The foul is a shrub that does not normally exceed the height of a man, unless that land is in very hot, then it can double its length. The leaves are composed of three leaflets, such as clovers, which are hairless on the upper surface with numerous hairs on the underside and elliptical figure. The flowers are greenish yellow with a small blackish spot that looks up, and are grouped in small clusters arising from the new branches. It is characterized mainly because off a foul odor as it is played, what should be its name.
It breeds around the Mediterranean, from Catalonia to Gibraltar, although rarely found inside the Peninsula.
The stinking flowers in autumn. Collection for therapeutic purposes primarily interested in the leaves, seeds and flowering tops, although in some places also use the bark. But it is a plant that can be dangerous in unskilled hands, so we should not forget to advise us well before With this plant are preparing infusions, decoctions and many other forms drinkable, but always taking into account the toxicity of the bush. Furthermore, we know that the ideal solution to the problem of constipation is precisely not the use of substances-lax laxative, but in the increased consumption of fiber, as we have already had occasion to comment on other occasions. Tion. Anyway, does not usually produce many poisonings since their nasty smell it is most discouraging.
The bark and leaves contain an alkaloid called cytisine. Moreover, the leaves are large concentrations of calcium malate. The seed-besides being rich in the aforementioned alkaloid-containing another alkaloid anagirina, which is structurally related to the lupanin found in lupins.
Of his virtues there is little to say. The leaves have a very marked laxative effect, typically used in tea, but it is difficult to adjust the dose and side effects are not all pleasant, but include vomiting, severe diarrhea, cramping and dehydration after fluid loss. The seeds are emetic and very toxic, being the only flowering tops of the plant parts that can be used with relative safety. Indeed, it seems to be used in some parts of southern Spain and pectorals in the form of cooking. The rest of the plant is best not to make any use, except by order optional and strictly monitored.
With this plant are preparing infusions, decoctions and many other forms drinkable, but always taking into account the toxicity of the bush. Furthermore, we know that the ideal solution to the problem of constipation is precisely not the use of substances-lax laxative, but in the increased consumption of fiber, as we have already had occasion to comment on other occasions.
PART USED: Leaves, seeds and flowering tops
CASTILIAN: Chocho del diablo
CATALAN: Garroferet de moro
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