It is an annual or biennial that can grow to a foot. The stem is not strong enough to hold up, as normally found crawling on the floor, except the ends that are usually elevated. It presents many ramifications.
The leaves are oval, with its tapered end, and located oppositely arranged, starting from each node. The petiole joins the stem that is growing as we approach the ground. It is commonly found on uncultivated land, near walls and in shady areas, spread throughout the country.
We can find the blooming plant for most of the year. It has white flowers that are located at the apex of the plant and are supported by thin stalks. They have five petals and an equal number of sepals, each petal is divided in two, and sometimes seems to possess ten. Flowers open at noon and its form resembles a small star.
The fruit is an ovoid capsule with six valves by opening is achieved when the right time for germination.
Since ancient times this plant has been used mainly for its expectorant action due to its saponin content, even in our days this effect has been far surpassed by other plants busiest.
Among the many virtues that have traditionally been attributed to this plant stresses the respect of their ability to clear the airways and lungs. Other times it has been used topically for cleansing the eyes which, thanks to the saponins, creating an effect similar to the current producing soaps. Also the juice extracted from this plant was used as an analgesic optician.
In veterinary medicine has been used as an appetizer of birds in cages, that precisely in these conditions in captivity often lose their appetite.
All these actions are rather poor, so that today its use has been virtually eradicated.
Infusion. He added ten grams of whole plants to 300 milliliters of boiled water and still hot, allowing it to cool for twelve minutes, the liquid obtained is taken throughout the day, so encourage expectoration.
Fresh plant juice. You can take a spoonful every eight hours, thus strengthening the airways and lungs especially.
HABITAT: Neglected farmland
FLOWERING: Most of the year
PART USED: Whole plant
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