Grass of the seven indentations (Lithospermun fruticosum)
The grass of the seven indentations form a large clump of gray-green color and feel pretty rough. It consists of many branches and twigs of woody and very tender young shoots, which are those who bring flowers. The leaves are narrow, without a tail, similar to those of rosemary, only slightly shorter and covered with small hairs short, you are communicating to the ground roughness. The fruit is composed of three or four smooth granite, white, staying at the bottom of the cup.
This herb grows on lowland limestone soils, for almost the entire peninsula, but has also been found to almost 2000 m. High.
In some areas blooms from March, continuing throughout the month of April, but in the highlands have been flowers in the month of June. From the collection stayed with the leaf and flower buds, which are gathered when the plant is at its peak flowering period. Once collected, are dried in the shade or drying, at temperatures not too high, so that the grass retains its medicinal properties.
Composition of herbal seven indentations little can be said because it has hardly been studied. It may contain litospérmico acid, like other plants belonging to the same family. Popularly, this herb has been regarded as hypotensive, cholesterol lowering, hemostatic, antiseptic and anticatarrhal. So, is indicated in moderate hypertension problems, flu, colds, wounds and skin ulcers. It appears that some components have fungicidal properties, although this is yet to be demonstrated. In most parts of the Peninsula this herb is very prestigious in what is known as "lower blood". There are even emerging studies supporting this use. Finally, we also comment that among the pastoralists in some areas the grass is considered vulneraria, ie healing sores and wounds.
Like most herbs average employment rate, the best way to use it as an infusion. The recommended ratio is three parts per hundred of water grass. This infusion is taken two or three times daily after meals. It can be used externally as a wash.
HABITAT: Limestone soils
PART USED: Shoots with leaves and flowers
CASTILIAN: Asperón, asprilla
CATALAN: Herbeta de la sang
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