will abbreviate as "BP Tree."
All parts of this tree are used by various indigenous groups ethnobotanically. Primary uses include the treatment of colds, flu, upper respiratory infections, for fungal infections such as Candida, hypertension remedy, and as a female balancing aid for menstrual disorders, such as excessive bleeding and menstrual cramps.

Uses & Protocols
All parts of this tree are used by various indigenous groups ethnobotanically. Primary uses include the treatment of colds, flu, upper respiratory infections, for fungal infections such as Candida, hypertension remedy, and as a female balancing aid for menstrual disorders, such as excessive bleeding and menstrual cramps. Dosage: one capsules, twice daily.

Warnings & Contraindications
Do not use if pregnant or lactating. Avoid if suffering from obstructive urinary stones, nephrosis, or edema due to impaired heart.

Five years or more.

James Duke's Handbook of Medical Plants of Latin America
Medicinal Activities
Further information for practitioners: World-famous botanist Dr. James Duke attributes the following activities to this plant (p. 517-519; see hardcopy cover at right, purchasable on Amazon), drawn from the extant literature. (See his graduation for "level of efficacy" on our amazon traditionals page; followed by Duke's bibliographic abbreviations (in capital letters), which we identify on a separate page.)
Duke provides a "food farmacy potential" score for this plant of "FNFF=!."

  • Acaricide (1; X16022288)
  • Acarifuge (1; X16022288)
  • Allergenic (1; MPG)
  • Analgesic (f; EGG)
  • Anesthetic (f; GAZ)
  • Antiedemic (1; X14648390)
  • Antiinflammatory (f1; PH2; X14648390)
  • Antiviral (f; CRC)
  • Astringent (1; CRC ; PH2)
  • Bactericide (1; X8055554)
  • Bitter (1; PH2)
  • Candidicide (1; X15619579)
  • Cicatrizant (f; EGG)
  • Collyrium (f; CRC)
  • Cytotoxic (1; MPG; X14648390; X11849838)
  • Depurative (f; EGG)
  • Diuretic (f; CRC; DLZ; EFS; GAZ; PH2)
  • Emmenagogue (f1; CRC; MPG; WOI)
  • Expectorant (f; EFS; ROE)
  • Fungicide (1; PH2)
  • Hemostat (f; EGG)
  • Hypotensive (f1; EGG; MPG)
  • Orexigenic (f; GAZ)
  • Pain (f; EGG)
  • Piscicide (f; CRC)
  • Poison (1; MPG)
  • Purgative (f1; CRC; EFS; MAX; PH2)
  • Stomachic (f; CRC; EFS; PH2)
  • Tonic (f; CRC; EFS)
  • Vulnerary (f; CRC; PCS; PH2; ROE)

