Native to North Africa and western Asia, the Pilosella is also found in Europe, especially in the mountains where it grows spontaneously.
The plant is also called cat's tongue or mouse ear due to its shape and the petals covered by a very light hair.
The pilosella grows spontaneously in those sunny and arid areas and is very famous in physiotherapy because it treats a great variety of pathologies and already in antiquity, before any studies were carried out on it, it was used as an anti-inflammatory, diuretic and draining and above all in those feeds too rich in proteins.
The pilosella is in fact able to purify the organism in a short time.
Also highly appreciated in beauty and beauty treatments the pilosella it is used to counteract cellulite and the accumulation of liquids because the plant tends to eliminate adipose tissues.
Although the plant should not be used during pregnancy and lactation, it does not appear to have any significant side effects, although it should be used with caution where traditional medicine is used.
Therapeutic properties of pilosella
The pilosella can boast of being rich in flavonoids and therefore it is highly diuretic but it is useful not only to promote diuresis but it is also important for an aesthetic action because it fights cellulite perfectly.
The effects of pilosella in the aesthetic field, are truly amazing because of so many medicinal herbs, it manages more than any other to stir that fat that is difficult to dissolve.
However, the plant is also known for other beneficial effects, especially for Malta fever, because it acts as a powerful antibiotic.
The mother tincture of pilosella to treat bladder inflammation
The preparation of the pilosella mother tincture is of considerable difficulty therefore it is advisable to buy it in herbal medicine or even on the web where it is sold in bottles with dropper.
The trusted herbalist will be able to advise on the doses to be taken to cure bladder infections through diuresis that often does not occur correctly because the subject tends to drink little during the course of the day.
The tincture, on the other hand, seems to bring about a stimulation of urination so remarkable as to make urinating at least twice as much.
The preparation also cleans the kidneys and given its highly antibiotic action, it is like a repairer of bladder tissues and is able to free the body from nitrogenous substances and harmful toxins.
The dye is very useful to defeat cystitis and urethritis.
How to prepare an infusion of pilosella against water retention
The infusion should be prepared with a liter of boiling water poured on 80 grams of fresh flowers which should be left to infuse for 10 minutes.
The infusion should be drunk hot or cold, in the morning on an empty stomach and before main meals.
Diuresis will be greatly stimulated and a strong purifying effect will also be obtained.
How to treat inflammations of the mouth and trachea with the pilosella infusion
When you have inflamed gums or the trachea that hurts due to inflammation or colds, it is useful to sip an unsweetened pilosella herbal tea twice a day.
This type of herbal tea is made by infusing 300 grams of hot water for 10 minutes, 2 teaspoons of dried pilosella. This infusion is also excellent for gargling and rinsing.
This herbal tea is drunk three times a day and for three weeks, it is excellent for purifying the blood and for fighting acne, especially in young people.
What are the products on the market
We have seen that on the market there are dried pilosella flowers but unfortunately the price is not accessible and with them you can make decoctions or draining infusions.
Anti-cellulite creams based on pilosella flowers are also available, but even here prices are not contained.
In herbal medicine the plant is also sold in the form of drops or tinctures that are taken to increase weight loss and to keep the skin toned.
Even if there are no particular contraindications, it is good not to perform any treatment unless under medical supervision especially if you are taking other drugs that have the same properties and the same principles.
Some curiosity about the pilosella
Of ancient use, the pilosella and specifically its dried flowers, were used in the popular tradition, as an astringent of the intestinal tract but also for the strong cystitis, for the sore throat, for those internal bleeding that did not tend to heal, to "repair" the intestinal mucosa, to detoxify the liver and in the form of powder.
The latter was used in the epistaxis, to stop the blood leaking from the nose. The dust was made to breathe by the children or by the people who suffered from these bleeding and suddenly, everything stopped.
In the 12th century, the plant was first reported by Santa Hildegarda, who was the Abbess of Bingen and who had used the flowers of the plant as a diuretic and was pleased with it.
The roots of the pilosella secrete toxic substances and this is why they are not used and the plant, if placed next to other cultivation, can inhibit its growth.
Fresh pilosella flowers, when added to warm water in the bathtub, are able to tone the skin.
Thanks to umbelliferone, an element contained in the plant, this is used for the treatment of brucellosis, that is the disease that farm animals can transmit to humans.
If in herbal medicine you do not want to spend excessively for the purchase of hawkweed, it is better to opt for the drops that are more affordable and easily measurable. The drops should be taken an hour before and one hour after eating and the number of times you go to the bathroom for urination will increase considerably. For this reason, it is not advisable to take the various preparations before going to bed.
The pilosella as in ancient times, is also cultivated for culinary purposes because it gives the dishes an unusual flavor. Many trattorie use it instead of spinach or to make traditional soups with other wild herbs. In some areas of Italy, the leaves are used to make omelettes.