Esquinancia The grass is a small plant that rarely reaches more than two feet high.
The strain persists for a long time, but the branches and leaves are renewed every year. These branches are very thin and lack of hair. The leaves are pointed and born grouped into groups of four or five different knots.
You can see it across the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.
One grows in dry places and limestone, especially in very stony and sandy at any altitude, either at sea level as in mountains near the 2,000 m.
Esquinancia The grass begins to bloom during the month of May and continues blooming throughout the summer, to finish in autumn.
The flowers are very small, pink, and with the funnel-shaped calyx. The fruits are also very small and lack of hair like the rest of the plant.
Aerial part, harvested from the plant, especially in the flowering season is when they are most active principles. If you want to keep for a long time should the sun to dry them and store them in glass jars then sealed and in place without moisture.
This plant is known for its great diuretic properties. It has also been long regarded as a good remedy to dissolve bladder stones, although this belief is brought about because it can be found in sandy and rocky places. It is good for curing all kinds of diseases of the throat and tonsils.
It was most used in ancient times than today. A few years ago was very well regarded (especially in the area of Aragon) in medicine optional. At present it is used more as a home remedy that by physicians, but is still widespread throughout the country and can be found in all provinces.
Infusion. It gets a pint of water to boil and then add 30 gr. Of the plant. It is taken as a diuretic and to dilute the calculation 3 times daily after meals.
cooking. It makes 1 liter of warm water along with 50g. Of the plant. It gargle after straining the ready to combat the sore throat.
Poultice. The plant is crushed and placed on a cotton cloth. It is applied to cure throat infections.
HABITAT: Dry places calcareous
PART USED: Aerial parts
CASTILIAN: Hierba del cabrón
CATALAN: Herba prima
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