The oropesa is an herb that usually measures two to four feet high and lives over two years. The stem can reach a half inch on each side, since it has a square shape. It is covered with fine hair and upright.
The oropesa leaves are at ground level and are united in a rose. The leaf shape is oval. Both these as the corner that holds (which is quite strong) are covered by a cobweb-like layer. These leaves later become bracts.
The oropesa found in most of the Iberian Peninsula, mainly in highlands, hills and slopes on limestone soils.
The oropesa flowers during the months of June and July. The leaves get smaller, amounting to the top of the stem and lose their corner, becoming bracts around the stem. Between every two bracts are born six flowers grouped in threes. The cup has two lips, with the upper medial tooth rather small. The corolla is white and his upper lip is characteristic for having sickle-shaped.
This plant is very different from all of the same family, it differs in its branches, its roots and its leaves to those of the same species, making it difficult to confuse with other salvias.
The oropesa no odor and its taste is bitter. It mainly collects its root, but also can use other parts of the plant.
The oropesa is a plant that has not been investigated in depth, so that its composition is unknown.
It is considered as a great remedy for wounds and ulcers, as it is used for cleaning and for these breed a new skin. Mostly used in erosion-produced arms and legs.
In Castellón used this plant extract to combat hemorrhoids.
Historically, it has used its root, cooked and then drink, to heal the pain and heal rough side in her throat. Can also be combined with honey to increase their impact.
Cook. It is cooked in water the plant, but typically is used mainly to their roots. Allows you to clean and heal skin wounds.
Syrup. The root is boiled and used for the roughness in throat and chest problems.
HABITAT: Calcareous soils Foothills
FLOWERING: June and July
PART USED: Root
CASTILIAN: Etiope, vellosa
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