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The campanula is a decidedly delicate plant and to prune it, clean and sterilized tools are needed at the most. Pruning is not always necessary but it is advisable to remove only the flowers and the dry leaves. Flowering occurs from September to May and can be in the form of an inflorescence or the bellflower can be born immediately. The flowers can be pink, violet or white. The plant can easily be attacked by the red spider that causes the yellowing and fall of the leaves. When the plant is small, you can easily wash it passing on the leaves of the cotton balls soaked in water mixed with Marseille soap and then rinse with a dispenser full of plain water. If the plant is of considerable size, it is absolutely necessary to use a special anticryptogamic.Therapeutic properties of Campanula
We have seen that there are about 300 species of Campanulas. That which has healing powers and is much appreciated by homeopaths is Campanula rapunculus which, together with other species, has astringent, diuretic, digestive and laxative properties. All the elements of the plant are used, namely, roots, flowers and leaves that contain minerals, tannins, resins, gallic acid and gums. In ancient times the common people used infusions and campanula decoctions to treat warts through compresses. In addition, the infusion was used to gargle in the case of an inflamed throat or painful gums. The plant is much sought after in the kitchen because the roots of the bellflower, with its sweet taste, are used to enrich salads. The leaves, however, with a bitter taste, are excellent if put in the minestrone or in particular dishes such as soups. The root is absolutely starch-free so it can also be introduced into the diets of people with diabetes.
Some herbal tips
The Campanula rapunculus called in raperonzolo jargon, serves to calm thirst. In this case it is enough to chew some root for a short time and even if given to children, it has no side effect in fact it is very useful when the problems of painful gums due to teething begin. The root of Rapunzel, is also used as a refreshing. It is left to boil a tablespoon of root in cold water for a quarter of an hour and then it is filtered, the decoction is left to cool and sipped sweetened in the morning on an empty stomach for a fortnight. Also excellent for angina, the campanula rapunculus, it is used in the form of decoction using a spoon of root that is left to boil in half a liter of cold water for a quarter of an hour. If they drink two or three cups a day. According to popular tradition, the bellflower is used to eliminate warts. The technique used since ancient times was to place some fresh campanula leaves on a gauze or a cotton cloth and then apply it tightly on the wart. The application should be repeated every evening and should be kept until the next morning and until the wart is eliminated. Also very useful for disinfecting light wounds and abrasions, campanula root in the quantity of a spoon should be boiled in half a liter of water for 10 minutes and then the wound is rinsed until it heals.