Marine Wormwood is a herbaceous plant that usually measures about 30 cm tall, although occasionally it can overcome them. It consists of a rigid stem and erect, grayish leaves and completely coated. These sheets are quite large in proportion to the size of the rest of the plant typically measure 3 to 5 cm, are fully segmented, which in turn are subdivided into more segments and its color is white.
Located on the coast of the peninsula, being a species endemic to the coast of Cadiz.
One grows in meadows and plains near the coast.
Flowering occurs during the months of October, November and December.
The flowers are grouped in heads that are smaller than other plants of the family. These flower heads may contain about 20 flowers.
Are collected primarily the flowering tops of the plant, so the best time to harvest the flowering season is from October to mid December. These seeds are collected and stored in dry places for which are kept in perfect condition.
It contains a substance called santonin.
The wormwood is used to combat marine worms, like other plants of the family, although this is the most active of them all.
It was also used as long healing in all types of wounds.
Care must be taken with this plant as eaten in large quantities is toxic, the most common symptoms include nausea, hives and even in severe cases can cause convulsions death by asphyxiation.
Currently it is not very used because it is replaced by other plants that have the same properties but without side effects.
Cooking: Put 10 gr. Of the flowering tops of the plant to warm up in half a liter of water left boiling for twenty minutes. Fasting is recommended to drink to combat intestinal worms. If the preparation is going to be ingested by a child should not be added more than 2 deg. Of flowering tops. You must be very careful with the quantities used, since this plant which is totally harmless small amounts can be dangerous at high quantities, even lead to death sometimes.
FAMILY: Composite tubulifloras
HABITAT: Meadows near the sea
PART USED: Sumidad flowers and seeds
CATALAN: Donzell mari
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