Health Benefits of Annatto
Annatto is an herb which is commonly known as Achiote and aploppas. It belongs to the botanical family Bixaceae and is of the Genus Bixa. It is a shrub or can also be told as a small tree. Bixaorellana is of the height 6 to 10 m. It has got clusters of 5 cm (2 in) bright white to pink flowers that representsingle wild roses, popping at the tips of the branches. The fruits are in clusters. The pods of the herb consists of many seeds and when it is mature, it bursts out the seeds.
Primary Use of the Herb
The main aim of cultivation of this herb is that the seeds of the herbs are used for producing red paint and lipsticks. This herb is also called ad “lipstick tree”. The seeds of the herb are used in dishes. They are mainly used a food colouring agents in the production of various edible items.
Chemical and Nutrients in BixaOrellana
- Pigments bixin
- ellagic acid
- salicylic acid
- tomentosic acid
Health Benefits of BixaOrellana
The growing demand for this herb is its capability to be a natural colouring agent without adding any substances to it in order to give colour. Bixaorellana is most needed by pharmaceutical, cosmetic, textile, and especially food industries.
Food colouring agent
It has been widely used as a natural colouring agent in the process of producing butter, margarine, cheese, mayonnaise, sauce, mustard, sausage, soups, juice, ice cream, bakery items and macaroni.
Beautifying the skin
Having the characteristic of being a natural colouring agent, many people use this herb in order to improvise their skin colour and texture.
Consuming Annatto can cure Diarrhea, Diabetes, fever, help in fluid retention, malaria, hepatitis, heal cuts and wounds if applied directly, cure vaginal infections, treatment of bronchitis, cure sore throat and eye inflammation. It can also be used as mosquito repellent.
How to Use:
- The seeds of BixaOrellana are heated in oil in order to drain the colour from the herb which can be used for adding colour and flavour to the dishes.
- The seeds are dried and powdered and are added to dishes.
Usage of Annatto can cause variation in the blood sugar levels. There may be hikes or drop downs in the level of blood sugar. Woman practicing breast feeding is required to avoid Asafetida as it may affect the infant.Pregnant women consuming the herb may cause miscarriage.