It is a perennial plant that reaches about two feet high.
The most characteristic feature of it is rooted, strong, well developed and not very straight, as it delves into the earth as it is twisted. Of her two or three are born fully coated stems of leaves, these are lanceolate and its extreme form is divided into several segments also rounded form. They are completely covered with hair, both the beam and on the underside.
We find this plant in the northern half of Spain, from Galicia to Catalonia and is very rare to find it in the south. It breeds on rocky hills and areas with low humidity. Normally in calcareous soils.
The flowering season begins in early spring and ends in the summer. It has two types of flowers: the former have the green corolla and virtually locked into the cup, making it very difficult to see them on the ground. Flowers are fertile and are stored inside a few seeds. The second type is much more showy, purple color and pleasant odor.
Aerial parts are harvested from the plant over the year, although the best time for this are the spring and summer, ie when they are most active components of the plant.
This plant was taken for a long time as a remedy for any disease. It was considered antispasmodic, tonic and is occasionally used to bring down high fevers.
It has been long used to cure headaches and all sorts of diseases related to the nervous system.
It is also used to sharpen the appetite.
Infusion. It makes a pint of warm water and when it begins to boil, add 15 gr. Of the plant. This preparation is used to treat neural diseases is a cup on an empty stomach in the morning and if necessary you can take some more throughout the day. You can also use this preparation as an appetizer. Then take a cup a few minutes before starting to eat, but should not be sweetened with sugar or honey as it could remove the appetite.
HABITAT: Limestone soils
FLOWERING: Spring and summer
PART USED: Air Sumidad
CASTILIAN: Iva menor
CATALAN: Iva moscada
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