Small plant hardly survive more than a year and that does not lift more than two inches off the ground maintains a prone position on the vertical, with the large flower head.
Given its great view, its cultivation has spread in gardens, balconies ... But the problem it presents is something unpleasant odor given off by the whole plant.
The leaves are arranged alternately along the stem leaning and tend to have the serrated edge, with the upper somewhat fleshy and hairy.
The flowers come together in inflorescences about 5 centimeters in diameter, varying in color, sometimes yellow and orange, but go through all shades in between.
Under optimal conditions of light and especially humidity, flowering occurs throughout the year, but if lack moisture, only between June and August.
The collection of floral chapters takes place in July and August, when they are fully abiertos.La drying is complicated and should be in places with good aeration and very low humidity, until it completely dried out.
Once accomplished, shall be kept in containers that do not have petroleum components such as plastics
Used primarily as an emmenagogue, antispasmodic, choleretic and sudorific. It also has anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, antiseptic and healing properties. But today has not yet been able to relate their pharmacological properties with their composition.
As a non-toxic plant use has no problems of overdosing, so you can take in large amounts without problems.
Infusion. Ten grams of dried floral chapters in one liter of water, infuse for fifteen minutes of this preparation can take 500 milliliters per day. For menstrual pain, their use is recommended one week prior to the emergence of the rule.
Tincture. 1 to 2 grams a day, with a wealth of 1 gram of plant per 5 milliliters of alcohol at 90 degrees, can be applied both pure and diluted on the injury.
Fluid extract. 0.3 to 0.5 grams per day.
For use via external treatment of wounds, ulcers, acne, insect bites, irritations, superficial burns, use a decoction of 15 grams of dried floral chapters in one liter of water, applied as a lotion or compress on the treatment area.
FAMILY: Composite tubulifloras
FLOWERING: All year
PART USED: Chapters floral
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