The lavender is an herb belonging to the Labiatae family, often confused with another plant of the same gender: Lavandula spica (Lavender). In fact, these 2 species differ, but in some areas of Spain are attributed to the female and male spica lavender to lavender latifolia. In any case, the lavender is unlike any other species by high and branched stems and broad leaves and whitish. And the smell given off by this plant is not as nice as lavender.
It breeds on the slopes and lowland hills, in the bushes and not very dense forests.
The flowering is also difficult to distinguish the lavender, then make it a month later, with the July heat. Still, in areas where these 2 species coexist, they are mixing the two plants that differ in their essence and are of lower quality than that extracted from the lavender. Therefore, to obtain any of these 2 plants in pure form, it is necessary to plant them well away from each other.
Harvesting of this plant are interested in the flowering tops are harvested when the flower is fully open. Experts recommend starting the flowers early in the morning on sunny days and dry below. Subsequently be stored in airtight bags or jars.
As previously mentioned, the essence of fine lavender is much less than the lavender as it consists mainly of camphor, borneol, terpineol and cineol. This substance possesses antispasmodic, antiseptic and stimulants in general, and is recommended in cases of asthenia, enterocolitis, gastrointestinal spasms and external use as an antiseptic in skin infections and minor injuries. It should be noted that essences can produce at least mucous membrane irritation, allergic reactions and high-dose-in headaches, nausea, vomiting and drowsiness, why should seek advice from medical staff.
Infusion. It is prepared with the equivalent dose to a small dessert spoon per cup of boiling water. It may take up to 3 cups a day.
Essence. From 2 to 4 drops administered on a sugar cube or in encapsulated form.
For external use. Both infusion in the form of washes or pads or using the substance in alcoholic solution, for the same purpose.
HABITAT: Eastern Peninsula
PART USED: Sumidad florida
CATALAN: Espigol mascle
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