Prugnolo

Prugnolo

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Prunus Spinosa

Family: Rosaceae Shrub up to 1 to 3 m, dark gray bark and rich woody thorns; ivory flowers are small and very numerous, the fruit is a berry, round blue purple when ripe. It grows on sunny slopes and the edges of the paths of the mountainous regions throughout Europe, is naturalized in the Americas. Parts used: flowers and fruits (sloes). The blackthorn is not a unique medicinal plant, but its its properties are interesting and worth knowing how to exploit. The flowers contain amygdalin (a cyanogenic glycoside), derivatives of coumarin and flavonoglucosidi, which exert a laxative, diuretic and purifying. The laxative effect of the flowers is light but effective and is followed by action antispasmodic (relaxing) of the muscle that holds the large intestine: they are well recommended in functional constipation, which occurs in cases of irritable bowel syndrome. All the fruit (sloe or damson) contain tannin (responsible for the typical bitter taste), flavonoids, malic acid, sucrose, pectin, gum and vitamin C, unlike the flowers are astringent and therefore useful in diarrhea and simple decomposition intestinal fruits are also eupeptic (stimulate the digestive processes), appetizers and toning the body in general. The consumption of fruits causes an increase in appetite and a feeling refreshing and invigorating, can be eaten fresh, cooked or as a syrup. Sloe of the cooking liquid can be used to make effective nasal swabs to stop epistaxis (nasal bleeding) can also be used to make mouthwash and gargle in case of gingivitis (gum inflammation) and pharyngitis.