Physalis is a plant with natural healing properties (sedative, tranquillising, analgesic, antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, draining, anesthetic, emollient, depurative, oxaluric and laxative). Part of the nightshade family, it is native to Colombia, Europe, Peru and Bolivia. But, it is essentially found in all tropical, temperate and subtropical regions such as Quebec and Africa. It may also be called cockerel, Corsican mirabelle plum, winter cherry, caged love, Cape gooseberry or lantern. It is distinguished by its oval leaves and its globular fruits colored in orange-red. This plant is known scientifically as physalis alkekengi. It is granted mainly for the effectiveness of its active components (vitamins B and E, provitamin Apysanols, phosphorus, citric acid, proteins, carotenoids, steroidal bitter principles).
This medicinal plant is recommended in which cases?
Physalis is rich in phytosterols and offers a toning action. Its diuretic effect promotes blood purification. This natural calming discuss more:
- kidney stones and gallstones;
- hemorrhoids and oedemas;
- stones and gout;
- urinary infections and disorders;
- liver disease;
- diabetes (of all types);
- and the prostate.
It is also effective for cure sore throat and to strengthen the optic nerve.
Physalis is used in herbal medicine in what form?
Variant accessibility in the field of herbal medicine : fresh or dried berries, herbal tea (30 g of leaves in 500 ml of water), lotions or creams (beauty formula), berry powder, mother tincture, capsule, decoction (45 g of ripe berries and 1000 ml of water, to be taken three times a day) and infusion (30 g of ripe fruit and 1000 ml of water, to be drunk twice a day). It is the fruits, leaves and stems that are specially used to give rise to these different forms.
How to make the most of all the benefits of physalis?
In the culinary world, it is consumable raw or transformed into a natural beverage (juice). This species of dicotyledonous plant offers an exceptional flavor to yogurts, ice creams and all kinds of desserts. It can also be prepared in jam, in sweet salad (mix with seasonal fruits) or salty (combined with vegetables or various cold meats and cheeses). If the envelope is not removed, the conservation of the fruit can be spread out up to 45 days (at room temperature).
Use of physalis: what are the contraindications?
The consumption of this herbaceous expectorant should be moderate. Because at high doses, it can be abortifacient in pregnant women. Immature fruits should be avoided because they are poisonous. Otherwise, they can cause fever, diarrhea and intestinal disorders. Nutritional supplements based on this plant are not recommended for small children.