The Camarina is a small shrub, not more than three feet high, with leaves resembling those of the heather. A plant with male and female feet. The root is creeping, knotty, thick, like the heather, from where some brittle stems and wearing a dark red bark. At the end of the stems are produced fruits, round, white and transparent.
This shrub grows on dunes and sandy places on the Atlantic coast from Cadiz to Galicia, along the entire coast of Portugal.
It blooms from late winter to mid-June, according to their geographical location. Interested harvest the fruit, which resembles a pearl is quite thick and juicy and very acidic flavor. It usually involves some hard bumps. This fruit is only every two years and the plants that do not bear fruit in the year without flowers.
The composition of the Camarina is completely unknown so far. All I know is that it possesses significant quantities of mineral salts, which is considered a plant remineralizing. Also very useful to reduce fever in certain diseases, administering the rewards in the form of lemonade, given its sour taste. Anyway this shrub is little known as a medicinal plant, like the family it belongs, that of empetráceas. This group of plants includes no more than 6 species, which are characterized mainly by bushes or shrubs be structurally similar to the heath, with which it can be confusing if you do not have much knowledge of botany.
As for its anthelmintic properties and appear to confirm acting as such, although it is unclear what components are engaged in this action. Intestinal worms have been very concerned man and throughout history have been hundreds of remedies that have been used for this purpose, but few have been shown to be effective. The worm-like worms are known parasites, but not a danger to the patient's life are very annoying and can cause many problems. Today we have many very active preparations that removed in a second or third application.
Oral liquid form. The fruits can be administered in the form of lemonade, taking advantage of its sour taste. The dose used and the time that treatment should last, must be determined by the doctor.
HABITAT: Atlantic coastal dunes
FLOWERING: Late winter
PART USED: Fruit
CASTILIAN: Caramiña, camariña
GALICIAN: Herba da fame
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