Glasses grass is an annual plant belonging to the family of crucifers. Rarely reaches a great height, especially if the current year has not been much rain. The stem has it right, with the leaves crowded at the base, like a rosette and a few scattered along the stem. These sheets are contained elongated, forming undulating edges and some scattered hairs on upper and undersides. The flowers are collected in a terminal and each flower bouquet is supported by a belaying pin. The fruit is large and broad, with a figure of glasses.
It breeds between the crops, in vineyards, olive groves, fallow, etc.., Distributed mainly in the southern half of the peninsula.
The grass in the glasses flowers when spring comes, from April. Collection for therapeutic interest throughout the plant, which should be collected when you are about to bloom or at the latest new florida, because when the plant throws the fruit loses all its virtues. These little tricks collection are very important, because a plant with excellent virtues can become worthless if not followed certain rules. Once collected should be put out to dry in the shade or drying, preferably at temperatures below 30 grados CelsiusC. Finally is stored in bottles very dry and away from light.
The composition of this herb is totally unknown. The reason that our ancestors would notice she was the odd shape of its fruits, resembling a pair of glasses from the front. Later it was discovered that the tea made from the herb had some diuretic properties. It also found that antiedematous owned property, no doubt related to his virtue diuretic. He was not aware of any other property, nor is it known for certain if it is still used.
The leaves have a grassy flavor, like the stem, the latter perhaps a little bitter.
Infusion. It is prepared from the whole plant, previously dried and chopped. As this is a nonpoisonous plant, the dose can be calculated using the eye. It adds a handful of the herb to a quart of boiling water and let cool slightly. Then you can sweeten to taste of each.
PART USED: Whole plant
CASTILIAN: Anteojera, anteojos
CATALAN: Herba de les llunetes
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