The use of medicinal plants and herbs to treat and prevent diseases is an ancient practice. One of the first historical records about this practice is a text called “Materia Medica”, written in the first century by the Greek physician Dioscorides.

There are many varieties of plants that can help cure certain health conditions, including curly coot.

Crisp carqueja characteristics

Curly carqueja, scientific name Baccharis crispa , is a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family, being also known by other names, such as carquejilla, carqueija and chirca melosa. The active principles of curly carqueja include flavonoids, dimethoxyflavones, essential oils, hautriwaic acid, among others.

Although the medicinal use of plants is as old as the history of mankind, it was only in the 17th century that chemists discovered that the therapeutic action of plants was due to their active principles, which are a mixture of certain elements present in their leaves. , stems or roots.

Properties and benefits

Among the medicinal properties of curly carqueja are its aphrodisiac, antibacterial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antiviral, colagoga, digestive, diuretic and anthelmintic action.

Thanks to its properties, this plant can help in the treatment of various health conditions, such as: abscesses, anemia, gallstones, liver cirrhosis, cholesterol, biliary colic, impaired blood circulation, diabetes, diarrhea, jaundice, urinary tract inflammation , gallstones, high blood pressure, male impotence, urticaria and kidneys.

How to prepare curly carqueja tea?

To prepare the curly carqueja infusion, just add 10 g of the aerial parts of the plant to a liter of water. The indication for consumption of this tea is 3 to 4 times a day. To use the plant as an antiseptic for wounds and ulcers, just prepare a decoction. For external use, add 10g of the plant parts to a liter of water and boil for 30 minutes.

Contraindications and care

The use of curly carqueja is contraindicated for pregnant women and hypotensive people. Remember that some plants can cause serious damage to the human body. Therefore, always consult a doctor before starting any natural treatment.