Further information for practitioners: Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
  • Adenopathy (f; MPB)
  • Amenorrhea (f1; CRC; MPG; WOI)
  • Anorexia (f; GAZ; PH2)
  • Anuria (f; PH2)
  • Aphtha (f; RAI)
  • Aposteme (f; CRC)
  • Arthrosis (f; PH2)
  • Bacillus (1; X8055554)
  • Bacteria (1; X8055554)
  • Bleeding (f; EGG; MPB; ROE)
  • Blennorraghia (f; CRC; MPB; PH2; ROE)
  • Bronchosis (f; CRC; GAZ; JTR; PCS)
  • Bubo (f; MPB)
  • Burns (f; ROE)
  • Cancer (f1; JLH; X11849838)
  • Cancer, foot (f; JLH)
  • Cancer, liver (f1; JLH; X11849838)
  • Candida (1; X15619579)
  • Carcinoma (1; X11849838)
  • Caries (f; ROE)
  • Cataracts (f; CRC; JTR; MAX; ROE)
  • Catarrh (f; ROE)
  • Childbirth (f; ROE)
  • Colds (f; PH2; ROE)
  • Colic (f; MPG)
  • Conjuctivosis (f; PH2; ROE)
  • Constipation (f; GAZ)
  • Cornea (f; MAX)
  • Coughs (f; DLZ; GAZ; ROE)
  • Cramps (f; MPB; ROE)
  • Cystosis (f; GAZ)
  • Dermatosis (f; PH2; ROE)
  • Diarrhea (f; CRC; ROE)
  • Dropsy (f; EGG)
  • Dysentery (f; MPB; ROE)
  • Dysmenorrhea (f; CRC; MPG)
  • Dyspepsia (f; GAZ; JTR)
  • Dysuria (f; HH2)
  • Edema (f1; MPG; X14648390)
  • Escherichia (1; X8055554)
  • Fracture (f; ROE)
  • Fungus (1; X15619579)
  • Gastrosis (f; PH2)
  • Gingivosis (f; CRC; EFS; MAX; WOI)
  • Gonorrhea (f; CRC; JTR; MAX; MPB; ROE)
  • Gout (f; CRC; WOI)
  • Headache (f; EGG)
  • Hemoptysis (f; CRC)
  • Hepatosis (f1; EGG; X11849838)
  • High Blood Pressure (f1; EGG; MPG; PH2; ROE)
  • Hoarsness (f; DLZ)
  • Infection (1; PH2; X15619579)
  • Inflammation (f1; MPG; PH2; X14648390)
  • Ischia (f; HH2)
  • Klebsiella (1; X8055554)
  • Leukorrhea (f; EGG; MPB; PH2)
  • Mucososis (1; PH2)
  • Myalgia (f; PH2)
  • Mycosis (1; MPG; X15619579)
  • Nausea (f; PH2; ROE)
  • Neuralgia (f; GAZ)
  • Odontosis (f; PH2)
  • Oliguria (f; MAX)
  • Ophthalmia (f; CRC; MPB)
  • Orchosis (f; MPB)
  • Pain (f; DLZ; PH2)
  • Parasites (1; MPG)
  • Pharyngosis (f; HH2; PH2)
  • Pneumonia (f; ROE)
  • Prolapse (f; CRC; PH2; ROE)
  • Pseudomonas (1; MPG)
  • Puerperium (f; ROE)
  • Pyorrhea (f; DLZ; MPG)
  • Respirosis (f; EGG; PH2)
  • Rheumatism (f; CRC; EGG; MPB; PH2; ROE)
  • Sciatica (f; GAZ)
  • Serratia (1; X8055554)
  • Sores (f; CRC; HH2; MPG)
  • Sore Throat (f; EGG; PH2; ROE)
  • Spasms (f; EGG)
  • Sprains (f; ROE)
  • Staphylococcus (1; MPG)
  • Stomatosis (f; MAX)
  • Swelling (f; CRC; PCS; PH2; ROE)
  • Toothache (f; DLZ; EGG)
  • Tuberculosis (f; CRC; HH2; MPG)
  • Tumors (f; JLH)
  • Ulcers (f; CRC)
  • Urethrosis (f; CRC; GAZ; HH2)
  • Urogenitosis (f; CRC; HH2; MAX)
  • Uterosis (f; CRC; PH2; ROE)
  • Vaginosis (f; GAZ)
  • VD (f; CRC; WOI)
  • Vomiting (f; PH2)
  • Warts (f; JLH)
  • Water Retention (f; HH2)
  • Worms (f; ROE)
  • Wounds (f; CRC; PH2)
  • Yeast (1; X15619579)

To U.S. Users: This product have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Recent Studies on BP Tree
Sourced from PubMed

Disclaimer: The following citations provide findings on the properties of Brazilian Peppertree and offer insights into prospective areas of future research. These findings should not be inferred to provide the basis of medicinal claims, nor should they be relied upon by the public, as such. Readers who want full access to the PubMed database are encouraged to register with NCBI.
As of Jan. 2017, there were 51 citations on PubMed for Brazilian Peppertree. Below are list a few of the more notable:

