The loosestrife is a herbaceous perennial of the family of the Primulaceae. It has an erect stem, 70-100 cm. Tall, with leaves almost no corner, such enterprises generally have 3 to 3, but can also be found opposite or forming whorls of four or five leaves. The flowers are grouped in terminal clusters and the fruit is a capsule round and long. The whole plant is covered with a soft down.
One grows in damp through the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian mountain range. To the south its presence becomes increasingly scarce, to insignificance.
The loosestrife blooms in summer and-depending on where he continues blooming until almost come the fall. Exclusively interested harvest the leaves, which are collected and used fresh, as if allowed to dry lose some of its properties.
In the leaves of this herb have been found in relatively large quantities over primaverasa: This substance is very common in the family of the Primulaceae. The rest of the composition are poorly understood. Actually this plant was very popular in some countries, where virtues attributed to him almost miraculous, but, as with nearly all the remedies are fabulous-time charge of discrediting them and let them fall into oblivion. In fact, Spain was never too popular loosestrife and only transcended its astringent and healing effects. This virtue is partly astringent to primaverasa enzyme and partly to different components not yet well studied. What is certain is that the juice of the leaves, applied externally, blood flow stops within seconds, and applied in the form of enema or drink is great for dysentery. But it is an herb widely used in folk medicine, possibly for other species known to exist and the same virtues.
The name of loosestrife was received after its discoverer, King Lysimadro, knowing its astringent virtue for many years.
Not being a well known plant in our country, folk medicine knows many forms of administration. Only used the juice of the leaves extracted by the expression thereof, this juice can be applied directly on various bleeding, or to shape and manage pharmaceutical rectally in the form of enema, or orally as a syrup. In any case, before consuming it is best to consult with specialists to advise us on how best to exploit the virtues of this and any other plant.
HABITAT: Near water in the Cantabrian mountain range
PART USED: Sheets
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