It is a plant with a two-year cycle and this means that one year only develops the leaves while the following year, the floral inflorescence appears.
It is a plant with multiple properties, used since ancient times to promote diuresis, to purify and to cause sweating. Lately it is also used in cosmetics for the preparation of creams with astringent powers.
It is a plant that is also used in the kitchen and is found very often on our mountains, in fact almost the whole continent, except the islands, it is full and in Italy, we find it in the Alps. The leaves can be used raw associated with a salad mixed while young flowers, can season soups or used to prepare salads. The roots instead, are used for the preparation of medicinal products.
Peasant wisdom suggests to us the beak beard, as an officinal herb as it was done in ancient times also because its root resembles that of the carrot and is likewise sweetish as well as being rich in specific sugars such as inulin, inositol and mannitol.
The beak beard is mainly used for its diuretic properties and is extremely useful for purifying the body especially when associated with a low-calorie diet.
However, this important alfalfa is also used for other beneficial purposes because it is able to give relief to people suffering from rheumatism but it helps a lot, in cases of arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure because it has the ability to remove toxic residues from the metabolism.
But the beneficial effects do not end there! There beak beard it came and is still used for the annoying cooling illnesses because it first of all favors sweating in case of high fever and then calms the irritated cough and is able to alleviate all the pathologies of the respiratory system.
Uses of bill beards
The inside of its roots are rich in carbon hydrates and even diabetics can consume it without any sort of limitations because it does not increase the level of glucose in the blood.
They can eat the root of this plant which, as we have said, is identical to the carrot, in slices boiled and seasoned with oil and lemon, while the stem and leaves are cooked in the same way as asparagus.
It seems strange but some regional cuisines use this plant, to enrich various preparations of the cuisine typical of their restaurants. It is no coincidence that the bill beard is introduced as the main element in omelettes. In alpine areas, this herb with multiple properties is considered edible and therefore used in a thousand ways, all very tasty and tasty. The root is in fact prepared after having boiled it, in the form of tasty pancakes in batter, or it is grilled or even sautéed in a pan.
The root discs of beak beards, are also used dried and then stored in glass jars to be consumed at the time of need even to prepare some specific decoction.
Even in the past, the roots were dried and then finely ground to obtain a powder that was used in flour dough or even as a coffee substitute.
Combined with poppy and chickpea flour and mixed with a little water, the beak beard is still made in a pan with a little oil and the result is a nice omelette, also excellent in flavor.
Naturally a double purpose was obtained, namely to enhance the common taste of food and to exploit its medicinal properties. The only drawback that is solved, however, with a little patience, is that the roots are difficult to clean.
Beak beard is also widely used in pharmaceutical industries that use it to create pain-relieving creams. In many areas, even if it is found in spontaneous growth, there are real cultivations. The plant is in fact cultivated on small plots of land, exposed directly to the warm rays of the sun. The soil is watered only once a month and among other things, if the climate is humid, there is no need to wet the earth either.
According to popular belief, this herb has miraculous so not surprisingly, those who believe a lot in herbal medicine, cultivate it with extreme passion.
Consider that there are areas where farmers have small plots of land, dedicated to this plant and they love to pass on the beneficial qualities of beak beards from father to son.
In fact, if we want to follow step by step all the ancient history of this plant, we can ask elderly people with memories of a very distant memory that can mention cures made with decoctions obtained with the beak beard, useful even to eliminate warts.
Beak beard beneficial effects
Those who love taking care of their herbs will know well that it would be a good habit to keep them wisely at home and use them when needed. Of course, even the art of herbalism is not invented at any moment but many studies are needed. However, enthusiasts, who use medicinal plants as natural remedies, have a particular predilection for beak beards and try to keep well preserved dried product portions, which can also soothe heartburn and increase an abnormal loss of appetite.
Although it is usual to find beak beards on the sides of country roads, the plant is easily available in herbal medicine where a wellness professional will show you not only the properties that you will surely already know but also the various preparation methods.
In fact, it can be prepared in the form of an infusion, decoction or tincture and only upon prescription, a medical check by the herbalist, you can try your hand at preparing homemade medical recipes.
Like all officinal herbs, even the beak beard becomes harmful if used improperly and an overdose, it could become toxic and cause more harm than good to the body.
However the decoction of beak beard, it is easy to prepare and having at hand the already dried roots, you can use them when you accuse one of the illnesses described above.
Especially when used in the cold months, when the colds are lurking, the decoction is a real panacea!
You can prepare it by boiling 2 grams of roots in 100 grams of water for a quarter of an hour. You will get a cup of decoction which you will prepare four times a day and sip it well sweetened with honey or raw sugar.
As if by magic, you will see that the phlegm will decrease considerably just because you will be able to expectorate with ease.
In addition, you will lose a lot and in the event of a fever, this could be an excellent method to help lower the body temperature too high and at the same time, allow the body a healthy purification.