Aro (Arum italicum)
The ring is a perennial that forms an underground tuber, of which several leaves and tear, when at that time the flower. These colorful leaves wrap the floral scape topped by a horn-shaped spathe, inflorescence protecting itself, which in this case is called the spadix, in the base of the spadix flowers appear above the pistil and stamen flowers. This inflorescence emits a foul odor to humans, but instead attracts pollinating insects. One grows in thickets and slopes nearly the entire peninsula and the Balearic Islands.
FLOWERINGFlowers with the arrival of spring and in late June and usually has all the ripe fruit. For medicinal use the rhizome is collected: once collected from the ground, wash thoroughly, peel and cut in half lengthwise, then let it dry over hurdles or hung with rope. The best time to harvest the rhizome is in March, as it is on this month when the highest concentration in active ingredients have.
APPLICATIONSWe are faced with a poisonous plant, though this power away toxic heat. In any case, it should be cautious when consuming it. The rhizomes are rich in starch, because they may contain up to 70%. The toxicity is attributed to a substance that easily decomposes and disappears by heat or drying. Once this compound is destroyed, always before, we must ensure these are perfectly edible tubers. In the leaves and tubers also finds a type glycosidic saponin. The tuber ring is popularly used as an expectorant and in general to combat bronchial colds. It was also used as a laxative for a long time. It also attributed therapeutic virtues prodigious against corns, felons and warts, but now via internal use is strongly discouraged. For external route does seem to be of any use: it is said that the burns heal quickly on them using fresh leaves of the rim. Similarly, there is some training in literature as an ointment and ointment to cure chilblains or to activate the healing of ulcers rebels. In case of accidental poisoning by consumption of this plant, it is advisable to empty the stomach and intestines and provide drink oil, as well as also administer enemas. Subsequently be given milk, tea or coffee and keeping intoxicated in a hot environment. Charcoal may be given animal.
ADMINISTRATIONPoultice. You take a piece of rhizome is pounded in a mortar and, once reduced to a paste, spread over the affected part of the callus, wart or whitlow. Cover it with a bandage and renewed application 2 times a day. Do not forget that this plant should not be administered via internal ever. In any case, you better use is supervised by the physician.
HABITAT: Hedges and banks
PART USED: Rhizome
CASTILIAN: Hierba de Aaron, jaro
CATALAN: Xerria, cugot
BASQUE: Suge-artaburu, illarondoko
GALICIAN: Herba das anadas
USESMild toxicity, Mild laxative, Mild Expectorant.