Our grandparents have long appreciated the benefit of calluna vulgaris. This small, evergreen shrub with the pale pink inflorescences amazes with the abundance of useful properties, but also surprises with its unexpected duration of life. So, calluna vulgaris lives up to 45 years, greatly broaden to several kilometers around.
This plant is practically unpretentious to the growing conditions − it could easily grow on the hillsides, the wastelands, the swamps or in the woods. The use of calluna, regardless of the place of its habitat is enormous. The plant is used in folk-medicine and cosmetology, and in this article we will explain what useful properties has the сalluna, and how to properly use it.
Composition and Gathering of Calluna
This plant is gathering from June to September. Just at this time the plant contains the highest concentration of nutrients. The grass is cut away about half its height, then dry in a warm and dry place.
There are the glycosides, the arbutin, a large amount of tannins, the fumaric and сіtric acid in the сalluna's composition. Also, the flavone and the other nutrients present there.
The drugs on the basis of calluna are taking as sedative, soporific and diuretic remedies. The calluna vulgaris is used as an expectorant and hemostatic product, is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, has astringent and wound-healing effects.
With the development of atherosclerosis, during the insomnia and other disorders of the nervous system, they are used the calluna decoctions. During the ailments of digestive tract, the inflammation of mucosa, the chronic gastritis, or the colitis, just the calluna helps. This plant helps cope even with the high acidity and is useful in the obesity.
The calluna vulgaris helps get rid of inflammation in the organism, oral cavity and throat. In particular, it is expedient to apply it for the duration of stomatitis, tonsillitis or pharyngitis. Rinsing the mouth and throat with the decoction of calluna will help cope with these diseases. However, with clear evidence of tuberculosis, you should take the alcohol's tincture with this plant.
The calluna saves from his wounds, ulcers and burns, helps cope with eczema and other dermatological problems. The calluna vulgaris is useful with the rheumatism, and also the radicular pains. In this case, it is added in the bath. It helps cure the gout, expels the sand from the kidneys and very useful in the cystitis.
This plant is widely used in the cosmetology, especially for a hair health. So, the calluna helps keep your hair beautiful and strong, accelerate their growth and slow down the hair loss. Based on the calluna the very valuable honey is made, as this grass itself is considered an excellent honey plant. The distinctive feature of calluna honey is a rich aroma, its dark red hue and the ability to jellify itself, not to crystallize. Thus, the calluna honey remains liquid all the time, though, and thick, but not solid, as other sorts of floral honey.
The calluna's teas are helpful for a good night's sleeping. It is enough to add to the tea with the calluna vulgaris, a spoonful of honey, thus to ensure a strong, healthy sleep. The calluna accelerates the blood coagulation, so on the one hand − it is useful for those who suffer from reduced coagulability, on the other − one should be careful of those who have a predisposition to the thick blood.
Recipes and Ways to Use Calluna Vulgaris
As mentioned earlier, the calluna vulgaris is not consumed in fresh form. Based on it, they make decoctions, infusions, teas, and other useful products. You should know how to prepare and cook the calluna. Therefore, we will give some valuable recipes for its right preparing.
With the development of kidney disease, liver and gall bladder, gout and rheumatism in the joints, you need 0.7 oz of grass pour over one cup of boiling water, boil in a water bath for 15 minutes, insist 45 minutes and filter. Take one third of cup two-three times a day before meals.
In the gastritis with a high acidity, the enteritis and colitis, the diarrhea, you need 0.7 oz of grass pour over two cups of boiling water in a thermos, insist two hours and filter. Take for a half cup four times a day.
In the atherosclerosis and arthritis, the nervous exhaustion, or the insomnia two tablespoons of chopped herb poured 34 oz of water, stew 15 minutes on a low heat, infuse, then, wrap for a night and filter. Drink as tea or water at any time of the day. The course of treatment is three months, two weeks break and repeats the course.
With the cystitis and the puffiness it needs 0.4 oz of grass pour over one cup of boiling water, stew on a water bath for 30 minutes, insist 10 minutes and filter. Take two tablespoons three-four times daily before meals.
With the bronchitis or the tuberculosis one tablespoon (heaped) of chopped calluna pours with 17 oz of boiling water, stew on a low heat for 10 minutes, insist, wrap for three hours and filter. Take a half of cup two times a day.
A tea from the calluna vulgaris is useful for the insomnia and the gastritis, the heart disease and the neurasthenia. So, it should be one teaspoon of herb, pour over a quart of boiling water for 10 minutes and then filter. Take this tea in the warm form, small sips, for one cup a day.
Baths with the calluna. Such baths are useful for the edema of legs and the rheumatism, with the radiculitis and the gout, the luxations or the bruises, as well as the fractures of bones. It should be a little more than two oz of grass pour 14 pints of boiling water, insist 30 minutes and filter. Pour into a bath with a water temperature of 95-99 °F, the duration of the procedure is 15-20 minutes.
Compresses can often be used for diseases of joints and rheumatism, arthritis and polyarthritis, gout. It is necessary to pour one tablespoon of calluna with one and a half of cups of boiling water, insist in a thermos for two hours and filter. Fold the gauze in two-three layers, abundantly moisten with the mixture. Apply to the sore spots for 30-60 minutes one-two times a day.
Such simple, but useful recipes with the using of calluna vulgaris will be useful in the treatment of many ailments. Do not forget that the plant has its own contraindications, which include the individual intolerance, cannot be used with the reduced acidity, as well as for the people suffering from constipation and for those who are concerned about drowsiness and frequent loss of activity.