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Peperine (Minthostachys verticillata) also known as pepperine mint, is a wild aromatic plant of the lamiaceous family . In certain areas of northwestern Argentina , it is usually used to taste tereré or mate, as well as consumed as tea infusion.
In Cordoba it is the main aromatic and grows from a lot. However, in the latter time, many scholars found themselves concerned about its possible extinction. This threatening state of the Cordobes' grass put the province's Secretariat of Environment and Climate Change to work on a project coordinated by INTA. Through which the conservation of the biodiversity of the native flora is sought . These entities are making a very important effort to contribute from knowledge and research the central elements to achieve the goal, such as the creation of a gel that promotes the rooting of small plants. The above-mentioned contribution of knowledge with other institutions at both provincial and national levels generates a very large expectation and provides a projection on the flora recovery program . These developments help the spread of peperine and prevent its disappearance.
This herb grows in the mountains of Argentina , although it is more popularized in the western and northwest areas of Cordoba because it is sold by street vendors. It is also widely collected from its natural growth sites by villagers who sell it to local collectors, who process it (deshoing, destemming and ground) to provide companies producing compound yerba mate. Because of this extensive consumption and commercialization, it is currently in a vulnerable situation. Marta Ojeda, professor of the Chair of Genetics at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the UNC, warns about the risk for many Argentinean native herbs, whose harvesting and oacute; n in the mountains was, for many years, the main income of families.
Years ago it has been studying this aromatic that has thousands of properties . Many studies have already verified its antibacterial, antiviral or antiseptic capacity produced by the oils that make it up . The ancient yerbateros in the area were always aware that care should be taken not to take too much male peperine (the large-leaf) because it could lead to erectile dysfunctions.
It is also known that peperine has a great variability. This means that it depends on where the plant is, what species surround it, at what altitude it is , its chemical composition changes. It should be noted that the use of peperine is not empirically validated accurately. Therefore, researchers stress the importance of research processes on this plant as a way to discern some myths and empirical knowledge.
Peperine relieves airways and promotes expectoration, is used in vapors. Relieves flatulence and fights constipation by drinking a cup after meals. It's analgesic. It has anesthetic qualities and prevents infections, improves local pains if cold cloths embedded in the infusion are available. It is stimulating, a rate will be beneficial for when you feel tired.
It also has antiseptic properties , placing its fresh crushed leaves, directly on the wound. Peperine removes bad breath : chew a few fresh leaves for a few minutes. Pregnant women may use peperine to relieve dizziness and morning sickness. It should be noted that the infusion should be light. Encourages menstruation when there are delays and calms menstrual pains.
Traslasierra, to the west of the Sierras Grandes, is the main mint producer in the country , and in localities such as San José, La Paz, Villa Las Rosas and Villa Dolores, the growers multiply. There are few with 100 ha, as most work between five and ten hectares, and they make variety of herbs for spice.
The demand for peperine is high because this herb has use in feed. Its main current destination is as dry grass for mixtures in “compound herbs” to be used in infusions. Even on the routes of the central provinces of our country it is common to find posters of companies that produce these herbs offering to acquire production, whether of wild origin or cultivation.
Publication Date: 23/01/2021
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