Aragon tea is a small shrub, classified within the family Compositae tubulifloras. Form a robust woody vine that develops year after year without stretching too much check every spring new shoots reddish and covered with three different kinds of hair. The leaves are lanceolate, without corners, edges and covered entire hair too. At the end of the stems are born different heads surrounded by flakes, with yellow flowers. The leaves of this plant are aromatic and slightly bitter taste.
One grows in crevices of limestone rocks, along the Pyrenees, Sierra Nevada and generally distributed throughout the peninsula.
As a plant that can be found at different heights above sea level, its flowering varies greatly. In the most serious early bird, do so in June, later than the last bloom in late August. Interested harvesting the aerial parts: better collecting it before the florets open. Sumidad should be cut flower, taking care to leave the plant to the bottom of the stems, so it can be renewed next year. Always avoid starting the plant rennet (as many) because in this way in the end would become extinct.
The composition of this plant is not fully known, it is clear that contains an essence, but little more is what we mean. What does seem clear is that their use is widespread throughout Catalonia and Aragon, where the stomach and used as a tonic against stomach ailments. In these areas, especially in some villages, "he prefers the traditional tea, and no wonder that some stranger asks you to serve tea and tea Aragon-best in the world, they say. In short, this is one of many stomach infusions that exist today. In antiquity was not known and therefore not included in the first treatises on medicine. The reason is that this plant is found only in Western countries of the Mediterranean.
There is another kind of the same genus, usually found in the same places as the tea of Aragon, but unlike the latter, does not dwell in the crevices of calcareous rocks, but on slopes and hills rich in clay. In addition, tea is distinguished from the rock on which the flowers are different and the strain is higher and thicker.
Infusion. The infusion is prepared like a normal tea is involved. With a small branch just to make a cup. It is usually sweetened with honey or sugar. In case of indigestion, stomach pain, indigestion, etc.., We usually take a cup after each meal. But this dose may be increased if necessary.
FAMILY: Composite tubulifloras
HABITAT: In crevices of limestone hills
PART USED: Aerial part
CASTILIAN: Té de roca
CATALAN: Te roquer
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