Latin name: Eucryphia cordifolia
Medicinal use of Ulmo:Ulmo Honey (Active H2O2NEY) can kill bacteria, fungi and viruses, as well as stimulating the body's immune system topically. It can kill particularly virulent bugs, such as MRSA and E.Coli, that modern antibiotics and conventional antiseptics and pesticides are failing to have an effect on. An in-depth study by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (published in the British Medical Council Journal at September 2010) reported that the in vitro antibacterial activity of Rio San Pedro Ulmo 90 honey compared with Manuka umf 25 exhibited a stronger antimicrobial effect against 5 out of 7 and equal to the remaining 2 bacteria taken from wound and nose tissue from hospital patients. These bacteria, including the 5 MRSA strains, were all resistant to modern antibiotics!
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Cool rainforests at low altitudes in Arauco and Chiloe provinces, especially in the hills of La Costa.
Other uses of Ulmo:The bark is a source of tannin. Wood - strong, hard, very close grained. Used for furniture, flooring, oars etc. Very good quality, though it is not as good as Fitzroya spp. It makes a very good fuel and is a source of charcoal.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow February in a greenhouse. The seed should be stored cool and dry over the winter. Germination is usually good. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 6 - 8cm with a heel, June/July in individual pots in a frame. Roots in 5 - 6 weeks. A variable percentage succeed. Layering in late summer. Takes 16 months. High percentage.
Cultivation of Ulmo:Cool rainforests at low altitudes in Arauco and Chiloe provinces, especially in the hills of La Costa.
Known hazards of Eucryphia cordifolia:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.