Melissa wild can be measured from 25 to 50 cm tall. The strain takes many years but the rest of the new plant sprouts each spring. The stems grow very erect, the leaves join them through a stem and are oval-shaped. They are not very numerous. The stem and lower leaf surfaces are covered with hair.
You can find this plant in the northern half of the country, from Galicia to the Pyrenees, through the Cantabrian mountain range.
It breeds in beech and oak forests that are not too thick and allows the passage of the sun.
The time of flowering and harvesting begins in May and lasts until late July. The flowers are pink and red on occasion also. They arise in pairs in the axils of the plant, have a cup too wide compared to the size of the corolla and its odor is not pleasant.
The whole plant is harvested throughout the year, but preferably in the months of May and June, coinciding with the flowering season when the plant components are most active. To preserve the plant for a long time is necessary Dried exposed to the sun and is dry when stored in airtight glass jars. It is stored in places where there is high humidity.
The smell is so characteristic of this plant was given after coumarin.
It is mainly used to cure all kinds of sores and wounds.
It was once widely used as a home remedy, was applied to purify the blood and is also often used as a diuretic.
It has now been replaced by other plants that have the same properties but are much more active, although in some places is still used, especially in folk medicine.
Infusion. It makes 1 liter of water to boil. When it begins to boil, add 30 gr. Of the plant. Slip all the debris and put the liquid at room temperate in gauze. Used to cleanse and heal wounds, sold with this preparation.
cooking. They get 10 gr. Plant in half a liter of water. It puts everything to warm up and then wash.
You add sugar if the taste is not very nice and they take two cups a day to use as a diuretic.
HABITAT: In northern Iraq
PART USED: Whole plant
CASTILIAN: Toronjil de monte
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