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Reunion Island herbal teas

Official recognition

Péi wellness – remedies for all

After a stunning hike in the ultimate island, it’s time to relax. Enjoy a variety of cosmetic and relaxing treatments in an exceptional setting. Other natural wellness products are also available during your stay: Reunion Island’s herbal teas.

Reunion Island forests are home to 1,708 plant species including 234 endemic and 200 medicinal plants. Amongst theme, 19 medicinal plants found on Reunion Island were registered in the French Pharmacopoeia on 1 August 2013, official recognition of traditional and heritage expertise in medicinal plants on Reunion Island.

Péi plants

These péi plants, all endemic or indigenous to Reunion Island have been chosen by the local population for their effectiveness and their use, and because they are easy to grow.
They are sold in sachets on the island, in France and throughout Europe: ayapana, ambaville, café marron, change écorce, bois d’annette, lingue café, bois maigre, bois d’olive noire, liane d’olive, faham, fleur jaune, etc.

Plants with many virtues
  • Ambaville (Hubertia ambavilla)

    The leaves are used to treat stomach ulcers and skin diseases such as eczema, acne and mycosis. Leaves are used in decoctions.

  • Bois d’osto (Antirhea borbonica)

    The leaves have healing properties. For external application on skin.

  • Bois de reinette, d’arnette (Dodonaea viscosa)

    Used for diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective for treating joint pain (rheumatism, osteoarthritis, sprains, etc.) but also for treating gallstones. The leaves are used in infusions and decoctions.

  • Ayapana (Ayapana triplinervis)

    The leaves are used to treat digestive disorders (vomiting, nausea, indigestion, intestinal burns, etc.) and diarrhoea. The leaves are used for infusions and decoctions.

Aplamédom : Association pour les Plantes Aromatiques et Médicinales de La Réunion.

Where to find pei plants ?

Dozens of other plants with medicinal properties grow on Reunion Island:  bois de pêche marron, rouroute, le bois de savon, cl’aloés, le benjoin, etc. Learn more:

By visiting traditional creole gardens, by inhaling intoxicating fragrances such as geranium, vetiver and ylang-ylang, or spicy aromas of cloves, cardamom and vanilla.

  • take in a lungful of fresh air on the island’s botanical trails
  • stroll around markets. Herbal teas traders explain the health benefits of the different plants, and give you recipes and tips.
  • sip a herbal tea made with invigorating plants after your table d’hôtes  

For more information about guided tours and circuits: Information and booking platform – Ile de la Réunion Tourisme – Tel. +262 90 78 78