In Russia, from ancient times, they knew and actively used for such various purposes such long-standing grass as ivan-tea. The benefits and harms of it were tested not by a single generation of Rusich, but recipes for medicinal broths and drinks from it were inherited.About this, what this grass, how it looks and what it can be used in modern life, this article will tell.
Before describing the botanical characteristics of this plant, let's recall what it looks like. Each of us saw the grass repeatedly, but that's what it's called Ivan the tea, and could not guess. On the glades and roads, on deforestation and burnt areas since the end of spring, you can see this grass. The plant is quite high and can grow up to two meters under favorable conditions. The leaves are long and narrow, and the top is decorated with an inflorescence in the form of a pyrene of siren-pink color. This is Chamerion angustifolium, better known to us as a narrow-leaved willow-tea.
This perennial herb belongs to the Kypreiny family and is widespread throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Today we know about 50 different types of willow-tea, growing on Earth. There are 17 species of this plant on the European territory of our country.
The stem of the willow-tea is erect and solitary, it can grow up to 2 meters in height. The root is creeping and powerful, its average length is about 1 m. Leaves are pointed oval in shape, with short petioles. Large, brightly colored in lilac-pink or purple hues, the flowers are gathered in a conical brush on the top of the plant. Blossomed in the middle of June, and continues to bloom for about one and a half months. After the fruit is formed - elongated boxes up to 8 cm long, filled with many small seeds with a crest. Thanks to such an adaptation, the seeds can spread by wind over considerable distances. Thanks to the many additional kidneys developing at the base of the root system, it is easy to vegetatively propagate ivan-tea. The benefit and harm of such a rapid and active spread is that this representative of the flora can quickly fill itself with places of forest fires, thus contributing to faster growth of bushes and trees. On the other hand, if you have a dacha plot, overgrown with this grass, then it will be very difficult to overcome it.Left a small piece of rhizome with the kidney next spring will turn into a full-fledged plant, and if you miss the moment of ripening of the seeds, the wind will be able to bring them even where there was no Ivan-tea before.
How to properly call it?
For centuries people have called Ivan the tea in different ways. The properties and external characteristics of the plant gave rise to such names as:
Breadbasket Ivan-tea began to be called because in former times dried and ground it was added to flour when kneaded and baked bread.
And what is in it?
In such a simple and everywhere found plant, like a spray, as scientists have found, contains a lot of minerals, vitamins and other necessary and useful substances for humans. First of all, it should be said that the leaves of this plant are several times higher than any citrus in the content of vitamin C, so that they can be used in the preparation of various vegetable spring mixes and vitamin salads.As a result of the research it was found that the ivan-tea properties are antioxidant, contributes to the slowing down of aging cells and the development of cancer.
In addition, in the composition of Ivan tea there are flavonoids such as quercetin and camferol, pyrogallic tannins and pectins, coumarins and organic acids are present. This herb contains such minerals and trace elements as iron and calcium, potassium and copper, magnesium and manganese, phosphorus and molybdenum, nickel and selenium, zinc and titanium, boron and sodium.
About the healing properties of Ivan the tea, the Russian people already knew in the XII century, used it, and the poor and rich. In which cases does it help?
- As a sedative, relaxing and hypnotic.
- Has anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and mild sweatshop effect.
- Relieves headache and effectively helps with migraine attacks.
- Promotes an increase in the body's synthesis of T-lymphocytes, acting as an immunostimulant.
- Effectively fights pathogens.
- Accelerates the metabolism, which makes it possible to use it to treat diseases of the digestive system and combat excess weight.
- Used to prevent and treat prostate and prostate diseases.
How to make tea?
It should be remembered that from such plants as medicinal ivan-tea, it is possible to prepare several types of medicinal tea drinks, as well as various decoctions and infusions. The easiest way to get a cup of this drink is to buy a pack of already prepared and dried grass packed in sachets in a pharmacy.Fill with boiling water, we insist for several minutes - and you can drink. However, it is better to buy kiprej not in bags, and in the form of a dry grass. The question arises: "How to brew the willow-tea properly?" One person needs to take about 2-3 g of dry grass, pour 200 ml of boiling water and close the saucer. Tea is brewed, after 10-15 minutes it can be drunk. It is worth remembering that you can use it only before meals and no more than two cups a day.
Cooking broth and infusion
Having learned how to properly make a tea, let's find out how to make a medicinal decoction from it: take 3 tablespoons of dried flowers and leaves, then pour them a glass of boiling water in an enameled container. We keep the dishes with grass and water in a mildly bubbling water bath for 10-15 minutes. Then cool the broth at room temperature and squeeze the thick with gauze. It should be taken before or during meals for a couple of tablespoons. Store the resulting broth can be no more than five days in the refrigerator.
To prepare the infusion from the spray, take 20 g of dry collection of willow-tea, pour 200 ml of boiling water and insist for two hours at room temperature. Then it is filtered and taken 3 times a day for 1 tablespoon before eating.
Do not overdo it!
There are no special restrictions for the use of such herbs as ivan-tea. The benefits and harms depend only on whether the recommended dosage is observed. Since cyprus has quite strong antipyretic and sedative properties, doctors do not recommend taking drinks from it together with pharmaceutical preparations of a similar effect. In addition, one should not drink tea from this plant every day, as with frequent intake begins to accumulate coumarins in the liver and have a toxic effect on it.
There are a number of painful conditions and diseases in which should be used with caution ivan-tea. The benefits and harms of it should be especially carefully monitored by doctors when taking the remedy by patients with:
- varicose veins;
It is not necessary to apply ivan-tea to children under 6 years of age, and afterwards should be used as carefully as possible. Pregnant and lactating women, so as not to harm the child, you must get a consultation with your doctor before you start taking herbal teas or infusions of Cypriots.
How much does it cost?
In the pharmacy you can buy a willow-tea, the price of which can vary from 55 rubles and above for 50 g. The cost of grass depends on the manufacturer and the place of collection of the spray. Of course, it is better to find, collect and dry it yourself, but here are ecologically clean places where this plant grows, quite a few. Yes, and with free time in modern people is quite problematic. In stores, too, you can find a willow-tea, the price will only be several times greater than in the pharmacy. For the same 50 g will have to pay from 130 rubles and more. The assortment there, of course, is richer: there are mixtures of spraying with various medicinal herbs and medicinal flowers.
Where and for how much to buy Ivan tea, it's up to you, but remember that before you start taking this natural remedy, you need to consult with the doctor watching you, so as not to harm your own health.