Properties of Field eryngo
Eryngium campestre L.
PROPERTIES OF FIELD ERYNGO
Common noun: Field eryngo
Scientific noun: Eryngium campestre L.
Family. Carrot family - Umbelliferae
Habitat: By the side of the paths and dry grasslands.
Characteristics of Field eryngo
Perennial plant of the Carrot family - Umbelliferae- up to 70 cm. Erect stems, grayish green. Pinnate leaves, divided in 3 lobes; lower leaves petiolated; upper ones sessile. Flowers in corymbs, bluish, with bracts longer than them.
Picking-up and storing Field eryngo: Its leaves should always be eaten up fresh. As for the root it should be picked up from summer to autumn. They should dried off and stored in a fresh place.
Composition: Active components of Field eryngo
- Caffeic acid
- Monoterpene Glycosides
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF FIELD ERYNGO
INTERNAL USE REMEDIES WITH FIELD ERYNGO
- Depurative: It purifies the blood and combats the inflammations that affect the urinary tracts (stones, painful micturitions, uretritis, chronic prostatitis, etc.) or those of the circulatory apparatus (albuminuria, icterus, etc.) (15 tincture drops three times a day)
- Diuretic plant: It favours the elimination of corporal liquids, by making the kidneys overwork, being very appropriate in cases of dropsy, obesity, rheumatic and heart illnesses that associate with the accumulation of water in the body.
- Expectorant: It acts on the mucous of the lungs, favoring the expectoration in cases of cold or flu and avoiding the spasms. (The treatment seen before can be suitable to such an end)
- Diaphoretic: It stimulates the sudation, reason why it favors the diuresis and helps to eliminate toxins of the body. (Decoction of the root)
EXTERNAL USE PREPARATIONS WITH FIELD ERYNGO
- Skin sores and corporal pains: There is an opinion in certain Mediterranean areas that this plant acts against the corporal pains and skin sores. A lot of people of the field used to take a small branch with themselves because, as they believe, the plant acted as an analgesic against the corporal pains, avoiding the appearance of blisters in those areas of the skin where a friction with the clothes took place.
This opinion, which has not been proved, seems not to have foundation, especially for the fact that those who maintained it thought that it was not necessary that the plant entered in direct contact with the skin.
Another uses of Field eryngo
- Food: Edible plant. It is a plant whose tender leaves can be eaten up in salads, combined with others with similar effects, as the dandelion, the cress, the parsley, etc. The root can be eaten candied.
Toxicity of Field eryngo
There are not studies that point out their possible toxicity. However, in case of abuse, because of its diuretic and diaphoretic properties, it could produce an unbalance of the blood pressure, by decreasing it too much.
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