Pepper grass: properties and uses

L'grass pepper it is a rather well-known herb in oriental medicine, where it has long been used to relieve asthma and, more generally, to treat problems of various kinds in the upper respiratory tract, such as bronchitis, emphysema and other conditions characterized by cough or edema. According to some, however, this herb can clinically provide extraordinary results in the treatment of gastritis, amenorrhea and more. Several pharmacological studies confirm that the pepper herb has significant effects antitussive, anti-asthmatics, cardiotonics, diuretics and anti-inflammatories.

But what is pepper herb? And what are yours property and his uses?

What is pepper herb?

Let's go in order. Normally when we talk about pepper grass it refers to the ripe seeds of Lepidium apetalum or Lepidium virginicum, which belong to the same family as the mustard. The herb is particularly widespread in oriental medicine, but it is also finding space within our borders, both through summer harvesting from the plants, when it reaches maturity, and by purchasing the ready-made compound. Recall that the pepper herb is an annual or biennial herb, 5 to 30 centimeters high. The stems are erect, covered with small white hairs.

The benefits of pepper herb

From the point of view of traditional medicine, and especially of Chinese medicine, i main benefits for Health made by the pepper herb are quite numerous.

Although there are not always supporting studies (therefore, we advise you to be very careful in the consumption of this product, always talking about it first with your doctor), many believe that it can effectively treat the cough caused by water retention, edema, bronchitis, bronchiectasis and similar conditions.

More concretely, the modern ones pharmacological actions favored by the presence of pepper grass among the ingredients are linked to the improvement of the muscle tone of the heart, with the development of myocardial contractility, slowing of heart rate, reduction of venous pressure.

Furthermore, it is known that the pepper grass has a diuretic effect, and that the benzyl glucosinolate contained in it has a broad broad-spectrum antibacterial activity, acting on 20 different types of fungi and dozens of other strains. At very low doses, it has a significant antitumor effect.

The contraindications of the pepper herb

It was reported that i grass seeds pepper may cause allergic reactions, with typical clinical manifestations represented by generalized papules, accompanied by itching, anaphylactic shock (rare), nausea and vomiting, palpitation, itching, restlessness, rash, pale lips, cold sweat, difficulty breathing, decreased heartbeat heart and lowering of blood pressure. Consequently, patients must undergo anti-allergic therapy.

Uses of pepper herb

As a rule, pepper grass is mainly used fresh leaves and the flowering tops, collected during the entire vegetative period. It can be used as a condiment to flavor second courses based on cheese and eggs, or second courses based on meat and vegetable side dishes. The flavor determined by this plant, tendencies to spicy, can therefore be a substitute for rosemary and Origan.

Recipes with pepper herb

A traditional pepper herb recipe is that of chickpea soup. Easily prepared, and consumable also the day after compared to the day of preparation, in order to prepare it at home it is sufficient to find 350 grams of cooked chickpeas, 200 grams of tomato, a few slices of homemade bread, a sprig of rosemary, half a glass of white wine, a clove of garlic and some pepper herb.

Once you have found all the ingredients, start working the chickpeas. If the chickpeas are dry, just rinse them in water and leave them to soak for 24 hours, then rinse them thoroughly. If you are using canned chickpeas, drain them and put them directly in a pot with water over very low heat.

Then take a pan and fry the garlic and rosemary for about ten minutes. Add the half glass of wine we mentioned among the ingredients and then wait for it to evaporate. Then add the tomato and the herb pepper and continue cooking for another quarter of an hour. Pour the sauté into the pot, raise the heat and cook for another 45 minutes. Then serve the soup with slices of toast.

The recipes for using pepper grass are truly numerous. Try making some recipes, experimenting with what you think will best suit your ambitions and… let us know how it went!

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