It is a shrub that can be over five feet tall and it is very demanding when choosing a spot for growth.
It forms a rosette on the ground that part of a long and robust light green stem that has clear lines and a long cord on the inside. The branches grow in pods, which leaves later become as sharp and highly branched.
The fruit is very small, elongated and slightly curved, measuring at its longest four millimeters and gives off a pleasant smell of anise.
Flowering occurs from June, preparing showy flowers in umbels of up to thirty spokes, formed by small yellow flowers.
In July appeared the first fruits acquire a yellow color as they mature, at which time proceeds to their collection.
They are kept in glass containers protected from light.
In high doses can cause seizures.
The leaves are essential in small proportions, which gives essentially carminative properties, eupeptic, spasmolytic, producing milk secretion and expectorant.
It has anti-inflammatory properties in external use. The leaves are also used to heal sores and wounds.
The root is a diuretic, which promotes the elimination of fluids, using mostly in cases of cystitis.
Decoction. Prepare a quart of boiling water with the addition of twenty grams of sliced root, is two minutes' boiling point, and once removed from the heat source is allowed to sit for ten minutes in contact with this water can be taken two cups a day.
Root powder. It may take four to six grams of this powder a day.
Infusion of fruits. Prepare a bowl of freshly boiled water and still hot, add 20 grams of fruit and let it rest for ten minutes. Used as a carminative after meals.
Powder of the fruit. Dosed three grams a day out in the form of capsules of a gram. Used as a carminative.
Infusion of leaves. He made the traditional preparation of the infusion in one liter of water with 25 grams of leaves is given after the meal and is successful as a tonic and digestive.
Poultices of fresh leaves. Used as galactógena and vulnerary in sores and open wounds.
Popularly used this plant has been completed preparing a decoction of 20 grams per liter of ground water. It was thought that performed in the external ear abnormalities, even as a remedy for deafness by sprays directed on the ear canal, but has subsequently been shown that this does not get the desired results, so its use in these cases has been terminated.
PART USED: Fruit, root and leaves
Fort Carminative, Moderate inflammatory, Mild Expectorant.
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