The maro is a shrub that is often quite small measuring 20 to 25 cm. High.
It consists of a lot of very erect branches that have a whitish color produced by the fine hair that covers them. They are completely covered with small leaves and oval-shaped, these are attached to the stem by a short corner. The flowers are borne in the axils of the leaves and usually do one at a time, without creating groups.
It can be found in the Balearic Islands. In the Iberian Peninsula, by contrast, does not arise unless planted by man. By itself only grows in rocky land de Baleares.
It blooms only during the months of May and June. Usually the flowers are isolated in the axils of the leaves, are formed by a very small calyx and a tubular shape. The corolla is pink and unevenly because the petals are very long on one side and short on the other. Sumidad air is collected from the plant. The leaves and flowers are used in some cases, making it convenient to collect the branches in May or June to coincide with the months of flowering.
The maro is the most active of the plant of its kind. He was considered one of the best medicinal plants due to its many applications.
It has been used as a remedy for respiratory problems like asthma and in applications as diverse as antiscorbutic, antispasmódico and aphrodisiac.
It is also good for stomach problems and is highly digestible. But its main use is as a diuretic and tonic.
Today his reputation has declined since it was formerly one of the plants used in medicine both as optional remedies. Today is rarely used in Spain as it is replaced by other plants that are easier on the Peninsula and they have the same properties.
Infusion. It makes a quart of water to boil. When it starts to boil, add 30 gr. Sumidad florida the plant, ie branches containing flowers. It takes a hot cup after each meal to use as a tonic and digestive.
Wine maro. Mix one quart of Jerez with 30 gr. Of branches with flowers. Take a cup after meals.
HABITAT: Menorca and Mallorca
FLOWERING: May and June
PART USED: Sumidad florida
CASTILIAN: Maro de Cortusio
CATALAN: Herba dels gats
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