The Alchemilla arvense is an herbaceous plant belonging to the family Rosaceae. This is an annual plant of low-rise, at most a foot high. The leaves have a short corner and are divided into three segments, which in turn divided again into deep teeth. Each sheet carries a pair of states that soldiers in one piece, forming a cornucopia filled with flowers funny.
One grows in sandy places, especially on siliceous and preferentially in the fields around the country, although it is not strange to see her everywhere.
It begins to bloom from March and continues well into the summer. Purposes of harvesting the whole plant medicinal care, which should be collected when in flower or about to bloom. The following should be put out to dry as quickly as possible, either in the shade, or better still drying at temperatures not too high in order not to damage their property. Finally is stored in sealed bottles, protected from light and moisture.
Composition of the plant little can be said, as there are no serious studies about it. We think that is similar to the composition of other plants of the same genre as "the Alchemilla alpina" or "lady's mantle", ie materials should be rich in tannins and other minor components of therapeutic interest.
As to its pharmacological actions, is used as the two species we have mentioned above. It is used against diarrhea for his important astringent. Also used against stomach ache and gastrointestinal inflammations. Another effect attributed to him is being a good tonic and topically as anti-inflammatory action.
The name "Alchemilla" comes from the time of the alchemists, who had faith in these plants and often used in many of its multiple experiments. One of the things that aroused his curiosity was to see the distilled water these plants, pushing it to think that it could take many qualities and extract them.
cooking. It is prepared by boiling a little over a cup of water with a handful of grass. Is taken when still warm and some other herbs are added to give flavor.
While used as Alchemilla other, it seems that this is the least active of all.
HABITAT: Places siliceous
PART USED: Whole plant
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