Useful properties and applications nasturtium in folk medicine
In urban parks and private estates are grown quite unpretentious flower – nasturtium, otherwise known as Capuchin. Initially, the plant was common in South America and later came to Europe. Scientists comprise more than 25 species of nasturtium.
Looks like a plant
Nasturtium is a perennial or annual herbaceous plant with slightly twisted branching naked stem. Regardless of the type, the length can vary from 30 cm to 200 cm.
The leaves are lobed, thyroid or palchatorazdelnye. Flowers solitary, axillary, bisexual, sigamore. Have an irregular shape. The calyx consists of five petals and a spur at the base. Flower color orange, yellow, pink.
The fruit collection, consists of three rounded lobes wrinkled seeded. The plant blooms from June to August. The taste resembles the taste of capers, which are eaten as a spice. The stems and flowers of nasturtium have medicinal properties.
How to collect and harvest plant
The nasturtium is collected and harvested throughout the growing season. For culinary purposes herbs are harvested from June to September, and for the treatment during the flowering period. Nasturtium perfectly amenable to drying and freezing. The ripe seeds “of pea” fall off spontaneously, so if you want to collect, you need to be very careful. Shoot the fruits as they Mature(with bright green seeds they become whitish and rather easily separated from the pedicle).
Dried herb in hot and absolutely dry place, spreading a thin layer with periodic stirring. Store raw in a “breathable containers” for two years.
Recipes from nasturtium
The juice of the plant in treatment of diseases of the urinary tract (pyelonephritis ), non-specific urethritis. acute and chronic cystitis. Administered three times a day a dessert spoon.
A decoction is used to treat pneumonia, chronic and acute bronchitis. bronchial asthma, emphysema. For its existence will need chopped herb (1 tbsp. lodges.) and boiling water (1 Cup). The plant is filled with water and in addition put on 20 minutes in a water bath. Cool, filter and add the resulting mass to its original. Take three times a day (1/3 Cup).
Good effect was noted when using the juice and decoction as a means, improves blood circulation, dilates blood vessels, used in coronary heart disease. Tincture from the flowers and leaves: dry the crushed raw material (20 gr.) pour boiling water (1 glass). After half an hour, strain. Take 2-3 tbsp. lodges. 3-4 times a day in diseases of the cardiovascular system. Juice (one dessert spoon three times per day) use in ischemic disease.
Infusion from the leaves is used as laxative. It is effective and in diseases of the lymph nodes, lung failure and chronic bronchitis. Infusion: the leaves (10 gr.) pour boiling water (one liter). After half an hour, strain. Drink 3 times a day (1/2 Cup).
To stimulate hair growth, with a decoction of fruits and leaves is rubbed into the scalp. A decoction of the leaves (30 g.), the fruits and buds are boiled in a water bath in a liter of water for 15 minutes. Broth add boiled and cooled pure water (the initial amount). This recipe will protect your hair from falling out.
Alcohol tincture is used for bronchitis (as an expectorant) and emphysema in the lungs. Tincture is prepared from the whole plant 1.5 art. spoons of raw materials (milled dry buds and leaves) pour vodka (200 grams). The tool can withstand two weeks in a dark place with constant shaking. Reception – 25 drops three times per day.
Immature fruits are used in scurvy. The decoction, sweetened with honey, to treat thrush and stomatitis in children.
When hair loss use lotion with cress, nettle and Potentilla. Fresh nettle leaves and nasturtium (100 gr.) and crushed rhizome Potentilla anserina (10 gr.) pour 40% alcohol (500 ml.). With frequent shaking insist 15 days. Ready means a day rubbed into the hair. Do not allow contact with eyes.
For General strengthening of the immune system prepare vitamin salad. Young leaves (100 gr.) finely cut, add the lemon juice, dill, bell pepper (one finely chopped) and fill with sour cream (2 tbsp. lodges.).
In collecting the flowers and leaves are used to treat cancer. In the intervals between intensive courses of antibiotics, use drugs with nasturtium, as the plant is antiscorbutic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and improves the exchange properties.
Contraindications and usage
The drugs are contraindicated for persons suffering from stomach ulcers or gastritis. Also do not use the nasturtium, if you are hypersensitive. In other cases, under the supervision of a physician carry out the technique, which must be strict and do not exceed the indicated norms.