It is a perennial that reaches 1 meter high or more. The leaves are spread around the stem, are oval and have no hair over the top but often have a very soft layer on the underside. Each piece comes accompanied by a much smaller, and between the two flowers are born in groups of 3 or 4.
It is a plant that can not stand cold. It breeds mostly in the southern coasts and in the Levant and it becomes difficult to find in the northern peninsula. He takes refuge from the cold at the feet of walls, ruins and hedgerows, mostly near villages.
As found in warm regions, can bloom almost year round. However, it is considered that starts flowering in the autumn.
The flowers are pale yellow, the calyx is bell-shaped with five teeth on the end, the corolla is larger than the calyx, although the latter bloom very enlarged, keeping inside the fruit, a berry size pea-red.
In many places require replanting each year the plant because it can not withstand the cold of winter and dies before the fruit to mature.
In principle one could say that is not very clear physiological activity exerted by this plant substances that form in the human body. However, India is widely used as a narcotic to great effect. It is also considered a good remedy for rheumatism.
The root of this plant gives it its power as a sleep aid. The fruit excites and provokes urination, so it is used in case of dropsy.
Can also be used to relieve toothaches, and in some cases has come to apply in their eyes to strengthen sight.
The leaves can be used to cure ulcers, in the event that these are sordid and putrid as in carcinoma.
Despite all these applications, non-doctors should not use this plant because it can cause problems if not used correctly.
Decoction. Have to heat water in a container with a handful of the plant for five minutes waiting for it to cool and then slip the remains of the plant. It is a great relief for toothache.
Juice. Prepare a juice from the root of the plant and mixed with honey is then applied over the eyes to strengthen sight.
Infusion. Boil water Oroval roots, is left to cool and taken as a sleep aid at bedtime.
HABITAT: Levant, southern Spain and the Balearic Islands
PART USED: Root, stem and leaf
CASTILIAN: Orvale, hierba mora mayor
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