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Swiss chard − Use and Application

This very interesting and tasty plant can be called a "Swiss chard". Simply put, the Swiss chard is a beet, but not quite ordinary. In contrast to the usual vegetable, which we value for a delicious and nutritious root crop, this chard has the edible leaves, but the inedible root. In turn, the Swiss chards themselves are of two types − petiolate and foliar. 

The second type of Swiss chard has large, tender and fleshy leaves, which are very tasty, healthy and nutritious. The petiolate chard has the multi-colored stems because of what this plant is grown even for the decorative purposes. 

At present, the Swiss chard always remains a popular product because its leaves and petioles have the exquisite taste, and somehow resemble the taste of corn. The Swiss chard's greenery is used as a cold appetizer or garnish; in addition, they are used making mashed potatoes and also salted and canned products. The chard's petioles are used generally for stewing, baking, frying like the asparagus-style beans. 

Useful Properties of Chard 

In spite of its invaluable taste, the Swiss chard has a wide useful spectrum of action. Many useful properties of this plant are in its composition. So, in the composition of this plant there are the calcium and the vitamin K − these substances have a positive effect on the state of your teeth and bones, and also the magnesium, which stimulates their growth. 

The ferrum, which is a part of Swiss chard too, is an excellent preventive against the anemia. There is the lilac acid in the plant, and the dietary fibre is abundantly present here, which helps restore the normal blood's sugar levels. 

Antioxidants, also presented in the chard, improve the health of your hair and effectively prolong the youth of cells and skin, and, as a result, the whole human organism. A group of vitamins B improves the brain activity, and lutein is necessary for normal vision. The useful properties of chard are known for a long time. This plant was used as a blood cleanser, people treated infectious diseases with its help, as well as various infections and contaminations. The Swiss chard helps get rid of fever, and often, it was used to combat the skin diseases. 

The chard's properties provide health for the heart and the entire cardiovascular system. It improves the blood coagulability, significantly increases the level of hemoglobin, beneficial effect for the hematomas and the internal bleeding. The chard's positive effect is on the pancreas, prevents the development of cancer, helps reduce the blood pressure. 

Swiss Chard as Cosmetic Tool 

Long since, the plant has been used in the cosmetic procedures. The Swiss chard perfectly nourishes and moisturizes the skin, helps cleanse the skin, and also has a rejuvenating effect. This plant affects the health of hair, speeding up their growth and strengthening the bulbs. In addition, the chard makes the strands shine, and also helps get rid of dandruff. 

For example, you can make next cosmetics and masks from the Swiss chard: 

1. Slice the chard leaves, fill them with the boiling water, so that they form a mushy mass, then, add one tablespoon of honey. Place the warm product on one layer of gauze and cover it on the top with the other one, and then affix it to your face. Soak for 25 minutes, then, wash off it. 

2. A few leaves of chard are flushed with the boiling water, cool a little and put on the face skin. After 20 minutes, remove.

3. Squeeze out the soak from the chard. If hair loss occurs, rub it daily in the evening and leave it overnight. It must be done at least during one-two months. To eliminate the dandruff and improve the condition of hair, rub the chard's juice in the scalp and apply on strands half an hour before washing them.

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