Phytotherapy: the magic of herbs

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Despite the advances in pharmaceuticals, phytotherapy – treatment with plants – is still popular all over the world. Indeed, is it always necessary to resort to strong drugs if it is possible to cure, and most importantly, prevent a disease with the help of natural remedies? Goodshapetips talks about herbal medicine.

Almost all plants have one or another healing effect on the human body. Some to a greater extent, others to a lesser extent.

A thousand years of experience has taught mankind not only to use herbs correctly, but also to harvest and store them correctly.

Take a closer look: around us is natural pharmacy, able to cure many, many diseases!

What can be collected and prepared in the remaining summer month?

Calendula

fireweed

Celandine
Plantain Hawthorn Chamomile It's important to know

natural sedative

St. John’s wort

Pay attention to St. John’s wort, still blooming in the shady corners of the forest. This beautiful yellow flower has the ability to heal many diseases.

Determining St. John’s wort – and it is this form that has the greatest therapeutic effect – is quite easy.

Look at the light on the leaf of this plant – it seems to be all pierced with a needle, hence the name – perforated.

This plant used and enjoys the well-deserved fame of a healer; in Rus’ it was considered an herb for most diseases.

Water infusion and decoction of herbs have long been used for the treatment of heart disease, rheumatism, colds, flu, headaches, diseases of the liver, stomach, bladder, bedwetting, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the female genital organs.

To prepare the infusion, pour a tablespoon of herbs with 1 cup of boiling water, drink a third of a cup 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.

St. John’s wort is used for rinsing and lubricating the gums. with periodontal disease, stomatitis, halitosis. Medicinal infusion – 3 tablespoons per half liter of boiling water, leave for 4-5 hours.

An infusion of flowers in vegetable oil is smeared wounds, burns, ulcers. A gruel from a freshly picked plant is applied to wounds, bruises, and inflamed areas.

We should not forget about contraindications – St. John’s wort can not be used for hypertension.

The best hemostatic

Calendula

All summer long, the orange sun blooms in the front gardens – calendula, better known as marigolds.

Her flower baskets are used for the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds, with diseases of the respiratory tract.

Alcohol infusion of calendula is indispensable with stomatitis, aphthosis, periodontal disease. Water infusion is used with blepharo-conjunctivitis, with gastritis, stomach ulcers, with bile diseases, hepatitis.

According to research, calendula has a depressive effect: inhibits motor activity and reduces muscle tone, causes drowsiness, so the infusion can be successfully used as a sedative, sedative.

Calendula has the property reduce pressure.

The antiseptic properties of flowers are widely used for baths, the decoction is added to baths for bathing babies.

Decoction of calendula daily rinse feet with increased sweating.

To prepare an aqueous infusion, they usually take 2 teaspoons of dried flowers for 2 cups of boiling water. Insist and drink 3 times a day for half a glass before meals.

For external use, either an alcohol infusion or an oil infusion is prepared, insisting flower baskets on vegetable oil. You can dry calendula flowers in a stove or oven at a temperature not exceeding 50 degrees.

female healer

fireweed

Pink ears of fireweed, which is popularly called Ivan-tea, cannot but attract attention.

Before the revolution, fireweed was exported to many Western countries and was known as “Russian tea”.

Tea from it is not only very tasty, but also has healing properties. Both tops and roots of this amazing plant are useful.

Harvest grass during flowering; roots – in spring or autumn.

fireweed has astringent, hemostatic, mild laxative, wound healing and soothing effects.

To prepare the infusion, 1 tablespoon of dry fireweed herb is brewed in 250 ml of boiling water, infused for 2 hours in a warm place, filtered.

Take a third cup 3 times a day. Crushed fireweed leaves are applied to wounds.

The most famous wound healing plant

Celandine

Everyone knows the yellow stars of celandine. This miracle herb is widespread in central Russia, and is found in the Caucasus and Siberia.

It is easy to recognize by the bright orange juice that appears at the place of separation. Celandine is a real healer for women.

He inhibits the growth of malignant tumors, tones the smooth muscles of the uterus, celandine herb is included in the medicinal fees used for uterine myoma.

The antibacterial properties of celandine are such that it is successfully used in the treatment of certain types of tuberculosis.

To prepare a decoction 4 tbsp. tablespoons of dry grass of celandine are poured with a liter of water and boiled for 10 minutes over low heat in a sealed container (you can use a water bath), insist 8 hours, filter.

Used for baths, lotions, washing with rashes, lichen, acne, diathesis, purulent wounds and ulcers. Infected and inflamed wounds after washing, it is good to sprinkle with powder from dry celandine leaves or attach fresh crushed leaves to them.

Celandine infusion: 1 tablespoon of dry grass is poured with half a liter of boiling water, insisted in a warm place for 1 hour, filtered.

Take half a glass 4 times a day with edema, high blood pressure, hemorrhoids, worms, as well as to improve digestion. This infusion acts as a diuretic.

For internal use, be careful and consult with your doctor first.

In large quantities, celandine causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, depression of the respiratory center, and death is possible.

Orange milky juice of celandine is used for the removal of warts, corns, freckles and the treatment of various skin diseases.

