Culantrillo de Pozo: Characteristics, therapeutic uses and tips to grow this beautiful medicinal plant in your home.
"Plants possess enough spirit to transform our limited vision."
- Rosemary Gladstar
How much do you know about the culantrillo de pozo ? Plants have been the first complex living beings on the face of the earth. And they have seen us grow and evolve as a species from our first steps. There is no doubt that throughout our existence we have established a link with them. And since the earliest civilizations, plants have been considered as one of the foundations of all types of medicine .
Thus, they can be of great help in the pursuit of achieving our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
In this article we will dedicate ourselves to treating a particular plant that stands out for its delicacy and beauty: the Culantrillo de Pozo . Stay with us while we take a tour of this plant, its characteristics, its uses and requirements if you want to grow it in your home.
Culantrillo de Pozo
The Adiantum capillus-veneris, better known as culantrillo de pozo (also known as Venus Hair because of its similarities to the hair of a woman), is a plant belonging to the Pteridaceae family of ferns. The word Adiantum, denominator of this genus of ferns, comes from the ancient Greek, and means " do not wet ." This refers to the ability of the leaves to spill water without getting wet.
This plant has a subcosmopolitan distribution, that is, it is found in all regions of the planet. Mainly in southern and western regions of Europe and Africa, and in north and central America. And it can usually be found sprouting from the gaps between the rocks that do not receive direct sunlight, near some point of water.
The small hole cannula can reach forty centimeters in height, and its stem grows straight and black. Another characteristic of this type of plants is that it does not have a root, but that it has rhizomes, that is, an underground stem with horizontally growing buds. In addition, it has no flower, and its reproduction system is through spores that develop on top of the leaflets.
The culantrillo of well is, without a doubt, one of the most delicate and fine ferns that exist in the surface of the Earth.
Well culantrillo is a plant with many applications, as it has proven to have different principles applicable to medicine.
Throughout different civilizations, this fern has been used for a wide variety of treatments. According to the investigations, the oral application of the decoction of its frond has been reported as useful to clarify the respiratory tract, dyspnea, asthma, rhinitis and pain in the chest. Doctors in antiquity also used the wellhead in the form of eye drops to treat the lacrimal fistula.
In addition, it has been used as a powder to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as jaundice, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. And it has been reported as a headache prevention agent, and it is believed that it also has the ability to dissolve kidney stones and as a diuretic agent when administered orally. It has also been reported as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
Persian doctors have used a lot of decorating this plant to treat genital disorders in women such as amenorrhea.
It is, without a doubt, a plant with a great history of uses throughout history.
Using the Well Culantrillo
Now, this medicinal plant can be applied homemade in different ways.
A very common way is to achieve a paste by crushing the fresh fronds in a mortar with a little sugar and water. This preparation is usually taken to treat respiratory problems. It has also been used this paste of culantrillo of well applied directly on the wounds caused by animal bites and as an anti-inflammatory.
Another preparation is in the form of syrup . For this, 30 grams of fresh fronds are macerated and boiled in half a liter of water, for approximately 3 hours. Then, strain and add two cups of sugar or honey for each of water. You must heat this preparation on low heat to achieve water dilution, stirring regularly. And once dissolved, it is ready to let cool.
In addition, infusions of culantrillo of well is usually one of the most common forms of intake. In this case it is recommended to boil 20 grams of dried leaves per liter of water. And then, honey is added to sweeten its flavor. This will be a very effective combination as an expectorant and to relieve the pain of the respiratory tract.
In combination with wine it is used to facilitate menstruation in women with amenorrhea. And the water resulting from the cooking of this plant has been applied for massages to relax the contractures.
It is always advisable that the fronds of the wellhead are fresh when used as a treatment. This is so because as they dry they lose the active ingredients they possess.
For years, this fern has earned a name thanks to the theory of the sign . This theory tells us that plants (or some part of plants) that resemble some part of the body, can be used to treat a condition that affects that specific part of the body .
For example, a plant whose stem or fruit has the shape that resembles a kidney, so its application will have healing and purifying effects on the kidneys.
In the same way, as the alternative name implies, the wellhead has been linked to the hair of a beautiful woman. Therefore, it has been (and is) used to treat alopecia and hair loss due to age.
There are those who believe that this is only speculation, because usually the medicinal properties and active ingredients are housed in its composition and not in its appearance. But the truth is that there are professionals who use it for this by applying scalp massages with cooking water or even with ash. Thus, this possibility will be open to those who wish to experience this application of the wellhead and then share their results.
Personally, I think the only thing that stops hair loss is the ground.
Growing the Culantrillo de Pozo
If you are thinking of growing well culantrillo in your home, then you should also consider some things.
First, if the idea is to have it as an indoor plant, you cannot leave it exposed to direct sunlight, and in the same way you should avoid very bright lighting. This plant needs an environment with warm and humid air. If the air in your home is dry and very hot, it will dry. For best results it is recommended to spray the leaves of the wellhead with warm water a couple of times a day. And the earth has to remain moist but without getting soaked.
If you plan to have it outside, hide it from direct sunlight . This plant usually prefers a fresh soil. Like most plants, you should ensure that your soil does not have acidic PH. And you can make a straw mattress on the floor to preserve its moisture.
You should also protect this fern from strong frost.
Also note that this plant is very susceptible to lack of moisture and drought, so it is also recommended to water it regularly, especially in the first two months of planting.
And you will have in your house access to an incredibly healthy and fine plant, which with its beauty will brighten your home.
And you, have you had experiences with this beautiful plant before?
AUTHOR: Lucas, editor and translator of the great family of hermandadblanca.org