(Smilax aspera)

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The berries are toxic
Sub-shrub of the waste dry lands of Mediterranean areas growing to 2 m with thorny stem of which one uses the root.

Common smilax is used in case of rheumatism and skin disease. In Mexico one consumes its root for its strengthening and aphrodisiacs properties.
Also in case of influenza, anorexia.
And in external use : Eczema, urticaria, herpes.

Decoction : 30 g for one liter of water to drink in one day

One handful for one liter of water, boil 2 minutes then let infuse 10 minutes ; 3 cups a day.

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Smilax aspera, Rough Bindweed, Sarsaparille