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Castilian: Heather.

English: Heather.

French: Bruyère.

From the family of Ericaceae.

Diuretic, antiputrefactive against bladder infections, clarifies cloudy urine.

The flowers produce a nectar highly sought after by bees, and it is rare to see a flowering heather kills without any of these insects. The quality of honey heather is comparable to that of rosemary.

Rama heather and detail of a flower. This little bush height is everywhere, even at high altitudes, except the limestone terrain.

Heather infusions are prepared by decoction of fifty grams of twigs flowery per liter of water, and takes three cups a day to relieve urinary disorders.

This plant is abundant in the area, and is used in gardening (land of heather) as organic fertilizer. Is obtained from the remains of decaying plants that are covering the ground. Even the roots are usable: pipes are manufactured with them.

FEATURES: Mata who rose no more than an inch of soil, although at times can reach one meter. His crooked stem is wrapped with tiny leaves, which are also available in opposing bouquets, each with four rows of leaves. The flowers are a few bouquets at the ends of the stems. Pink - violet, as are some bells hanging very showy. Sometimes heather invaded large areas of rough terrain and gives the impression of being a garden cultivated by the beauty that offers a whole when in flower. Flowering is in summer in cold areas, while in temperate zones is delayed until the autumn. It is estimated that a killing can live up to 40 years. In some parts it is called brecina.

LOCATION: Virtually everywhere, in the woods, in the plain, in the hills, the rocks. It has been found on the mountain at 2, 500 m. Just difficulties in the limestone terrain.

ACTIVE: It has isolated more than a dozen compounds that could exert any pharmacological action on the body; of them include citric acid, the glycosides, tannins, starch and a substance that ', gives its characteristic odor.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: This plant is, above all, diuretic and antiseptic, so it is indicated in the inflammation of the bladder. Its content makes astringent tannins.

COLLECTING: According to the area, and depending on flowering, must be cut twigs with flowers when they are already completely open and have not yet withered.

USES AND APPLICATIONS: In general, is used in decoction: are boiled for 15 minutes about 50 grams of sprigs fresh flowers in a liter of water, passing through the sieve and tirne taken to a drink that implied (one after every meal) can remedy kidney disorders. You can also let the plant dry out once caught and used in infusion or tea (remember that the first infusion boiled water then add the herb and withdrew the container - fire) sweetened with honey or sugar.


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