The piss is a perennial herb of thick, fleshy root, which turns brown blackish brown with numerous fibers around the apex. The stem is angular, simple or little branched, almost leafless, with a tuft of fibers from the base of old leaves. The leaves are almost all basal, long petiolate, oblong or ovate, narrow, doubly pinnate. The flowers form umbels or umbrellas, no less than six radios and a very unequal length, are surrounded by several very narrow bracts.
It breeds in wet grasslands across the Pyrenees and in some high mountain areas in the Cantabrian region, being an essential requirement that the lands are devoid of lime.
It flowers from June onwards, the fruits ripen in summer and autumn. Interested in harvesting fruits and roots, the latter will be collected in spring, before starting to move the plant or when it wants to throw the first leaves. It dries quickly in the shade or in drier and stored in a dry place, protected from light. The fruits should be collected in late summer, around the month of September.
At the root and rhizome meo find large amounts of essence, in addition to starch, little sister, pectin, oil and resin. This plant was not well known to pharmacologists illustrious antiquity and probably when alluding to piss in ancient writings are referring to other plants with similar characteristics. You know it is relatively easy to confuse this with other highly poisonous plant of the same family, so we must be careful when collecting them.
The following virtues are attributed as stomach tonic. It also considers that it has properties as a diuretic, emmenagogue, and carminative. As for emmenagogue properties of the plant, it is clear that not to be confused with abortion: it is said that a substance has emmenagogue action when accelerating or regulates menstruation, but instead a plant is abortifacient when their use may result in disruption of pregnancy-although it is true that many plants are used to regulate menstruation, which in large doses may prove abortive.
It is a very popular grass for livestock, making it very difficult study, since they eat with such eagerness that they will not let it bear fruit. In fact, the grass remains intact until early August, but then it rapidly kills livestock.
Infusion. It is prepared with the following: exactly 30 g. Per liter of water. The recommended dose is one cup after meals.
Many people prefer to chew the root as if it were licorice, swallowing saliva as it is sucking.
HABITAT: Wet meadows of the Pyrenees
PART USED: Root and fruit
CASTILIAN: Eneldo ursino
CATALAN: Herba del meu
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