The Imperatoria is a perennial herb that can reach up to 60 cm. In height if ground conditions are appropriate. The strain that has is quite thick, brown, internally very clear, straw-colored and milky. The leaves are divided into segments ovate, lobed and are a little stiff. The fruit of Imperatori is rounded.
It breeds in wet meadows, beside streams and generally lacking in areas without water .*
The Imperatoria blooms in summer, provided soil moisture is adequate. For medicinal purposes are collected the rhizome and root. They should be collected with care not to leave part of the root in the ground. Once collected, is carefully cleaned, cut into slices and put to dry in the shade.
The rhizome of Imperatoria contains varying amounts of a substance which by its taste and odor reminiscent of angelica. This essence is composed almost entirely of so-called terpenes, alcohol and palmitic acid.
The rhizome and root are tonic, stimulant, diuretic and carminative. In reality, all these actions are exercised in a very soft, not being a particularly active or problematic plant for possible adverse effects. In ancient times no one made mention of it, at least until after the Middle Ages, then it seems that gained some fame for a short time and they extolled its medicinal properties. However, he fell into oblivion. Today seems to be indicated in some digestive problems that occur with gastric hyposecretion, ie when the stomach does not secrete its juices in sufficient quantity.
Infusion. The infusion is prepared from root or rhizome, which should be collected in autumn when the stem is already dry. For the preparation it takes about 15 g. Of powdered root or rhizome, which add to 1 / 2 l. Of boiling water. Once cold seeps. They should take two cups a day, after we get comidas.Si expectoration increased infusion should be served hot.
HABITAT: Land siliceous
PART USED: Rhizome and root
CATALAN: Herba de Santa Caterina
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