Cress (Lepidium latifolium)
The cress is a perennial herb, stem and stiff branches that rarely reaches more than three feet high. The stem is completely hairless, the leaves are scattered on the stem, there is great disparity in size between the lower and upper leaves. They are ovate and lanceolate shape, with the top extended, partially serrated edges and often finished in a tip, like the stem and branches. The flowers are panicle and terminal clusters are small and white. It breeds on the banks of streams throughout the peninsula, but not be characteristic of any area.
FLOWERINGThe cress flowers from May onwards, being normal to find some plant flowers in late summer. Collection for medical care the entire plant, which should be collected when needed, for what you use is fresh plant. Therefore, nothing is worth hoarding large quantities as to when we go to use it may have lost all their properties.
APPLICATIONSIt contains a substance in all its parts, this essence has high amounts of sulfur in its composition. As for the seeds appear to be rich in a substance called mirosina. Its virtues seem to be similar to those of other cruciferous plants of the same type. Plant is not very active from the practical standpoint, but that can be used without the danger of other crucifers. From its analgesic can say that formerly used for the pains of sciatica, with excellent results, as well as anti-inflammatory properties are attributed.
ADMINISTRATIONFresh leaves. The leaves can be taken in small quantities, previously minced and mixed salad.
Tisane. Is prepared by pouring into a cup of boiling water just picked a few leaves and removing the pot from the fire immediately. Once cold sweetens the taste of each other and drink in small sips.
For external use. The leaves can also be used externally. This ground in a mortar and applied as a poultice. The effects are similar to those of mustard. This used to be given to combat pain from sciatica.
Infusion. Pour in one cup boiling water 2 g. dried leaves, with some tops of thyme. Let it cool and slips. This infusion is used mainly for douching, with enough use in folk medicine.
Decoction for internal use. 30 g / l, boil for 10 minutes and take three to four cups a day.
HABITAT: On the banks of streams
PART USED: Whole plant
CASTILIAN: Lepidio de plinio
CATALAN: Morritor bord
USESStrong anti-inflammatory, Moderate analgesic, Diuretic Moderate.