For heart health

Plantain

Probably, all of us have childhood memories of how, having injured ourselves, we applied plantain leaves to the sore spot – and the pain receded, the wound quickly healed.

And no wonder. Fresh leaves and juice, infusion, extract prepared from them have hemostatic, bacteriostatic and wound-healing effects.

Plantain has expectorant and hypotensive effects, water and alcohol extracts of the leaves are used in the treatment of severe forms of peptic ulcer.

Clinical observations have proven the effectiveness of fresh psyllium juice in the primary treatment of injuries, for the treatment of long-term non-healing wounds, phlegmon, boils; for the treatment of chronic colitis, acute gastrointestinal diseases – gastritis, enteritis, enterocolitis.

Plantain decoction is used to treat dysentery and dyspepsia. Leaf infusion is one of the best expectorants. with bronchitis and pulmonary tuberculosis.

Plantain seeds are used with diabetes, dyspepsia, cough, female and male infertility.

To prepare the infusion take 3 tbsp. spoons of leaves in a glass of boiling water, insist 4 hours, filter and apply 1/3 cup 3 times a day. The seed powder is taken one gram 3-4 times a day 20-40 minutes before meals.

For the treatment of colds

Hawthorn

At the end of summer – the beginning of autumn, blood-red hawthorn, an indispensable heart healer, pleases us with its bright fruits.

It enhances heart contractions and at the same time reduces its excitability, eliminates unpleasant anxiety, has a vasodilating effect, improves coronary blood supply.

Hawthorn improves sleep, lowers the excitability of the central nervous system and lowers blood cholesterol.

To prepare the infusion, 1 tablespoon of hawthorn fruit is poured with a glass of boiling water, insisted in a water bath for 15 minutes, cooled and filtered.

Take half a cup a day with increased excitability, insomnia, as a means of reducing arrhythmia and blood pressure.

We collect and store correctly!

pharmaceutical camomile

And, of course, you can not ignore the chamomile. They don’t guess “loves – doesn’t love” on her, she will always confidently say – I will help.

Will help gastritis, colitis, diseases of the liver, kidneys, bladder, malaria, colds, high fever, scrofula, diseases of the nervous system, insomnia, various inflammatory processes of the mucous membranes, slowly healing wounds, gout, ulcers and boils.

It will help young children cope with stomach cramps, with bloating. It will help blondes to maintain a bright, golden hair color, strengthening them and getting rid of dandruff.

With spasms of the intestines, flatulence, diarrhea, as a diaphoretic for colds, an infusion is prepared – 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers are poured with a glass of boiling water, insisted for 20 minutes, filtered. Take hot in a quarter cup 2-3 times a day.

For rinsing the mouth and throat, washing eyes, difficult to heal wounds, burns, frostbite, for rinsing hair after washing to make it silky and shiny, to strengthen hair roots and against dandruff 5 tablespoons of chamomile flowers pour 500 ml of boiling water, leave for 10 hours , filter.

Inhalations for bronchial asthma, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, influenza, bronchitis, tracheitis: 400 ml of water is heated to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of baking soda.

Use in an inhaler or breathe over a saucepan, covering your head with a towel for 10-15 minutes, for small children – no more than 5 minutes 1-2 times a day.

Poultices: 2-3 tablespoons of chamomile flowers are stirred in 2-3 tablespoons of boiling water. The gruel is applied to gauze and applied to a sore spot for rheumatism, bruises, edema, boils, burns, bruises, joint pain, headaches, eczema.

It’s important to know

1. Collect medicinal herbs away from roads and various factories, – Plants literally “absorb” everything harmful that is in the air and soil.

2. Harvested plants need to be washed (if you collected inflorescences, this item is also a must!) and dry in a windy (or drafty) place.

3. It is not recommended to grind medicinal herbs – so they retain their useful properties worse.

4. Keep the fees in a glass container in a dark place with normal humidity.

5. All medicinal plants should be stored for no more than a year: for example, from summer to summer. With longer periods of storage, herbs can become not only useless, but even dangerous! If you buy ready-made preparations from a pharmacy, be sure to look at the expiration date and the “free from radiation” badge.

6. Be sure to consult your doctor before use, – especially if you are prone to allergic reactions.

7. Store ready-made decoctions should be no more than a day. After this time, the decoction will not only lose its healing properties, microbes can take root in it. Store the decoction in a tightly closed glass container in the refrigerator.

8. Follow the dosage! Remember that “in a spoon is medicine, in a cup is poison.” If you overdo it, you risk ending up in the hospital.

We should not think that we need medicinal herbs only in case of an already existing disease.

Use them for prevention, as vitamin, mineral food supplements.

In salads, in addition to dill, parsley, basil and other greens that we all love, which in themselves have a high bioenergy value, you can add calendula flowers, young nettle leaves (previously scalded, they stop “biting”), dandelion leaves, nasturtium flowers; soups and stews acquire a unique flavor from the added elecampane, oregano, chamomile, hyssop, sage.

Jams and compotes from hawthorn, sea buckthorn, shadberry, chokeberry have truly unique therapeutic agents.

Now it has become fashionable to make handmade soap – add a decoction of yarrow, succession, plantain, chamomile, nettle to it – it will acquire antiseptic properties, and lemon balm, mint, oregano, lavender, catnip will add aroma to the soap.

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