levísticolevisticum officinale

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levísticolevisticum officinale
Other Names:

Celery Monte, Legústico, Parsley Wild.

It's like a big wild celery, with interesting culinary and medicinal applications. In central Europe it is used as a condiment its roots crushed, because its flavor is similar to that of pepper. The hollow stems are used as straws to suck hot liquid in the event of a cold.

Habitat: originating in the countries bordering the western Mediterranean, has been widely grown throughout Europe and in some regions of America. In Spain is in the Pyrenees.

Description: perennial plant of the family of Umbelíferas, which reaches 1 - 2 meters high. Stem robust but hollow. Its flowers are yellow or greenish, and are arranged in terminal umbels.

Used parts: the root in spring, leaves and seeds in early autumn.

Properties and indications: the root contains an essential oil, coumarin, starch, tannin and vitamin C. It is a good diuretic and tonic stomach; facilitates digestion when there is a shortage of gastric juice, as with chronic gastritis and digestive slack. The leaves have the same properties, though with less intensity. The seeds are carmine (remove intestinal gas) and emenagogas (increased menstrual flow) as all plants of the family of Umbelíferas.

Use: as a condiment: the leaves and / or root powder. Following in infusion of 20 grams per liter of water, a cup after each meal. Infuse the leaves with 30 grams per liter of water, a cup after meals. In infusion of seeds with 30 grams per liter of water, take 2 or 3 cups a day.

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