The euonymus shrub is not very high, belonging to the family of quelastráceas. Its leaves and branches are affected and the flowers are clusters of little flowers, the fruit is divided into four segments raised, taking a red when ripe. Both the leaves and flowers give off an unpleasant smell and taste has a herbaceous taste similar to rue.
This shrub grows among oak trees and oak trees, in canyons, near streams, etc.., Shared by most of the country, although more frequently in the north.
It blooms from April to May and fruits ripen entering the fall. For medicinal use are both the seeds and fruits, but be careful with this species, it is highly toxic at relatively low doses. His home collection and subsequent use is contraindicated, except that it carries out specialized personnel.
Both the bark from the branches like the roots and fruit is a glycoside called evonimina. The seeds contain high amounts of oil, consisting of various fatty acids.
Evonimina glycoside seems that exerts direct action on the heart, acting the same way they do digitalis-although its exact properties are unknown, let alone their intense pharmacological actions. What I have found is that the fruits of accidental ingestion of lead poisoning usually euonymus unpredictable consequences. Among the most notable symptoms include cramping, diarrhea abundant, fainting, seizures, and in some severe cases may even precipitate death. This type of poisoning is usually treated as due to cardiac glycosides. It seems, therefore, it is important to emphasize that this plant should not be used in their backyards. In former times it was used as a purgative, but the results were not expected, or rather, in addition to exert a drastic purgative, was accompanied by the symptoms described above, so that their use was falling into oblivion.
It is known from an external application based on euonymus: indeed, the cooking of the fruit seems to be a good remedy, topically applied, against the blood and other body parasites.
Its use is strongly discouraged. Moreover, much remains to deepen their study to exploit the hidden virtues which no doubt has. Meanwhile, the only way to manage it as a decoction made with 30 gr. Of fruit in 1 l. Water. This preparation can be applied externally in various epidermal parasites.
HABITAT: In canyons of the Pyrenees
FLOWERING: April and May
PART USED: Nuts and seeds
CASTILIAN: Bonetero, husera
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