A plant that is rarely found wild in the peninsula but is highly valued for its aromatic characteristics. For this reason one can find remnants of ancient cultures that once made near human habitats, such as houses, fences ...
Apart from its aroma is also very popular for being a plant pleasing to the eye, which can be used decoratively as long as the plant itself and its flowers are very striking. It has large leaves and an intense green.
Tarragon is now showing its colors in July, ending in September. The flowers are gathered in chapters spherical, yellow, are distributed throughout the stem, with highest concentrations in the top of the stem.
Harvesting takes place in July and chose the top of the stem that will dry quickly in the shade, but not to exceed 35 grados CelsiusC, thus avoiding the loss of essential oils contained in the leaves, which are actually the active in this plant.
In ancient times was a very popular remedy against one of the worst evils of the time: the plague. Today, through research, has succeeded in eradicating this disease, so their job is no longer necessary.
The core features more than 60% of an essential oil called estragol and also has in its composition as ocimene and terpene substances phellandrene, commonly used as an appetizer in appetite and as an anthelmintic to eliminate intestinal parasites. Also used in hiposecretoras gastritis, indigestion and bloating due to slow action eupeptic, carminative and spasmolytic.
It's a good emmenagogue, able to produce and regulate menstruation, so it is used in dysmenorrhoea and amenorrhoea.
It also applies in cases of rheumatism.
This plant contains a substance that should be taken only in doses prescribed by the physician, since an excess can produce central nervous system excitation and gastrointestinal irritation, along with the ease with which produce allergic phenomena in people sensitive to this plant.
Infusion. Five grams of dried leaf and pre-cut, added to 250 milliliters of boiled water, leaving it in contact for ten minutes of this preparation can take a total of three cups a day, half an hour before each meal to and get an appetite stimulant effect.
Poultice. Prepare a mixture of fresh leaves and flowering tops or shredded, which is covered with gauze and applied to the painful area to act as an antiseptic, especially in dental infections.
FAMILY: Composite tubulifloras
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