Use of common beet

Use of common beet

Scientific name: Beta vulgaris L. ssp. vulgaris, Beta vulgaris L. ssp. maritima (L.) Arcang
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Dialect name: salichedda, salica, costa, giri sarvaggi, giriteddi ri muntagna
Herbaceous plant spread from sea level to mountainous areas, in the most varied soils and in ruderal soils.
Stem of 20-30 cm, ascending or erect with red margins at the base. The leaves are oblong oval-shaped, long petiolate of a glossy green color, the inflorescences are spikes with small and light green flowers. The fruits are cuspid achenes. The vegetative cycle is winter-spring with often perennial roots. Harvesting must be done in spring.

Active principles
The active ingredients are found in the leaves and roots. The whole plant contains active ingredients.

Anti-haemorrhoids, decongestants and constipation.

Pianta di bietola

Internal use
As an anti-inflammatory
Hemorrhoids: boil 40 grams of leaves in a liter of water for 20 minutes, filter the decoction and consume 3-4 cups a day.
Urethral inflammation: boil 50 grams of leaves in 2 liters of water for about 30 minutes, squeeze the leaves to obtain a well-concentrated decoction, filter and consume several times a day.
Intestinal poultice: boil 100 grams of leaves in a liter of water and consume several times a day.

External use
As a decongestant
Fresh chard, in the form of a pack, can be used to treat erythema.

Maria Canzoneri

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