The rough centaurea plant is more or less angular stems hardened at the base and relatively large population of leaves, the base has a corner that says, lacking the true upper nipple. The leaf shape is lanceolate figure, but with two or three lobes more or less deep on each side. Each branch of this herb brings a flower head consists of a species of spiny artichokes, over which hover and open flowers. These beautiful flowers are pink, especially those found on the outside forming a sort of crown margins.
One grows in river banks, or between crops, in vineyards and in general at any site where the leaves grow.
The flowering of this herb is curious because, although usually occurs in spring, it is difficult to see Florida in the winter. Regarding the collection of interest for medicinal purposes should be collected the entire plant, preferably no more flourish.
Composition of the centaurea know pretty soon; betasisterol contains derivatives and cyanogenic glycosides.
Mainly plant is considered an appetizer, ie that stimulates appetite. It also speaks of his property to lower the blood sugar level, although this property acts as a mild form. There are several studies on experimental animals which demonstrate the hypoglycaemic action, but when the results are extrapolated to man seems that the data do not match. Anyway, is indicated for anorexia, digestive problems and diabetes moderate, always under medical supervision. It is important to emphasize that diabetics can not base their treatment on the use of herbs simply, all natural medicine can be used as an adjunct to drug treatment more seriously. Otherwise, problems that could arise would be very serious.
Infusion. We used the stem with leaves and flower heads in cooking, in a proportion of 30 g. Grass-if possible freshly dried-per liter of water. In some places the grass is used naturally in greater quantities. This brew is very bitter, so be suitably sweetened.
In the pharmaceutical market can find many presentations where centaurea joins as sole active ingredient or complex presentations.
FAMILY: Composite tubulifloras
PART USED: Flowering plant
CATALAN: Travalera, herba vaquera
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