Lopezia racemosa is a member of the Onagraceae family that is native to Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Lopezia racemosa is actually a perennial, but is most commonly grown as an annual. Lopezia racemosa can grow in poor soil, but will suffer from stunted growth. In rich soils, Lopezia racemosa can reach heights up to one meter. Lopezia racemosa sometimes goes by the name Mosquito flower, because the pink flowers slightly resemble mosquitos flying at you. Lopezia racemosa also goes by the name Pink Brush because of the abundance of pink flowers it provides throughout summer into fall.
Lopezia racemosa has been used to treat stomach ache, diarrhea, skin rashes, and infections of the kidney and urinary tract. The herb is said to be effective against yeast infections caused by candida and kills the parasite that causes leishmaniasis or “black fever.” Research has shown that Lopezia racemosa kills pathogenic bacteria, including at least one drug-resistant strain. Lopezia racemosa has also been used for its anti-inflammatory properties. Some have said that Lopezia racemosa is almost as effective as some modern steroids.
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