The female is abrotano a small plant that grows no more than 3 feet. It has many thin stems and steep. The leaves are linear and fade away as you ascend the sumidad, to leave a naked way. The capitate flowers are all equal, sometimes very hairy and sometimes very green, almost hairless.
It grows on rocky hills of the limestone soils of much of the country, from coast to altitudes close to 2000 m. There is a shortage of Asturias and Galicia.
It blooms in June, more or less by St. John, and this time lasted for much of the summer. In some southern areas often take the flowers a little earlier. Collection sumidad interested in florida, which is collected in summer, turning to dry in the shade or in dryer. As the plant has an essence, packaging should be airtight to keep her.
The abrotano female is very rich in substance, although the amount present varies widely depending on the race, the place where it develops and the state in which it is. The composition of the substance remains to be defined, is thought to contain azulene ketones and terpenes, as well as an alcohol, but nothing is confirmed, since some studies had been made were in the essences of other species. In Spain, the flower heads of female abrotano similar virtues are attributed to chamomile, this is considered appetizers, digestive, antiseptic, expectorant and healing. In fact, the primary virtues were attributed to the flowering tops of abrotano were those of chamomile, being later when it was also observed vulneraria, emmenagogue and vermifuge even.
It is ideally suited to slow digestion, intestinal gas, menstrual cramps, bronchitis, asthma, anorexia and gastrointestinal spasms. In external use is primarily used in infusion for conjunctivitis, inflammation of the eyelids or blepharitis, stomatitis and vaginitis. As always we have an essence, you have to keep the necessary precautions, especially children, for being the most susceptible to poisoning.
In our Peninsula santolina grow several species-by far have been little studied abrotano-very similar to female. In the absence of documentation of other species, it is conceivable that there could be some toxic, so the collection should be left to experts. If we want to leverage their strengths, it is best to go to some skilled in the art so that further assistance.
Infusion. Collect some floral chapters 5.8 and added to a cup of boiling water. This tea can be taken up to 3 cups a day.
Essence. The essence already prepared can be taken at a rate of 3-4 drops added over a lump of sugar, 3 times a day.
For external use. The same above but more concentrated infusion can be used as eye drops, eye baths, enemas or douches.
FAMILY: Composite tubulifloras
HABITAT: Ground limestone
PART USED: Sumidad florida
CASTILIAN: Brotano, hierba piojera
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