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Question: Beautiful at night

what does beauty do at night? how is it? it is a healing plant


Answer: Beautiful at night

Dear Laura,

the beauty at night is a perennial herbaceous plant, originally from southern america, in particular from Peru, widely used in gardens and street furniture; in winter the aerial part disappears at the first frosts, but the tuberous roots remain in the ground until spring, when the plant sprouts, forming almost a small, quite elegant shrub, which blooms from late spring until early autumn. The flowers have the particularity of presenting themselves in different colors even on the same plant; they bloom in the evening and have a delicate scent.

They also produce many fertile seeds, which self-sow with ease; once sown a beautiful one at night in a pot or in the garden, we will have new plants every year, with flowers of the most varied colors, from golden yellow to bright purple, also striped or with various types of variegations. Dark seeds are toxic.

The botanical name is mirabilis jalapa, and it is a plant that has always been used for medicinal purposes by the inhabitants of Peru; some of the therapeutic purposes have been proven by scientific research, and this plant is also used in herbal medicine; the flowers are edible, and are used as natural dyes for food.

Traditionally in South America the roots are considered a powerful aphrodisiac, even if this effect is not confirmed by any scientific research; the leaves are used to accelerate the healing of superficial wounds, and also to relieve inflammation and abscesses, for this purpose they are used in decoction, fresh or dried. They are also used to soothe the symptoms of various skin diseases, such as psoriasis and eczema, itching, allergic reactions to insect bites.

The roots have a diuretic and purifying power, even if preparations ingested in large quantities can cause vomiting or nausea.

In my childhood memories, an old great-aunt told of a herbal preparation called jalappa or silappa, which was used to cause vomiting in case of illness due to the ingestion of spoiled food, but also in cases of excessively abundant meals; this same preparation, in powder or in tablets, was also used as a purgative. I have no longer found any memory of this herbal product, even if my aunt said it was produced starting from the beautiful ones at night (probably the roots), mixed with flavors such as menthol. This product appears to have been used in Italy as early as the 20-30s.

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