|Uses of mesquite (Prosopis spp.)|
Mesquite is a leguminous plant of the Prosopis genus found in northern Mexico through the Sonoran Desert and Chihuahuan Deserts, and up into the Southwestern United States as far north as southern Kansas, west to the Colorado Desert in California, and east to the eastern fifth of Texas, where average annual rainfall is in excess of 40 inches (100 cm). Several species are found in arid to semi-arid regions of southern and western South America. Mesquite leaves were once used medicinally; water infused with the leaves can be used as eye drops. The bean pods of the mesquite can be dried and ground into flour, adding a sweet, nutty taste to breads, or used to make jelly or wine.
Prosopis spp. (including P. flexuosa, P. glandulosa, P. juliflora, P. pallida, P. pubescens, and P. velutina)
Mesquites, Quilipie mesquite, Honey mesquite and Velvet mesquite.
Uses of mesquite in natural remedies
Mesquite has surprising medicinal properties. It has an abundant soothing and healing properties.
Mesquite preparations are not widely available in stores, but anyone who lives near these small trees can prepare remedies using traditional methods.
Medicinal Parts: Mesquite leaves, flowers, pods, and bark are all used medicinally. All parts should be dried before use; the bark and branches can be powdered after drying. The pods, which will remain closed, can be dried whole and prepared as a decoction. Gum can be collected from healed scars in the mesquite tree’s trunk.
Mesquite’s antimicrobial, astringent properties provide relief from gastrointestinal disorders, including colitis, ulcers, and hemorrhoids. For an effective remedy for diarrhoea, prepare a tea from the powdered pods or leaves.
For food poisoning, herbalist Michael Moore recommends a cold infusion of the following southwestern medicinal plants: equal parts by weight of mesquite leaves or pods; desert willow, tronadora, or trumpet creeper; chaparro amargosa; echinacea; and silk tassel leaves.
To prepare a wash for a skin wound, prepare a decoction from any of the dried plant parts. Apply wash to wound as needed.
For effective relief from conjunctivitis and pinkeye, apply an eye wash prepared from mesquite pods.
Remedies prepared from mesquite mucilage provide soothing relief from sore throats and stomach ulcers.
How to Use a Mesquite Tree For Everything
Mesquites can be used for everything from food and cooking to medicinal purposes to painting.