The matico, whose scientific name is Buddleja globosa, It is a medicinal plant typical of the southern Andean region of the American continent.
It grows mainly in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia, and is used primarily for its healing principles.
One of the most common names of this plant is "soldier's grass", precisely because it is used for wounds and to stop bleeding during fighting.
Its main differentiation with other similar plants is thanks to the petals of the flowers that form an almost perfect sphere.
Properties of the matico and its medicinal benefits
As we said, one of the most prominent uses of the properties of the matico as a medicinal herb is due to its healing and anti hemorrhagic active ingredients.
The same components that help to counteract the hemorrhages and to heal the wounds, are those that allow their use to cure digestive problems, such as stomach ulcers, diarrhea or indigestion of all kinds. In this case it should be consumed as an infusion.
It can be used to soothe toothaches, as it cleans infections while calming pain. The same goes for gum wounds, of which the matico has proven to be a good healer.
Benefitting from the properties of the matico is possible in addition to the named creams and infusions, by other products such as extract, poultices or syrup.
Main benefits and more widespread uses
The most common diseases and ailments that are treated with matico and the most widespread jobs are:
- As a healing
- To stop bleeding
- For stomach aches
- Soothe colic
How to prepare the infusion of matico
The infusion of matico is prepared based on the leaves of the plant. The ratio is one large scoop of these leaves per liter of water. It should not boil, but should be infused for 10 to 15 minutes.
It can be accompanied by honey, agave syrup or any healthy sweetener for greater pleasure when ingesting it.
Contraindications of the matico
Among the contraindications or side effects of the matico, until now, or only related to the allergy of this plant.
The matico can be used in pregnancy, since it is not classified in the list of abortive plants, which may pose a risk to the baby or accelerate the delivery.
In any case, before consumption, both during pregnancy or during the period of breastfeeding, it is better to consult a doctor.