True to its scientific name, is a perennial plant that survives and returns to bloom year after year. It is located in humid areas - especially accompanied by large amounts of grass and is very easy to find. The leaves are at ground level and start all from the same point of the stem, resulting in a radial configuration. The leaves appear in great numbers, are so close and they move away from the stem thickens its width, hence its spoon-shaped feature, though lacking the curvature of it.
Flowers in early spring and this state can extend throughout the summer, depending mainly on the habitat where it is, more favorable the more moisture there is in the vicinity.
From the center of the plant emerges a short stalk about 15 inches high which supports what is commonly known as Daisy, and is not nothing but a flower head with the central flowers of yellow and those in the extreme-with ligules - white. The fruit it provides, unlike other composites, no pappus.
Contains saponosides, resin and mucilage, which give a significant antitussive action, being equally important to its expectorant action.
It also has tannin, polyacetylene derivatives, organic acids and bitter principles responsible for their actions diuretic sudorific and vulneraria.
For antitussive properties is used in cases of bronchitis, is also used externally to treat wounds, sores and boils.
Administered orally, is used as a diuretic, is effective in treating and even elimination of edema.
It is thought that may have a slight hemolytic action, while not yet determined the substance that causes this action.
Also there has been a substance which stains yellow dye called Anthoxanthin.
Infusion. He added five grams of the aerial parts of this plant to 300 milliliters of water previously boiled and will be removed from the fire to proceed in this way to the extraction of active ingredients plant. Thanks to the heat that conserves water, this is done satisfactorily, leaving the plant in contact with the hot water for at least ten minutes. Then he makes a filtering is achieved with a liquid that can take up to three times daily, preferably after meals.
FAMILY: Composite tubulifloras
HABITAT: Wet meadows
FLOWERING: Spring and summer
PART USED: Aerial parts
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