  • Chemical compositions and antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of the essential oils from Magnolia grandiflora, Chrysactinia mexicana, and Schinus molle found in northeast Mexico. (2013)
    [ABSTRACT: . . . The oils from S. molle and M. grandiflora leaves had antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes, which cause skin infections that potentially may lead to sepsis.]
  • Synergistic antibacterial activity of the essential oil of aguaribay (Schinus molle L.). (2012)
    [ABSTRACT: Schinus molle L. (aguaribay, aroeira-falsa, "molle", family Anacardiaceae), a native of South America, produces an active antibacterial essential oil extracted from the leaves and fruits. This work reports a complete study of its chemical composition and determines the antibacterial activity of Schinus molle L. essential oil and its main components. The results showed that the crude extract essential oil has a potent antibacterial effect on Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923, a strong/moderate effect on Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 and moderate/weak one on Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853.]
  • Chemical composition and anticancer and antioxidant activities of Schinus molle L. and Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi berries essential oils. (2010) [ABSTRACT: Essential oils were obtained by steam distillation from berries of Schinus molle L. and Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi originating from southern of Tunisia and analyzed by GC-FID and GC-MS. Among 57 and 62 compounds (%[mg/100 g dry matter]) identified in these oils, the main were alpha-phellandrene (46.52%[1256.15] and 34.38%[859.60]), beta-phellandrene (20.81%[561.74] and 10.61%[265.15]), alpha-terpineol (8.38%[226.26] and 5.60%[140.03]), alpha-pinene (4.34%[117.29] and 6.49%[162.25]), beta-pinene (4.96%[133.81] and 3.09%[77.30]) and p-cymene (2.49%[67.28] and 7.34%[183.40]), respectively. A marked quantity of gamma-cadinene (18.04%[451.05]) was also identified in the S. terebinthifolius essential oil whereas only traces (0.07%[1.81]) were detected in the essential oil of S. molle. The in vitro antioxidant and antiradical scavenging properties of the investigated essential oils were evaluated by using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and 2,2'-Azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) assays. Essential oil of S. terebinthifolius expressed stronger antioxidant activity in the ABTS assay, with an IC(50) of 24 +/- 0.8 mg/L, compared to S. molle (IC(50)= 257 +/- 10.3 mg/L). Essential oils were also evaluated for their anticancer activities against human breast cancer cells (MCF-7). S. terebinthifolius essential oil was more effective against tested cell lines (IC(50)= 47 +/- 9 mg/L) than that from S. molle (IC(50)= 54 +/- 10 mg/L). Suggestions on relationships between chemical composition and biological activities are outlined.]
  • Chemical composition of Schinus molle essential oil and its cytotoxic activity on tumour cell lines. (2008) [ABSTRACT: The leaf essential oil hydrodistilled from Schinus molle grown in Costa Rica was characterised in terms of its chemical composition, antioxidant activity, ability to induce cytotoxicity and the mechanism of cell death involved in the process. As a result, 42 constituents, accounting for 97.2% of the total oil, were identified. The major constituents of the oil were beta-pinene and alpha-pinene. The antioxidant activity showed an IC(50) of 36.3 microg mL(-1). The essential oil was cytotoxic in several cell lines, showing that it is more effective on breast carcinoma and leukemic cell lines. The LD(50) for cytotoxicity at 48 h in K562 corresponded to 78.7 microg mL(-1), which was very similar to the LD(50) obtained when apoptosis was measured. The essential oil did not induce significant necrosis up to 200 microg mL(-1), which together with the former results indicate that apoptosis is the main mechanism of toxicity induced by S. molle essential oil in this cell line. In conclusion, the essential oil tested was weak antioxidant and induced cytotoxicity in different cell types by a mechanism related to apoptosis. It would be interesting to elucidate the role that different components of the oil play in the effect observed here, since some of them could have potential anti-tumoural effects, either alone or in combination.]

Extensive information about Brazilian Peppertree is covered on the Raintree Forest website. Even better, you can purchase Leslie Taylor's excellent reference book, The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs: A Guide to Understanding and Using Herbal Medicinals at Amazon.
See Wikipedia article on Brazilian Peppertree.