Priprioca: The Fragrant Oil From The Amazon
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Cultivation and commercialization of Priprioca
The cultivation, commercialization, and use of priprioca by perfumery companies dates back to more than 30 years. Long ago Priprioca already existed as the main ingredient of the enchanting scent baths used by people from Pará in the festivities of São João and in the end of year celebrations. Over time, the use of this root has become an important source of income for families of rural producers and marketers in the state of Pará, such as those working in the Ver-O-Peso market in Belém.
Today, with the advancement of the food and pharmaceutical industry, Priprioca is very important for the livelihood of the caboclos of Ilha de Cotijuba, district of Belém, and of the municipalities of Santo Antônio do Tauá and AcaráAnyone who wants to enjoy the good smell of this aromatic plant without burdening their pockets, can look for the Ver-O-Peso market, a postcard from Belém, or regional product stores, where sachets - small paper envelopes that bring the priprioca tuber in powder form - are sold at prices that can vary between R $ 2 or R $ 3.
The root that is worth goldFrom the Priprioca root makes the fragrant oil from the Amazon
And it is under the ground that the most coveted part of the priprioca develops: the tubers. They have underground structures with a pleasant aroma that draws the attention not only of the population of Pará and of science but also of large cosmetics companies, such as Natura. Currently, the greed of the national fragrance industry for priprioca exists due to the essential oil of this vegetable, extracted mainly from the tuber. The oil has the excellent olfactory quality and is also used for fixing perfumes.
Origin of Priprioca
PRIPRIOCA or PIRIPIRIOCA (Cyperus articulatus) is an herb of the Ciperacea family, native to the Amazon. It is one of the traditional perfumes of the Amazon region, its essential oil has a reddish color and is highly valued in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. Related to reed and papyrus, its roots release a light, woody and spicy fragrance with floral notes.
Composition and use of Priprioca
Its fibers and rhizomes are used in crafts because, in addition to the exuberant perfume, the products are resistant to mold. This may be related to the antifungal properties of the essential oil. Among its main components, we have limonene, cineole, miternal, spatulenol and oxide-karyophylene - remembering that this oil is very complex and for this reason, no element assumes a major role compared to the others.
Evokes good energy for the feast of St. John
Evokes good energies for the entrance of the new year
Has analgesic effects
Has anti-bacterial effects
Helps in pain relief
Lower the fever
It has an antipyretic effect.
Other home uses of Priprioca
1. Aromatic vinegar:
It was sold in pharmacies or produced at home and contained, in addition to priprioca, vinegar, eucalyptus leaves, and garlic cloves. This tincture bathed compresses usually applied on the forehead against headache and on the patient's chest and back, to alleviate fever.
2. Decoration with the “straw” of the priprioca:
In handicrafts, the floral scape - which constitutes the aerial part of the species - is reused by artisan Josué Meireles in the finishing of decorative pieces such as vases, ashtrays and wooden boxes
3. The root of Priprioca in cooking:
The root of the priprioca is the part that serves for gastronomy. Alcohol or oil can be extracted from it. It combines with dairy products, meat in general, liver and salami, but it is not yet widely used in the food industry.
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