This plant is called the perennial, and dies in autumn and spring revives. It does not reach great height and the leaves are piled at the base of the plant, leaving little in the stem. The flowers, small rise in the terminal branches and are characterized by having no corolla. This species is distinguished several varieties, differing in shape and hairiness of the leaves.
One grows in meadows and slopes of the Pyrenees mountain range in Aragon, sierra de Guadarrama and up high in the Sierra Nevada.
It blooms from May and the bloom lasts until June-July, depending on your geographic location. Collection of interest for therapeutic purposes leaves and aerial parts, these parts should be collected when the plant just vegetate in late summer or early in the fall.
According to numerous studies, the plant is rich in tannins. Also found relatively small amounts of salicylic acid, phytosterol, palmitic acid and stearic acid. It was thought that the composition of lady's mantle had a saponin, but this statement is in question now.
Thanks to the high concentration of tannins, this plant has the virtue of being very astringent and antidiarrheal. Salicylic acid, but is in no very high concentration, gives properties antipyretic, analgesic and antirheumatic. Therefore, a plant is indicated in cases of diarrhea, gout, obesity, rheumatism, flu and fever. Can also be used externally on sore throat, wounds, skin ulcers and eczema. In general, this plant is preferably used as antidiarrheal, as the concentration of salicylic acid is very low. Diarrhea is an increase of fluidity and usual number of bowel movements for each person. The causes can be highly variable intestinal infection, food poisoning, disruption of normal bowel function, and so on. The most immediate consequence is the loss of water and electrolytes, which can lead to significant imbalances in the body. The astringent substance use is necessary, but the first objective is to prevent diarrhea before dehydration and electrolyte loss. Therefore, we must not forget the importance of managing plenty of fluids with mineral salts. And finally to diarrhea, the first thing you should assess is who suffers: an infant, a toddler and an elderly are most likely to be affected by being particularly sensitive, hence, before administering any home remedies to these patients, should visit the doctor without delay.
cooking. Boil 30 to 60 gr. Plant in a liter of water. This tea should be taken as far as possible, or at least four good bowls a day, as well as benefit from it antidiarrheal effects and astringent, replenish fluids lost through repeated deposition.
For external use. To wash the sores and wounds a decoction is prepared more concentrated by boiling to 90 gr. Plant per liter of water.
HABITAT: Meadows in the Pyrenees
PART USED: Leaves and aerial parts
CATALAN: Pota de lleó
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