Cecropia Embauba at Janauari Ecological Park, Manaus, Brazil

Hopefully you have an experienced guide during your tour who can identify the abundance of flora and fauna in the rainforest. They all have fascinating stories. An example is the Cecropia embauba. For centuries, local Indian tribes have boiled the foot-long leaves into tea. The medicinal properties lessen respiratory problems, improve diabetes, lower blood pressure and strengthen the heart.

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