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Le erbe di Torcito, straordinaria farmacia naturale da riscoprire

Le erbe di Torcito, straordinaria farmacia naturale da riscoprire

Si è tenuto domenica 22 maggio un viaggio interessante tra le erbe aromatiche del bosco di Torcito, ovvero l’escursione guidata dal farmacista Tonino Marchetti e dallo specialista in fitoterapia Salvatore Presicce. Si sono, in altre parole, decantate le virtù di uno dei più importanti e interessanti beni naturali del territorio. “Il prato e il bosco furono le prime farmacie dell’uomo primitivo – spiega Presicce – che ben presto imparò a distinguere le piante velenose da quelle curative. All’inizio l’uomo usò le piante in maniera empirica, ma poi, grazie all’osservazione ripetuta degli effetti ottenuti su certe malattie, sviluppò le conoscenze delle virtù terapeutiche di numerose piante. Dall’empirismo e dalla tradizione nacque dunque la fitoterapia”. Nella masseria Torcito predominano il mirto, il lentisco, la ginestra, il corbezzolo, il leccio, l’oleastro e il carrubo. Ma si possono notare e riconoscere numerose piante medicinali spontanee come la malva, pianta con fiori rosei e dalle proprietà emollienti e antinfiammatorie, utilizzata per curare le malattie dell’apparato respiratorio e per sedare la tosse; l’iperico, pianta dai fiori gialli, utilizzata in passato come decongestionante e fluidificante, e oggi molto usata contro la depressione; il finocchio selvatico, utilizzato in cucina e per le sue proprietà toniche e digestive, oltre che per far aumentare la produzione di latte nelle puerpere, e molto altro ancora. “Dobbiamo cercare di tutelare e valorizzare meglio questo nostro patrimonio – racconta Marchetti – In questa meravigliosa struttura pubblica sarebbe interessante intuire l’importanza della coltivazione delle piante autoctone medicamentose salentine, tracciando un modello di giardino e consigliando le piante da coltivare. Proponendo insomma l’erbario di Torcito, che tratti delle malattie che delle piante poste a rimedio, illustrandone usi e nozioni generali. Anche questo potrebbe contribuire a migliorare noi stessi la nostra cultura e attrarre i turisti”.

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