The Asaro is one plant that we can find used in the treatment of some pathologies including bronchitis, whooping cough, bronchial asthma and rheumatism. It can also be useful in cases of hepatic inertia. Let's get to know its characteristics, the botanical and the therapeutic ones, in order to be ready to recognize it and use it, if and when we need it.
The scientific name of this plant is “Asarum europaeum”, More than a plant it is a herb, so let's not imagine a huge tree, and it is part of the Aristolochiaceae family. The places where it grows are typically humid deciduous woods or shady spaces in the Eurasia area, it is not a particularly widespread plant in our areas.
It is a perennial and evergreen herb, it has a tortuous and stoloniferous rhizome, of the very large leaves with a slightly leathery texture, in the upper part they are dark green with lighter and shinier shades, while in the lower part they are brownish.
Even during the winter the leaves of the asaro remain as they are, being an evergreen medicinal plant, it is during the spring that they are renewed and new ones appear, hanging from their delicate stems, showing off a bright green color. The moment of collection of leaves is summer.
Among the parts that are used for medicinal purposes of the Asaro, in addition to the leaves we also find the roots, characterized by particularly small dimensions and a color that tends to whitish. These rhizomes penetrate the soil tenaciously and succeed in develop in very different directions. We can find them dried on the market, in fact it is possible to eat them even if they do not have a particularly pleasant taste, more than anything else it is very strong and tends to sweetish. You may like it but not everyone, you can tolerate it if you know that you get a benefit.
To collect the roots and to use them in various ways, it is necessary to wait for the right period, that is the one that goes from spring to autumn
Among the substances that we find in Asaro we can mention as the most significant asarin, tannin, mucilage and resin. If the leaves and roots are distilled, the action is obtained, asarite, asarone and essential oil are obtained.
The asaro can have an efexpectorant, anti-sneezing, laxative, diaphoretic and emeto-cathartic effect. It is therefore very useful for our health, first of all it is known as a purge for the urinary system also as a substance capable of promoting the elimination of mucus and phlegm from the respiratory tract. However, it should be noted that if you take the extract of this medicinal herb orally, you can often experience severe bouts of nausea and vomiting.
Returning to useful and positive uses, we can combine asaro with substances like honey or goat's milk to obtain preparations that facilitate the purging of phlegm and the consequent purifying action also of the spleen and liver. Used in these ways, we can in effect consider it an excellent natural remedy for dropsy and jaundice as it is able to act positively on inflammation and infections that may occur in the body.
Another way to use the asaro is to boil it in order to obtain a remedy for flu syndromes medium or mild. In this case it is very important not to act thoughtlessly but to be vigilant so that the infusion times are respected. It is not to be a perfectionist, God forbid, but to avoid evaporating the active ingredients of the plant, those that make it useful and effective.
Everyone is free to choose i remedies that most people prefer it almost automatically chooses to take those suggested by traditional medicine without even taking into consideration the homeopathic ones which on some occasions can be particularly unique. It cannot be said that there is a general rule to follow in this regard, it is very important to always act after having consulted your doctor and never acting on your own without even a consultation. In some situations i homeopathic remedies alone they are not sufficient to improve our state of health but in other situations they can constitute a valid alternative or a complementary cure to those suggested by modern medicine.
In the case of the asaro roots we are dealing with a sweet and delicate remedy, useful for the prevention of health problems such as tumors, ulcers or fistulas on the body.
Always the roots, boiled in water, can also be used for external use, cold, on the surface of the scalp. They have the property of relaxing tissues and improving cerebral balance, thus favoring the maintenance of a good memory even in old age.
We have already reported that the leaves of this and its roots can cause vomiting. It is therefore necessary to use it cautiously but this aspect can also be turned in our favor, it can be useful, in fact, in case of poisonous bites or stings because it allows us to expel toxins from the body. This effect can be amplified if you combine asaro with molasses.
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