The blessed herb, full name Geum urbanum, is a perennial herbaceous plant widespread in both marine and mountain areas, up to 1600 meters. It develops on roads, woods, walls, in cool and shady places. It is a very delicate plant, if treated strongly it breaks easily and even the flowers immediately lose their petals. It belongs to the Rosaceae family. It has a stem between 45 and 60 centimeters high. The leaves have a short petiole at the base, while in the upper part they are formed by three leaflets or by a single leaf that has three dividing lobes. The flowers are yellow with 5 petals, while the fruits are similar to dark red hooks. The blessed herb is commonly known by other names, such as Cariofillata, Garofanaia and wild Ambretta. The plant blooms in the warm months, between May and July. It can also be grown in the garden because it resists even difficult environmental conditions, even in case of low temperatures. However, it is advisable to ensure direct sun exposure and avoid dry and arid climates that the plant does not like at all. The blessed herb is known for both its medicinal properties and its culinary uses. The parts of the plant used are the leaves and the root. The latter has an aroma and smell similar to cloves. For medicinal purposes, the leaves are harvested in summer, while the roots are harvested in spring. For culinary uses, however, the tender leaves must always be harvested in the spring season. The parts of the plant, after harvesting, should be dried in the sun and stored in containers where air can pass through.
The roots and leaves of this plant contain glycosides, tannins and essential oils that give it digestive and astringent properties. The greatest concentration of active ingredients is found in the root which is the part used in phytotherapy, while the leaves have mainly a culinary use. The blessed herb also has emmenagogical effects, that is, capable of regulating menstruation. The active ingredients of the plant are in fact also used in case of uterine bleeding. Furthermore, the blessed herb not only stimulates digestion, but also the appetite. In fact it is also used in case of lack of appetite. The presence of tannins also gives it strong astringent properties that make it useful in case of chronic diarrhea. However, the overdose of blessed grass should be avoided because it could, instead, cause gastrointestinal problems. Other beneficial effects of the plant, in case of intestinal catarrhs and inflammation of the digestive tract. The blessed herb can also be used to relieve inflammation of the mouth, bad breath, toothache, fever and neuralgia.
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How to use
The blessed herb is used both in phytotherapy and in the kitchen. Starting from the latter use, it must be said that the tender leaves can be eaten in salads, mixing them with other herbs, or boiled. The dried root smells similar to that of cloves and is used to flavor various dishes or wines and spirits. The blessed herb is mainly used in the form of herbal tea. As an alternative to this plant, for the same effects, gentian can also be used. Both contain similar active ingredients, such as geine which in turn is similar to eugenol, the active ingredient in clove essential oil. This substance in high doses can cause nausea, diarrhea, fainting and tachycardia, which is why the blessed herb, or rather its herbal tea, should be used with balanced dosages that must always be prescribed by a herbalist doctor. The blessed herb can also be used for decoctions and tinctures. The herbal tea is prepared with the dried, cut and chopped root to which boiling water is added. It is left to infuse for a few minutes and then filtered as for any other herbal tea. The decoction always uses the same part of the plant that is boiled together with the water. In addition to internal use, the decoctions and herbal teas of blessed herbs can be used as mouthwashes to gargle in case of mouth inflammation, toothache and neuralgia. The blessed herb tincture is a vinous tincture or medicated wine, that is a very different preparation from hydroalcoholic ones, that is, in which the active ingredient is diluted in water and alcohol. The vinous tincture of blessed grass is prepared using as solvents, white or red wines with a good alcohol content. The ratio of the amount of weed should be one to twenty, so 5 grams of weed and 100ml of wine. The tincture thus obtained should be stored in dark glass bottles in a cool and dark place. The vinous tincture of blessed herb is consumed in teaspoons or small glasses of liqueur to be taken once or twice a day, before or after main meals and according to the dosage indicated by the doctor.
Blessed herb: Product costs
The already dried blessed herb can be found in organic food stores and in common pharmacies, parapharmacies and herbalists. Strangely, there are no e-commerce sites that sell this product directly online, but only herbalist sites that indicate the characteristics of this medicinal plant, without mentioning the price. So the only alternative to get to know him is to go to the nearest organic and herbal products shop.