perennial herbaceous plant with very few rhizomes and erect stems branching upward and topped by the apex in
panicle of very showy
flowers. The plant
slight odor and
taste honey, which is more intense in the flowers than elsewhere. This grass is so
throughout Europe and Asia are particularly abundant in
, forests bit thick, slopes and edges of fields. The name of cuajaleches is due to the property that
to coagulate the milk proteins.
blooms in June; in certain areas is said to be precisely on the day of San Juan (June 24) when flowering reaches its maximum splendor. Legend or not, the fact is that when blossoms filled the
color that is usually maintained throughout the
. In medicine uses the flowering tops, which are cut when they are in full bloom, then left to dry in
well ventilated and it does not matter too much to get the sun. If the drying process takes place in drier, it should not exceed 45 º
Appetizer diuretic Astringent.
The flowering tops.
galiosina. Flavonoids: isorrutina, palustrine, cooking. Heterósidos iridoideos: Asperulo, spelled, monotropitósido. Traces of coumarin: furomolugina. Tannins.
Plant little studied
widely popular use. The following are attributed pharmacological actions: appetizer, spasmolytic, antigastrálgico, diuretic, "cleanse", galactógeno, astringent (
) in topical use.
States that require an increase in urine output:
, oliguria, urolithiasis) hiperazotemia, hyperuricemia, gout, high blood pressure, edema,
accompanied by fluid retention.
, breastfeeding, injured.
Infusion. It takes
good handful of fresh plant, increasing the amount in the event that is already dry, add up to
of boiling water. Once cold or pouring, you can drink as they want. Will be achieved and
rapid diuretic effect. Decoction. Are prepared 50g. of flowering tops and added to
of water. Maintain infuse for 3 - 4 minutes. Once cold, can be applied in the form of baths or compresses on wounds, ulcers and rashes. Its use as cuajaleches. It is not clear, and today have better prepared to coagulate the milk
, so this plant is no longer used.
Galenica forms / Dosage.
30 to 50 g / l, three cups
50 g / l, boil 3 minutes, apply in the form of compresses or baths.
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