Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Toothpickweed
Common name:

Toothpickweed

Synonym name:

bisnaga

Hebrew name:

אמיתה קיצית

Scientific name:

Ammi visnaga

Family:

Apiaceae - סוככיים

Arabic name:

ח,ילה

Shape:
annual plant
Dimensions:
0.5-0.9 m
Flowering color:
#f7f0ed
Flowering period:
4-8
Harvesting:
8-11
Growing areas:
Toothpickweed is common in heavy soils, roadsides and cultivated fields. it characterizes the summer growing in irrigated fields and unirrigated lands.
Desription:
Toothpick weed is an umbel plant that characterizes the summer growing in irrigated fields and unirrigated lands. Its leaves are cut 3-1 times into Capillary or Linear lobes. Its Flowering lasts from April to August. The flowers are white. The umbel edges fold during ripening, and create a nest-like that protects the fruit. They kept close all summer and with the first rains the nest-like is opening and the seeds disperse.
The plant is very common by the Israeli Arabs as a remedy for gastric diseases, constipation and urinary tract infections, kidney stones, heart disease, toothache, scabies and skin fungus, diabetes and asthma.
 
For treating urinary tract infections, kidney stones, heart disease, asthma and more
 Pulverize 2 heaping tablespoons of dry seeds and soak them for 4-3 days in a liter of water, strain and drink from the steeping four cups a day. 
Another way, no less effective is to boil two heaping tablespoons of seeds in a liter of water for half an hour. The Water changes their color to red. Strain and drink 4 cups from the decoction a day.
 
The plant appears in Jewish sources as a herb "and with amita (Toothpick weed) and rue and other species. What is amita ninya" (Talmud shabat 128/71). The sources calls the  Toothpick weed Ninia and it appears also as a drug for heart problems. Our ancestors also used the seeds of the plant as a spice for improving the taste and aroma of wine.