Adiantum CAPILLUS-veneris

adiantum capillus-veneris l.

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Adiantum CAPILLUS-veneris
adiantum capillus-veneris l.
Other names:

Castilian: Culantrillo Well, adianto, cilantrillo, culantrillo Montpellier, culantrillo, capilera, arañuela.

Portuguese: adianto, Avenç, aivenca, Avenç - two - few, coentro - of - bit, capilária, capilária - of - Mompilher; colandrillo, capilaria, arañuela.

Italian: capelvenere, felcequercina.

French: capillaire.

English: maidenheair fern.

Dutch: venushaar.

German: venushaar, frauenhaar.

Ferns are characterized by a predominance of a large number of leaves, called fronds (because they are not true leaves) on the other anatomical elements. There are so showy that is used as an ornamental plant. The culantrillo, a fern, was known centuries before Christ: The Greeks already used to combat respiratory diseases and to the scalp.

Its Latin name, Adiantum, it means' not wet ', and alludes to the fact that, despite always live in wet land, next to The splashing water from the streams, its leaves always remain dry.

DESCRIPTION: The culantrillo wellhead is characterized by (some have fronds divided into small triangular lobes, which are bottom Spores. The stem is underground and as the result (as in all ferns) is called a rhizome and runs horizontally.

LOCATION: Lives in every corner with little light and lots of water, which prefer to receive in the form of droplets (splashing fountains, waterfalls, dripping leaks.

ACTIVE: It has a pleasant smell essence. It contains tannins and bitter substances.

Medicinal properties: The narrow stalk connecting the fronds of gold, have equated the culantrillo with the goddess Venus and it was attributed virtues associated, as the strengthening of the hair. Fighting cough and facilitate menstruation.

COLLECTING: Preferably after the summer, when the fronds are at their maximum expansion.

USES AND APPLICATIONS: Against cough, taking the fronds fresh, crushed in a mortar with a little water and sugar to produce a pasty consistency. This dough can also be used to treat animal bites applying it directly. It also prepares the boiling syrup fronds with little water and adding sugar, two cups of water by one. The teas are also effective. For ease of menstruation is often taken mixed with wine. The water from cooking has been used in massages to vitalize the hair and prevent its collapse, with the same purpose have also used the ash resulting from burning fronds. Wherever possible, it is desirable that the plant is fresh, because if it is left to dry you lose part of their active ingredients.

There remains an old belief that male fern spores mature on the eve of San Juan, and if at that moment is not to plant any male, they become sterile j and the spores fall to the ground. i.

Thanks to extract the enteric macho fern, used both in medicine and in veterinary medicine, the hooks and hold the head of the tapeworm (right) flow in and out of the intestine of its guests.


Polipodiáceas / filíceas.


Near streams, wells, caves and damp and gloomy.


Up to 40 cm.

Part used medicinally:

The whole plant.

Important components:



Bitter principles.

Gallic acid.

Essential oil in smaller amounts.

Therapeutic benefits:

Cough, fatigue.


It is a fern that owns properties and refreshing tonic and slightly astringent. Plant is very suitable for children because it has no toxic or side effects. Hence it can be used in the composition of the cough syrups for their effect Antitusivo.

Way to prepare:

In infusion.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Infusion: one teaspoon per cup dessert. Infuse for 20 - 30 minutes. Take three cups a day after meals.

Decoction to 2%: Preferably with anise, peppermint or licorice, to improve the taste.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 30 - 50 drops, two or three times a day.

Tincture (1: 10) 50 - 100 drops one to three times a day.

Syrup (15% extract fluid) 30 to 60 g / day. Especially suitable for children.


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