Egyptians, Israelites and Greeks, it took much appreciation for their medicinal properties. In the Modern Age, their virtues were exaggerated to the point that Hetodt,
physician of the seventeenth century, as recommended for all ills, from toothache to the plague. Nowadays it is used more as
condiment than as
remedy. It is the most expensive spice of all known.
grows in Mediterranean countries. Spain is
leading producer of the world. It is also cultivated in some Latin
bulbous plant of the
of Iridáceas of 10 - 15 cm. tall, which gives
beautiful lilac - colored flowers. At the center of
there are 3
stigmas of the
is obtained from
Properties and indications:
coloring (crocina) and an
digestive properties, snacks and
. In addition, it is emenagogo and can relieve
pain. Externally concentrated infusion is used to rub his gums of
and alleviate the discomfort of teething own.
make an infusion with some snipped
per cup of water. Be sweetened with honey, molasses (sugar cane honey) or
sugar. To use externally, using
concentrated infusion to be prepared with the amount of
enough so that water acquires
The crocina (
marked effect lipid; the picrocrocósido is
substance, with action and aperitive eupéptica. The
is also stimulating the
, and emenagogo, via outsourcing, calm the pain and
gums. For its
oil, is Carminative, spasmolytic and eupéptico.
, particularly dust and concentrated extracts.
Do not prescribe dosage forms with
under two years or consultants in the process of
Caution / Poisoning.
At very high doses can be emetic,
and produce dizziness and severe
. Lethal dose for adults = 20 g. cases of poisoning come mostly from its use as an abortifacient)
Take into account the
content of the fluid extract and tincture.
Galenica forms / Dosage.
Using food as
2 g / l. One to three cups
200 - 300 mg / day, as eupéptico - Carminative; 0. 50 to 1 g per day, as emenagogo.
Fluid extract (1:
1) 5 - 10 drops once or twice
10) 20 - 40 drops three times daily, as
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