plant determination


One of the best friends of the home unit in spain is Clara. She has a lot of knowledge in plant determination and gardening.


llanten – plantago media

Cooked seeds serve as emollients and laxatives. Contains mucilages and silicic acid that is used as a pectoral remedy. It is a diuretic, expectorant, emollient and cicatrizant. It is used in syrup or extract to combat colds, bronchitis and asthma. External way in the form of compresses to treat burns and ulcers. In gargle relieves angina. In eye drops is used for conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids.


borraja – borago officinalis

The dye contained in the flowers acts as an indicator. Like litmus, it turns red when it comes into acid solutions. In older flowers slight red coloration is also observed.

The leaves of the Borretin are eaten in salads or cooked in soups. The blue flowers are edible (they contain significantly less alkaloids than the leaves), have a sweetish taste and are often used as a salad decoration.

Borretin flowers (boraginis flos) contain bornesite, allantoin, mucus, potassium salts (up to 17%). In the pediatrics, the drug is used for urinary retention, fever, mucus of the respiratory tracts, diarrhea, inflammation, rheumatism, climacteric symptoms, and blood purification.


guindilla-de-campana – Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum cv. campanilla

Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet in the Americas since at least 7500 BCE. The most recent research shows that chili peppers were domesticated more than 6000 years ago in Mexico.

When consumed, capsaicinoids bind with pain receptors in the mouth and throat that are responsible for sensing heat. Once activated by the capsaicinoids, these receptors send a message to the brain that the person has consumed something hot. The brain responds to the burning sensation by raising the heart rate, increasing perspiration and release of endorphins.

They are very high in potassium, magnesium, and iron. Their very high vitamin C content can also substantially increase the uptake of non-heme iron from other ingredients in a meal, such as beans and grains. A very large study published by the British Medical Journal found some indications that humans who consume spicy foods, especially fresh chili peppers, were less likely to die of cancer or diabetes.


acelga – beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris

Fresh young chard can be used raw in salads. Mature chard leaves and stalks are typically cooked (like in pizzoccheri) or sauteed; the bitterness fades with cooking, leaving a refined flavor which is more delicate than that of cooked spinach.

Chard having significant content in raw form of vitamin E and the dietary minerals, magnesium, manganese, iron and potassium.