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The centocchio, whose scientific name is “Stellaria Media”, is an annual herbaceous plant or, in some cases, even perennial, which can reach a height of up to eighty centimeters.

The stem is characterized by being lying in the company of the ascending branches and is extremely branched and, in most cases, produces roots at the level of the nodes, often in contact with the ground itself.

The leaves have an oval-elliptical shape, with an extremely sharp apex, the entire margin and the petiole is short and hairy.

The flowers have the particular characteristic of being able to be gathered in the upper part of the apex of the branches.

Furthermore, the flowers are characterized by staying on the plant throughout the year and close when the rain arrives and during the night and then open the next morning.

The fruit, on the other hand, is characterized by being an oval-oblong capsule which, when it reaches full maturity, divides into six parts up to its half, has a good number of flat seeds, with a red-brown or black color .


The centocchio of small size it has the characteristic of reaching 15 cm in height; during the summer it takes on a characteristic green, blue and white color.

The centocchio it is a plant that suffers enough from temperatures that drop below freezing; for this reason it is better to cultivate also in an area sheltered from the wind or in a closed place during the winter season.

Furthermore, during the summer period, it is better to place this plant in a semi-shady place, where direct sunlight can reach the centocchio only during the coolest hours of the day.

As for watering, the centocchio has the particular characteristic of requiring frequent watering, which must be administered paying close attention to the complete drying of the soil before each operation.

Properties and active ingredients

Inside the centocchio plant we can find saponosides, resins and tannins.

Among the most important properties of the centocchio, we can emphasize the astringent, vulnerary and diuretic.

The centocchio is used in herbal practice as an excellent diuretic, toxifuge, anti-catarrhal, even if the presence of saponins requires it not to be used internally, except when recommended by the doctor.

For external use, on the contrary, the centocchio is characterized by carrying out an excellent astringent, anti-inflammatory, repairing activity of skin cracks, but also protecting the capillaries found in the blood.

Among the more specific applications, however, we can highlight the importance of the external adjuvant treatment of acne, but the centocchio proves to be extremely valid even with couperose.

In any case, in most cases, the aerial portion of the plant must be used, as an excellent diuretic and diaphoretic, while for external use it proves effective for pustular, acneic, impure skins and with dilated vessels.

Centocchio: Use

One of the possibilities that can be exploited with the fresh centocchio plant is the preparation of an excellent decoction: inside a container you must pour the contents of a cup of cold water, with four grams of fresh plant.

When this compound is brought to a boil, it must be boiled for at least fifteen minutes. It is a decoction that is extremely useful as an adjuvant in all those cases of anemia that is caused by food deficiencies.

In any case, before proceeding with the intake, it is always better to consult your doctor.

The infusion of centocchio is also particularly widespread, which must be used above all in all those cases of bronchial catarrh and cough: in these cases a quarter of a liter of boiling water must be poured over two teaspoons of dried centocchio, waiting about ten minutes and, finally, filter.

It is advisable to drink two or three cups during the day, perhaps with meals.

The centocchio bath, on the other hand, is used above all in cases of irritation, skin inflammation and rheumatic pain.

It is necessary to pour about 100 ml of boiling water on 5-6 tablespoons of dried centocchio plant, after having left it to rest, then filtered and added to the bath water.

In homeopathy the most used remedy based on centocchio is certainly the one that is administered as a tincture or in low potencies to combat chronic or acute joint rheumatism.

In case you want to use the compresses, it is possible to make some based on centocchio to counteract ulcers, swellings and skin eruptions: in these situations it is necessary to shred the fresh and flowering plant and then reduce it to a dense compound and apply it on the parts that have been affected by pain (remember to repeat the application more than once a day).

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