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Video: Fireweed - Useful Properties, Indications For Use
Instructions for use:
- 1. Application
- 2. Harm
Prices in online pharmacies:
from 28 rubles.
Fireweed is a tall herb that has long leaves and large dark pink flowers. The plant is found absolutely on all continents, it is especially common in zones with a temperate climate. Fireweed grows well in illuminated places, such as flat banks of streams and rivers, clearings, meadows and burnt places. About 17 species of this plant grow on Russian territory, the most common is called "Ivan-tea".
An interesting fact is that the English name, which literally translates as "fireweed", reflects the plant's ability to grow even in places of fire. These properties of fireweed were especially manifested during the Second World War, since large clearings with this plant began to appear at the sites of bomb explosions and various fires the next or the same year.
According to biologists, sufficiently large thickets of fireweed help create a special microclimate, which may be slightly warmer than the environment. This means that the plant is able to help young trees, as it protects them from cold weather and winds. Also, thanks to fireweed, the restoration of a forest that was damaged by a fire can be accelerated.
The use of fireweed
Since the most popular Russian name for the plant is "Ivan-tea" or "Koporsky tea", it is logical to assume that the properties of fireweed allow it to be used as tea. At least in the CIS countries, this application is the most common. True, in other countries there are other uses of the plant. For example, North Americans use the raw material as a sweetener for ice cream, syrups, and jellies. It is also known that the American Indians used fireweed in one of their traditional desserts called "sxusem".
The roots, shoots and young leaves of the plant are allowed for food, however, they have a slightly bitter taste. It is noted that the plant is rich in various minerals and vitamins. Also, fireweed is an excellent honey plant, and, besides, the honey that is collected from it has wonderful healing properties and a rich spicy taste.
Traditional medicine uses plant raw materials to treat diseases of the stomach, kidneys, throat, prostate, bladder and intestines, as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is believed that a decoction of fireweed is an excellent remedy for insomnia, headache, internal bleeding and anemia. The properties of fireweed have helped it to be recognized in official medicine, where it is used to combat various diseases of the genitourinary system and prostate tumors.
For both medicinal and culinary purposes, small flowers, leaves and young stems of the plant are used. The harvesting of stems should start with cutting them, which is done very close to the ground (it is assumed that they can even be broken simply), and the prepared stems should be dried upside down with flowers in a well-ventilated area. It is not recommended to use for any purpose large and shaggy flowers that are purple or dark red.
To prepare medicinal tea, you need to pour 0.5 liters. boiling water 2 tablespoons of dried fireweed flowers, and then leave to infuse for a few minutes. This drink should be consumed exclusively before meals, but it is necessary to limit the use of two cups a day.
Absolutely all parts of the plant are rich in iron, tannins, tannins, flavonoids, manganese, as well as vitamins A and C.
The harm of fireweed
The plant can be harmful only with prolonged use, then some disturbances in the work of the intestines and stomach may appear.
Fireweed: prices in online pharmacies
Heritage of nature narrow-leaved fireweed raw vegetable chopped 1 g 20 pcs.
Herbal tea Altai Fireweed herb Ivan-tea herbal tea 1.5 g 20 pcs.
Information about the drug is generalized, provided for informational purposes only and does not replace the official instructions. Self-medication is hazardous to health!