Bursera Simaruba adapts very well to different habitats, saline or calcareous soils, that’s why it is used as a street tree in coastal areas; and it is very tolerant to winds, recommended as a hurricane resistant species in South Florida. The hexane extracts of its leaves are said to have anti-inflammatory properties. Its bark is used as an antidote to Metopium toxiferum that grows in the same habitat and causes extreme irritations similar to poison ivy.
In countries like Honduras, they are used as live fences. Especially in the micro- basins of the commonwealth of municipalities of northern Choluteca. Maybe it is the almacigo one of the most popular plants in Cuba. Traditionally parts of this tree has been used as a home remedy for certain diseases and disorders of the body, mainly in rural areas of the country. The Cuban scholar Juan Tomás Roig collects it in his book Medicinal, aromatic or poisonous plants of Cuba.3 He states: “it is well known throughout the Island, as a stomach tonic, in colds and in diarrheas.” And then detail that for the first two cases the root, the husk, the leaves and the heart (which is also antispasmodic) are used. When citing other authors, the noted botanist says that the chosen parts are used to compose tisanes by means of a decoction, which is prepared with a bunch of them and half a bottle of water.
Let it boil for no less than 20 minutes, and after straining and sweetening it is administered by cups at the end of the day. A resinous substance that has the same properties as leaves leaves from the natural cracks of the seedbed.