agaveagave americana

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agaveagave americana
Other Names:

Azaba, Cabuya, Calamaco, Caraguatá, chaguar, Champage Blue Chuchau, Cocu, CUCUISA, Henequen, Mezcal, Penca, Pita.

It was known more than 150 species of agave, very similar in appearance and its properties, scattered throughout Mexico and Central America who were employed by the ancient Aztecs for medicinal purposes. They were introduced in Spain in the sixteenth century, and spread quickly along the Mediterranean coast. Agave and similar species, you get a fiber with which strings are produced. The fleshy leaves of some species of agave that are grown in Mexico, produce a sugary sap or juice, known as mead. Since it was developed several highly toxic liquor by its high alcohol content, such as pulque, the tequila and mezcal.

Habitat: originating in Central America, own land and semi - high. Widely grown in the valley of Oaxaca (Mexico) He is a naturalized in the Mediterranean countries, especially in parks and gardens.

Description: plant of the family of Amarilidáceas, which is notable for its great ribs or basal leaves (one meter or more in length) fleshy, finished edge, and with the thorny edges. The flowers are gathered together in a central stalk up to 6 meters in height.

Used parts: the roots, leaves and sap.

Properties and indications: all plants of the genus Agave contain steroidal glycosides, among them the hecogenina, as well as saponins. They must, the root and leaves, its diuretic effect and depurative of blood, so it is used with good results in cases of edema and fluid retention.

In Mexico and Central American countries, the agave is used traditionally in infectious diseases, digestive disorders, and in cases of jaundice and hepatitis.

Externally, the juice or sap flowing from the stalk is vulnerary and healing. Compresses applied in bruises and wounds on the skin.

Use: infuse with 30 grams of dried leaves or root crushed in a liter of water, which consume 3 or 4 cups a day sweetened with honey.

Externally, in towels with the juice or sap of leaves, which are applied over the area of affected skin.

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