The herb St. Peter is an annual or biennial herbaceous plant belonging to the family of the Primulaceae, with its hairy stem, branched, which are inserted in alternate leaves, its flowers are raised in pairs, due to the presence of long stalks . The most striking feature of this herb is the unpleasant odor given off when squeezing any part of the plant. There are two varieties of this plant, both as medicinal use.
It breeds throughout the Pyrenees, especially meadows.
The herb flowers from April, and even earlier in certain geographical areas. Interesting collection of both the rhizome and root as the flowers and leaves. To collect it is advisable to wait for the moment of maximum flowering. It is important to carry gloves because the juice of the plant is vesicant. Once collected, it is left in the shade, in well-ventilated place or drier, with a maximum temperature of 35 grados CelsiusC. Subsequently stored in airtight jars.
The herb St. Peter contains tannins in high concentration, up to 38%. Additionally, we found an essential oil, a bitter principle and a few organic acids such as malic or citric acid. However, this composition is to be confirmed, since the data that are available are not very reliable. Tannins give the plant an astringent, hemostatic, diuretic and antirheumatic. From these properties particularly benefits children's medicine, it is not irritating or unpleasant tastes. For its soothing effect has applications in treatment related to the airways. In moderate doses has some analgesic effect. Finally, it is important to note that the essence of this plant, like any other substance should not be used in high doses because it can cause nerve disorders or allergic phenomena.
Decoction. For inflammation of the mouth and throat. Boil 60 g. Grass leaves in 1 l. Water, filter the liquid and sweetened to taste of each. With the mix are gargle 3 or 4 times a day.
Herb tea. For gargling or applying directly to skin wounds. This is poured 1 / 4 l. Of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of grass is allowed to cool, strained and drunk a cup 2 times a day.
Pharmacy can be found in simple presentations of the grass,
both the essential oil
as the fluid extract. There is also a compound presentation.
HABITAT: Pyrenean meadows
PART USED: Rhizome, root, flower and leaf
CASTILIAN: Hierba de Pedro
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