Loosestrife - a perennial herb of the family lythraceae Direct Staley and powerful woody roots. Other popular names of this plant - crybaby - grass, podberezhnik. Loosestrife grows grass in temperate zones of Eurasia, widespread in Russia, Belarus, the Caucasus and Ukraine. Generally, this plant can be found in marshes, riverside flood plains. In total more than 15 species of loosestrife, but the most common - loosestrife ivolisty (who has healing properties). This plant is a good honey plant, it is possible loosestrife growing in the garden plots.
Medicinal properties loosestrife
This plant has a tannic, wound-healing, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, hemostatics and diuretic properties.
For therapeutic purposes, using all parts of loosestrife - roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds. The roots of this plant are rich in tannins, its seeds contain alkaloids (glycoside litrarin), leaves - salikarin glycosides, essential oils, resin. Loosestrife flowers are rich in flavones.
The use of traditional medicine
In folk medicine, herb loosestrife is used in the treatment of acute intestinal infections, chronic gastritis and colitis. Astringent and anti-inflammatory effects of this plant make it indispensable in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Also, it is used for fever, colds, diseases of the sexual sphere.
Loosestrife is used for the treatment of gestational toxicosis (as antiemetic). This herb is a member of some homeopathic remedies. Broth loosestrife has a hemostatic effect and helps to stop bleeding of various origins (uterine, gastrointestinal and outdoor).
Infusion of herbs and flowers of this plant are used externally for skin diseases (such as eczema) as well as for washing festering wounds.
Loosestrife tea is very good for neurological diseases, depression, hysteria, asthenic syndrome. Broth this plant are added to the baths in the treatment of epilepsy traditional methods.
Decoctions, infusions and tinctures made from loosestrife roots or tops of flowering plants.
To prepare the infusion must be 5 g (1 tsp) chopped dry grass pour 250 ml of boiling water and infuse for 4 hours. Then infusion filter and take into 1/3 cup 3 times a day.
Tincture loosestrife is prepared as follows: crushed part of the plant (roots, stems, flowers) filled with 76% alcohol (or vodka) 1:10 and insist 2 weeks in a cool dark place. The solution should filter and take 20-40 drops 3 times a day before meals (pre-diluted in 50 ml of water).
The broth is made from the roots of loosestrife. To do this, 1 teaspoon minced raw pour 250 ml of water, boil for 5 minutes over low heat. Then the broth infused over 1 hour, filter. Take a decoction should, ¼ cup 3 times a day before meals. Broth loosestrife is taken as a diuretic for edema and kidney disease.
Fresh leaves can be made healing wounds. For this purpose the leaves are crushed to a pulp and applied to the wound area.
Cultivation loosestrife possible in vitro to "pharmaceutical" beds, he loves the neighborhood with mint devyasilom, oregano and motherwort.
Contraindications to the use of loosestrife
This plant is not recommended to use for people with an increased risk tromoobrazovaniya, disorders of blood coagulation. It should also be used in the treatment of grass loosestrife atonic constipation in the elderly. When hypertension is a plant should be used with caution, since loosestrife leads to vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels).