It is a perennial plant that dries out and dies at the end of summer and re-sprout in spring. In each strain sprouts a leafy stem that can reach eighty centimeters tall. Its leaves are narrow, oval-shaped, dark green color in the beam and paler on the underside.
The tarraguillo often reared in oak and pine forests. Can be found from Catalonia to the mountains of Andalusia, Aragon, Valencia, especially around the Mediterranean coast. Can be found in areas which are just a few meters from the sea or in areas up to 1,000 meters.
The flowers are at the top of the stems. They consist of a calyx that is divided into five sepals and a corolla with five petals white or pink.
The flowering season runs from May to tarraguillo June.
Harvesting is done with extreme care, since these plants have substances that can irritate the skin, making it necessary to use gloves or other protection higher, because sometimes the gloves are not sufficient to protect the skin. Are collected leaves and flowers are then stacked and dried in dark place, missing the scent of flowers, usually very pleasant.
Among its active ingredients is estragol, dipentene and other substances.
It is a plant widely used by pastors to facilitate delivery of livestock and also in humans.
Also used to cure indigestion, as it is considered one of the best liquors stomach. It's a good hypotensive, it is capable of lowering the blood pressure if taken for a few days each month.
It is used to regulate menstruation, but would prefer not to abuse in doses that are taken from this plant.
Infusion. It puts water on to boil and when boiling add a handful of tarraguillo. This preparation is used to regulate menstruation. Usually mixed with liquorice to make it more effective.
Liquor. Prepare a quart of brandy dry Galbula an odd number of juniper, an outbreak of tarraguillo, cinnamon, mint, a piece of root, a sprig of beatamaría and mix well in a bottle properly capped. It is left to macerate in the sun for nine days and then strained. If not very pleasant taste, you can add sugar. This preparation is used mainly after heavy meals or in case of indigestion. You take a drink after meals.
HABITAT: Forests little thick
FLOWERING: May, June and July
PART USED: Leaves and flowers
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