madroņo arbutus unedo

ALBOROCERA (madroņo arbutus unedo) - HIPERnatural.COM
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madroņo arbutus unedo
Other Names:

Alborocera, Albornio, the Strawberry Tree, drunkard, Bort, Naranjuelo.

It was already known by Dioscorides in the first century AD and by the Roman naturalist.

Pliny, who seems that he said, referring to him: "edo Unum" (I like one) from where it was born of unedo. The fruit can ferment in the tree and reach out to contain up to 0. 5% alcohol. Hence it from "drunkard", one of his Hispanic names.

Habitat: forests of oaks and low mountains of Mediterranean Europe. Known in some regions of Central and South America.

Description: evergreen shrub of 2 - 3 meters in height, the family of Ericaceae. Its flowers, white or green, bell - shaped, occur in bunches. The fruit is a berry - red when it has matured.

Used parts: fruit, leaves and bark.

Properties and indications: the fruits of the arbutus contain sugars, organic acids, tannin and pectin. They are astringent, and should not abuse them.

The leaves and bark of the tree possess up to 36% of tannin, which makes them very astringent, and arbutina, a glycoside that has antiseptic and anti - inflammatory action on the urinary tract. They are used to combat urinary tract infections, the cystitis, calculations and renal colic, as well as in cases of diarrhea and dysentery.

Use: fresh fruits consumed, or marmalade or jam. The ripe fruit of the arbutus can achieve a degree of alcohol, because the fermentation process can be started in the same tree. Therefore, and for their remarkable effect astringent, it should not take more than a handful fromarbutus a day. Decoction with the dried leaves and bark at a rate of 30 grams per liter of water. Are swallowed 2 or 3 cups per day in case of urinary tract ailments, and 4 or 5 in case of diarrhea.

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