Green purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Green purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

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Caption: Green purslane flowers (Portulaca oleracea). The leaves of this plant are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is important in preventing heart attacks and strengthening the immune system. The leaves and plant juice is particularly effective in the treatment of burns, skin diseases and insect stings. A tea is made from the leaves and used to treat stomach complaints and headaches.

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