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It grows wild in the very humid areas of the mountains of the old continent and North America and is formed by seven or more leaves called lobes and a petiole. The characteristic of this plant is that in the early hours of the morning dewdrops are formed on the leaves that were collected by medieval alchemists to benefit from them. The plant commonly called Achemilla vulgaris has the specific name of star grass or herb grass. Widely used in cosmetics, alchemy for hundreds of years is considered one of those plants with miraculous virtues. Dew drops enhance the spicy smell of the plant, which in any case gives off a very pleasant balsamic smell in the summer months.

Virtue of alchemy, use and products

On this plant legends of all kinds flutter but what is known is that the high concentration of elements such as tannins, make the plant have very important hemorrhagic properties. It is no coincidence that it is used for pathologies such as metroraggia and stomach ulcers. Extremely powerful antibacterial, it is another benefit of this vegetable that destroys Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis, the main cause of the ulcer. The leaves of the plant contain ellagic acid and ellagitannins which allows a protective jar action. The appropriately prepared leaves also give an antiviral benefit because they treat diseases such as shingles. The part of the plant that is used in cosmetics and for the preparation of phytotherapeutic products are the leaves. Used above all for the monthly disorders of women, alchemy finds its use also in much more important diseases but also in diarrhea and gastroduodenal diseases and in all those diseases that require astringent and hemostatic effects. The leaves of the alchemy, very aromatic, are used in the preparation of tea and herbal teas and under the latter form, are used by women of childbearing age, to control and alleviate menstrual disorders monthly. Its proven and proven efficacy has allowed this plant to be found in herbal medicine in the form of drops, extract or capsules. The professional advice of a trusted herbalist will give you exact indications on how to use and dose drops and capsules depending on the pathology you suffer from. However, it is good to specify that during the treatment, absorption problems may occur due to the high concentration of tannin. The use of products deriving from alchemy, for now, does not indicate any side effects or toxic reactions even after fairly long treatments.
Alchemy is also widely used in cosmetics. Just think that the ancient courtesans used herbs as products for their skin, hair and body care in general. Scholars have sought after extensive studies, to return to their origins trying to take the same path as those people who used medicinal herbs to preserve their beauty over time. Popular wisdom has entered into perfect symbiosis with modern technology that maximizes the properties of herbs

How to cultivate Alchemy

Herbalists who know how to dose herbs well and know how to give exact advice, have the healthy habit of growing medicinal herbs and then using their leaves to prepare therapeutic and beauty products. As we have mentioned, alchemy needs fairly moist soil because it grows naturally in mountainous areas with these characteristics. If we want to sow it too, the operation is less complicated than expected because this plant is self-disseminated with extreme ease. The prerequisites, of course, must be to be planted in land appropriate to its natural habitat. It is possible to sow it in autumn in an environment that is not overheated and then transplant it onto moist soil in late spring. The soil must be rich in humus and mixed with spherical balls of expanded clay so that the plants that will be planted 15 centimeters apart from each other, are drained properly. Have the foresight to plant the small plants in semi-shaded places and above all (essential condition) keep the soil always damp without exaggerating with the watering. Too much water would certainly bring the plants to premature death because the roots could become moldy or be invaded by insects and fungal diseases. Go easy on the fertilizers because the alchemy plants must be fertilized only in case of extreme need and do it possibly, using green products or compounds derived from DIY. This of course must only happen if you notice that plants have been invaded by insects or scale insects although the plant is rustic and resists very well to the attacks of mites in general. At most you can enrich the soil with organic fertilizer.

How to use alchemy for female ills

Although the decoction of alchemy should be used for common ailments such as diarrhea, viral diseases and head and rheumatic pains, the use of decoctions and herbal teas, is highly sought after by women of childbearing age and to alleviate monthly pain and abundant losses. Of ancient use, the dosage today is indicated by a trusted herbalist who will be able to tell you the exact doses to be taken in decoctions, herbal teas or macerated. Female disorders are widespread but women who use this herb with such important therapeutic properties, praise it a lot and consider themselves satisfied. Usually the infusion is prepared by putting two or three teaspoons of dried leaves in a cup on which 150 grams of boiled water are poured. The cup is covered otherwise the virtues of the grass dissipate and then the lukewarm infusion is drunk. It is convenient to do this at least three times a day. If instead you want to proceed with the maceration of the leaves, you can put two or three teaspoons of these to soak in 150 grams of cold water for a few hours. If instead you want to take a decoction, you will boil two or three teaspoons of dried leaves in 200 grams of water for about ten minutes. You then have to filter the mixture, let it rest covered in a cup and then sip it at least twice a day. If you wish, instead of going to herbal medicine every month, you can keep the dried alchemy leaves in a tightly closed glass jar. You can therefore buy the grass in greater quantities. Bear in mind, however, that any medicinal herb, after six months, loses its natural efficacy and its therapeutic principles. Naturally in herbal medicine, you will find both drops and capsules that will exempt you from performing these operations and you can take both with simple water. The benefits are guaranteed.