Perennial plant of white roots, long and deep. The aerial part may reach up to 25 cm. High. It has a slight hairiness and, like all belonging to the Labiatae family, has a square section shaft, with the peculiarity that has two of its faces with a light hair while the other two are completely hairless. The single stem with one or two pairs of leaves that are opposite each other. Apart from the stem, a series of laterals emerging from the base of the plant and that develop at ground level. If you look closely, we see that they have a square section, since it is not proper stems.
It blooms in spring and summer. The flowers come out from the stem of the plant, on top of it. They have pale blue color, although there are also pink and even white. In any case, show a series of veins of a darker color.
Harvesting is done by selecting the carrier.
Today, the composition is quite unknown, although its action vulneraria and astringent-administered both orally and applied topically to wounds or sores-you might suspect the existence of a certain amount of tannic acid and vitamins.
Despite the traditionally used, as currently there are other plants with higher and better use for medicinal purposes has been greatly reduced today, limiting its use almost exclusively to certain areas where their presence is abundant - and which is still used, then, without breaking a tradition that generation after generation has come down to us by oral transmission. We refer to certain areas north of the peninsula, particularly areas of the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian mountain range.
Infusion. They take five grams of the aerial parts of the plant, in addition to three hundred milliliters of boiled water, leaving fifteen minutes contact. The liquid-after-filter can be used to wash wounds, thereby facilitating healing.
Decoction. He added an ounce of the plant to a liter of water, letting it boil for ten minutes. The liquid thus obtained is applied as compresses on skin lesions.
Ointment. Prepared by adding on a 5% fat from the juice of the plant. It is applied on abraded skin.
HABITAT: Meadows and wet places in the north
FLOWERING: Spring and summer
PART USED: Air Sumidad
CASTILIAN: Consuelda media
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