Al Hoceima

alhucema lavandula latifolia

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Al Hoceima
alhucema lavandula latifolia
It is a weed belonging to the family of the lips, often confused with another plant of the same genus: the Spica Lavandula (lavender) In fact, it is of 2 different species, but in some areas of Spain is attributed to the female and male Lavandula Spica to the Lavandula latifolia.

In any case, the Alhucema is unlike any other species by the stem and high - Ramos and the broad leaves and whitish. In addition, the aroma that dismisses this plant is not as nice as that of lavender. One grows on the slopes of hills and lowland, between the bushes and forests in the not too lush.

In flowering also easy to distinguish from lavender, as it does a month later, with the heat of July. Even so, in areas where these 2 species coexist, they are mixing the two plants that are differentiated by their essence and are of lower quality than the extracted from the lavender. For this reason, to get any of these 2 plants in a pure state, it is necessary to plant them well away from each other. From the collection of this plant interested in the flowering tops that are collected when the flower is fully open. The flowers understood recommend starting early in the morning on sunny days and then dry them. Subsequently should be stored in airtight bags or jars.

As we have said, the essence of fine Alhucema is much less than the lavender because it is composed mainly of camphor, borneol, Terpinol and cineol. That essence properties antispasmodic, antiseptic and stimulants in general, and recommended in cases of fatigue, enterocolitis, gastrointestinal spasm and external use as an antiseptic in skin infections and minor injuries. We must remember that the essences can produce, at least, irritation of mucous membranes, allergic reactions and, in high doses, headache, nausea, vomiting and drowsiness; why should seek advice from personal physician.

Infusion: This is prepared with a dose equivalent to a small spoonful of dessert for every cup of boiling water. They can take up to 3 cups a day.

Essence: From 2 to 4 drops administered on a sugar cube or in encapsulated form.

External use: Both infusion in the form of washes or towels or using the substance in alcoholic solution, for the same purpose.

Stimulating. Antiseptic. Antispasmodic.

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