The lower Globularia a plant belonging to the family of globulariáceas. It is a shrub that, in good condition, it reaches up to five feet tall. During the first year of cultivation is a rosette of leaves at ground level, where the stem itself out in the second year of life, the latter turn out oval-shaped leaves and serrated edges, which are covered with a hairy call clears, it's pretty thick and gives a white or yellowish coloration.
For its perfect development environment what are the best places stony, calcareous, rural areas and near mountains, being therefore more frequent presence in the north of the country, especially in eastern and central Pyrenees.
Harvesting is done in the flowering season, pending the opening of the flowers. Drying is carried out as quickly as possible, taking advantage of the sun but avoiding the presence of wind in any case. To improve the process put the sample on newsprint, which absorb moisture while avoiding the darkening of the flowers, a fact which indicates the loss of much of its activity.
Store in jars topaz-thus avoiding the deleterious effect of light on the sample-and hermetically sealed to prevent moisture from the environment can alter it.
People attribute to field Globularia cleansing properties, hypotensive and cardiotonic. Furthermore, its high content of mucilage is also recommended to regularize the intestinal transit, although this assertion has yet to prove. In some ancient texts attributed to this plant ophthalmic properties, but this was due to the theory of the sign, according to which the similarity of the plant (or any part thereof) with any of the human body was popularly believed that the species in question had authority over that body. In this case, the floral chapters of Globularia resemble eyes, but this similarity has nothing to do with their property.
Decoction. Are added 80 grams of flowers and leaves in a quart of boiling water, leaving it at that temperature for ten minutes, then filtered and allowed to temper. Washes are performed wounds and can also be used as an enema for diarrhea.
FLOWERING: May and July
PART USED: Whole plant
CATALAN: Herba negra, cap-blau
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