Heather - This name belongs to this evergreen branchy shrub. Its copper-brown stems spread along the ground, and the shoots sometimes grow to 80 cm. Often, the heather grows several kilometers. Heather leaves are very small, thin, dark green and as if wrapped in a straw. Therefore, at first glance, the heather resembles a miniature conifer tree. The flowers of this plant are also small, lilac and pink. If you look closer, the heather flowers are like tiny bells. The fruits of heather are the same tiny seed boxes that are carried by the wind.
It is surprising that heather lives for quite a long time - up to 45 years. Distributed he is in the central part of Russia, in Siberia, in the Urals, in Ukraine, in Belarus, Latvia, Scandinavia, Greenland, Scotland and other countries.
Heather generously blooms long enough period: from July to late autumn. This time is considered ideal for its collection and procurement. Used for medicinal purposes flowers and leaves, which need to be cut carefully, without damaging the roots. The fact is that heather likes to grow in clear pine forests, on wastelands, near peatlands, on poor sandy soils. And in the summer, in warm, dry weather, it is very easy to take the whole plant out of the ground.
Young branches with flowers and leaves should dry in the air, in the shade, in the attic, cut into small pieces and scattered on fabric or clean paper. For the storage of dry raw materials suitable cardboard boxes and glass jars. Shelf life - up to two years.
This forest plant is very is useful: It contains organic acids, calcium, potassium, starch, carotene, phosphorus, sodium, flavonoids, tannins and minerals. Heather has a disinfectant, antiseptic, wound healing, cleansing, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, mild sedative effect. It is important to note that eating heather is not recommended for stomach diseases with low acidity.
If insomnia, atherosclerosis, dizziness and nervous system disorders will benefit decoction from the young shoots of heather. For this 2 tbsp. l dry raw materials need to be poured with a liter of water, cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, leave for 4–5 hours, warm, strain and drink as tea. This broth is drunk 100 ml three times a day before meals for diseases of the bladder, rheumatism and kidney stones. With sand in the kidneys can be prepared and such infusion: 40 g of harvested grass pour 1 liter of boiling water, insist 2 hours, strain, use 50 ml 4 times a day before meals.
Heath is really useful in cases of such illnesses as neurosis, gastritis, colitis, indigestion, cholecystitis, prostatitis, obesity. The next infusion of heather: 1 tbsp. l chopped herbs pour 400 ml boiling water, insist 2 hours, strain and drink 100 ml 4 times daily before meals. Same infusion rinse throat with sore throat and tonsillitis, oral cavity during stomatitis.
Heather will help with bone fractures, radiculitis and rheumatism: 3 tbsp. l dry plants insist 2 hours per liter of boiling water and use for local and general baths. Heather flowers are prepared powdersprinkled with unhealed wounds, ulcers, burns, treat eczema.
For strengthen and accelerate hair growth an infusion of heather leaves and flowers, nettle roots and burdock roots should be rubbed into the scalp, taking all in equal proportions (1 tablespoon per 400 ml of water).
In addition, great drinks are made from heather. For example, tea: mix 50 g dry flowers, 50 g rosehip petals and 100 g strawberry leaves. Brew such a tea should be based on 10−15 g of the mixture per cup of boiling water, infuse for 5−10 minutes. Such a fragrant and tasty tea has antiseptic and tonic properties. And for a sweet and deep sleep, add honey to it.
Can cook heather syrup. This will require 20 g of flowers, 500 g of sugar, 1 l of water. Pour boiling water over the flowers, leave for a day, strain, add sugar, bring to a boil and pour over the glass jars. Finally, a recipe for a heather drink is widespread; 2 ways. 5 g of dried flowers in 1 liter of water boil for 3 minutes, discard the grass, add 80 g of honey, stir. To prepare the heather drink in the second method, you need to take 40 ml of heather syrup, 20 g of currant leaf, 300 ml of water. Currant leaves boil for 7 minutes, strain, then add the syrup. Drink heather drink better chilled.
In addition, heather is a wonderful honey plant. Its pollen gives honey a tart, peculiar taste. This forest plant has long been cultivated, now its various species can often be seen on garden plots and urban lawns. After all, the "purple clouds" of heather symbolize the dream of a joyous and such fleeting season - summer.