The biengranada is a yellowish-green grass, plus or minus ramosa. Usually reaches a height of about one to two feet and is on an annual basis. Although regarded as an aromatic plant, the smell may not be agreeable to everyone. Its leaves sustains a long stem and are rounded, broader at the base to the tip and deep segments of different sizes.
It is very common to find this plant for most of the peninsula. Usually grows among rocks and in sandy places. We can find primarily in the beds of rivers without water.
The flowering season of summer is usually biengranada. Its flowers are very small and grouped in clusters arise that lie at the ends of the branches and stem, no leaves are present interflorales. Each flower is composed of five small leaves joined at the base slightly and five stamens. Inside the cup is enclosed fruit, rounded and black.
The most used of this plant are its flowers, which are harvested throughout the summer and used immediately, because if they are dried they lose some of their properties. Also gather the leaves and stems.
The freshly collected plant consists of aldehydes, ketones and phenols, but at the time that we start to lose these active ingredients to dry and with them their scent.
Used as a breastplate, is truly effective when fresh. The problem is that colds at the time of the plant is already cured, and therefore has lost its virtues.
This plant facilitates expectoration, besides having sudorific properties and be very soothing for cough. Historically, in France, biengranada was used to keep the linen and clothes, which gave a good smell and defended by moths.
Infusion. It casts an ounce of the herb, flower and freshly cut in half a liter of boiling water, then cover and remove from heat. It should serve as hot as possible, and prepare it anew each time.
Tincture. In summer the plant is cast in alcohol, and after nine days for a paper filter and stored in a cool place.
Cook. It takes a teaspoon of tincture biengranada a decoction of the leaves of mallow When it is hot, and take this mixture without waiting for it to cool. If the taste is not very pleasant can be sweetened with sugar.
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