Nature lovers would appreciate knowing that the radii that form the umbels of the bishop’s weed, once dry, make excellent toothpicks. Moreover, they have the advantage of a pleasant aroma.
Bishop’s Weed Scientific Facts
- Similar species: Ammi majus L.
- Other names: Spanish carrot.
- French: Herbe aux gencives.
- Spanish: Biznaga.
- Environment: It grows wild in unfarmed and drylands of the Mediterranean region, where it is native. It has been introduced to central Europe and North America.
- Description: Annual plant of the Umbelliferae family, growing up to one meter high. Its flowers grow in umbels which can have up to 80 or 100 radii each. The species Ammi visnaga differs from Ammi majus in the leaves, which are less wide and are divided in the former.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally: The fruits.
Healing Properties and Uses
- Nephritic colic (they help expel the calculi since they also have diuretic properties).
- Asthma (due to its bronchodilator properties).
- Angina pectoris (vasodilating properties), and as a rule, whenever hollow organs and systems of the body have to be relaxed.
How to use Bishop’s Weed
- Infusion with 30 grams of fruits in half a liter of water. Once strained, drink three cups daily, sweetened with honey.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 561. Print.