Despite safety concerns, people take quillaia for cough, bronchitis, and other breathing problems.
Some people apply quillaia extract directly to the skin to treat skin sores, athlete's foot, and itchy scalp. It is sometimes included in shampoos for dandruff, in hair tonic preparations for thinning hair, and in douches for vaginal discharges.
In foods, quillaia is used in frozen dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatins, and puddings. It is also used in beverages and cocktails and as a foaming agent in root beer.
In manufacturing, quillaia extracts are used in skin creams. Quillaia is also used as a foaming agent in fire extinguishers.
In South America, quillaia bark is used to wash clothes.
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