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Other Names:

Beldroaga, Mattress Child, Flower Eleven, Flower Day, Lega, porcelain, Portulaca, Tarfela.

He cultivated formerly like vegetable salad, although today some farmers consider a weed. Its medicinal applications, however, still persist.

Habitat: sandy land near rivers or old crops across Europe. Very common in the American continent.

Description: annual plant of the family of Portulacáceas, crawling, thick and juicy stems. The leaves are small, oval, fleshy whitish and the underside. The flowers are small and yellow.

Used parts: the fresh leaves and stems.

Properties and indications: The entire plant contains abundant mucilages, who are beginning their most important asset, and conferred upon him emollient properties, anti - inflammatory and laxatives. Also has vitamin C, which makes antiscorbutic. Presents depurativas and diuretic properties, but are not familiar with the active ingredient responsible for them. It applies in cases of chronic constipation. As a diuretic and purifying it is highly recommended in cases of obesity or overloaded power. For its softening and anti - inflammatory action, is useful in cystitis and urinary calculi. Externally it is used in catalytic plasma in case of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) and conjunctivitis, urethritis, urolithiasis, edema, colds, bronchitis, gastroenteritis, diabetes, intestinal parasitosis.

In topical use: gingivitis, stomatitis, boils, abscesses, rheumatism, wounds, cracks on the lips, conjunctivitis.

Use: as a vegetable salad, aligned with salt, oil and lemon. In decoction: 100 gm. from fresh plant per liter of water up to 5 cups a day.

Externally, in cataplasms of the plant fresh crushed.

Active Principles.

Mucilages, saponosides, vitamin C, abundant mineral salts (highlighting their high in oxalates: 9. 3%)

Drug Action.

Popularly used as a laxative, diuretic, demulcent, hypoglycemic, and anti anafrodisíaco.


Oxalic lithiasis.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Use a food (fresh plant) In the salad, wash thoroughly after the leaves.

Infusion: One tablespoon per cup dessert. 2 - 3 times a day, after meals.


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Mulet, L. Ethnobotanical survey of the province of Castellon. Castellon: Provincial, 1991, p. 349.

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Peris, JB; Stübing, G; Figuerola, R. Guide to Medicinal Plants of Valencia. Valencia: Las Provincias, 1996, p. 253.

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Villar, L; Palacín, JM; Calvo, C. Gomez, D; Montserrat, G. Medicinal Plants of the Aragonese Pyrenees and other land Huesca. 2. Huesca: Provincial, 1992, p. 267.

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