The gold pinillo kills is a little too stiff and well-branched, thin crust that breaks and falls off easily revealing a new inner bark of cinnamon. At the top of the mat completely covered branches grow some leaves very small and close to each other. These branches closely resemble the leaves of the heather. On the tip of these branches a flower is born alone, accompanied by other flowers on the sides, forming a colorful bouquets.
One grows in crevices of limestone cliffs of the south and east of Spain, but also is spread through other areas of our geography.
San Juan Flowers past and continues well into August. Is harvested for medicinal use the whole plant, including roots. The best time for collecting them is in June, when the plant is about to bloom. It is at this time can best exploit its properties.
The gold pinillo name is undoubtedly due to the shape of their leaves, linear and approximate, as if they were miniature pine needles. It was originally called Pinello, to be renamed later as we know it today.
The composition of this plant is completely unknown. If you began using as a medicinal remedy was not been discovered in her miraculous substances but by their lifestyle. It is a plant that lives among rocks and appears to have the strength to open cracks in the rock and make them their roots. This peculiarity did our ancestors think that their "power" over the rocks would possibly even more marked on the stones that form inside the body, what was once called as "bad stone". Hence came their first job. He was later attributed other properties such as acting effectively in the healing of sores and wounds, which has some sedative action and, finally, which has a colagoga action, ie, stimulates the flow of bile from the bile duct to duodenum. But actually pinillo gold properties are not very intense. Thus, it is better to use another plant of the same family, hypericum, better known and more pronounced virtues.
cooking. It is usually used in the form of decoction by boiling a handful of the plant in 1 l. Water. He recommends taking two to five cups a day.
HABITAT: Calcareous rock crevices Levante
FLOWERING: June, July and August
PART USED: Whole plant
CASTILIAN: Corazón de peña
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