Tagalog: Atsuete, Achuete
For small burns: Wash the leaves with soap and water. Boil 10 leaves in 5 glasses of water; cool. Soak the burn area for 10 minues, once a day.
- Fresh seeds when moistened produce a reddish colored juice that is applied to red rashes.
- Also used for wound healing, regulation of heavy menses, and thinning hair.
- The leaf, bruised with the head of a “walis-tingting” (broom made from frond ribs of the coconut leaves), mixed with warm coconut oil is applied on the forehead for headaches.
Culinary: Seeds when soaked provide a red-tinged colorant use for cooking meats, imparts a subtle taste.