We already have a mother-and-stepmother in blossom. Several pictures were taken in the forest. Such bright yellow flowers are among the gray forest. The truth is here and there appears green grass. Spring pleases us with its warmth. It's already so warm that you can meet people in T-shirts. Walking through the forest, my eyes attracted yellow flowers, which, like flames, burn in the rays of a bright sun. I walked closer. This mother-and-stepmother is a medicinal plant that is widely used in folk medicine. The grass of the mother-and-stepmother is a perennial plant. Blossoms in the spring, and later appear green leaves. The plant blooms on wastelands, slopes, hills, over a cliff of rivers. Medicinal raw materials are flowers and leaves, which are used in nursing collections and as an expectorant. I want to talk today, about the medicinal properties and application, as well as the contraindications of the plant.
Flowers of mother-and-stepmother are somewhat similar to dandelion flowers, but they can not be confused. The mother-and-stepmother flowers are smaller than dandelions. The flowers of the mother-and-stepmother are yellow, collected in baskets, and when ripe they turn into fluffy heads.
The leaves of the plant are rounded, serrated. Above, the leaves are dark green and smooth, and the bottom is warm and covered with many white hairs. Touching the green side of the sheet can feel the cold, and touching the inside - heat. And that's why the plant got its name.
The mother-and-stepmother's plant is always in high esteem. Her mother prepared it, and if necessary she brewed with cough, with hoarseness of voice, with bronchitis. We had a natural and natural medicine. Mother and stepmother blossomed in the garden, so there was no need to go far beyond her.
Stocking of mother-and-stepmother.
The flowers are collected in dry weather. It is convenient to cut them with scissors. Leaflets harvested in June( cut or tear off), cut with the lower part of the petiole. Do this carefully, so as not to "pull out" the plant with the root. Both flowers and leaves choose not damaged, without rust and stains. For treatment, we used only leaflets. It is very important to prepare beautiful and not damaged leaves.
Dry the raw material in a shade or in a well-ventilated area. Lay out a thin layer on the fabric or paper. The leaves can be grinded, so it will be more convenient to store and use them. It is advisable to sign on the bank, box or bag, "leaves of mother and stepmother", so as not to confuse this plant with other medicinal grass. Store finished raw materials in cotton bags, cardboard boxes or glass jars. Shelf life 2 years. But every year we were preparing a new portion of raw materials.
Grass mother and stepmother. Therapeutic properties of
Leaves of mother-and-stepmother are used for diseases of the upper respiratory tract, in the form of infusions, decoctions. The leaves and flowers contain vitamin C, carotene, essential oils, tannins, glycosides.
- The leaves have an expectorant, anti-inflammatory, disinfecting medicinal property.
- This plant is used for diseases of the oral cavity. In diseases of the oral cavity, the decoction of mother-and-stepmother is used as a rinse.
- Mother-and-stepmother liquefies phlegm. Apply the plant with hoarseness, coughing, pneumonia, bronchitis. Effects are enveloping when coughing.
- The softening and anti-inflammatory properties of the herb are due to the mucus content of the leaflets and is enhanced by polysaccharides.
- Mother-and-stepmother preparations relieve spasm, disinfect, help to remove phlegm.
- Due to the presence of substances contained in the plant, the mother-and-stepmother stimulates the healing of the skin and mucous membranes.
- Infusion of leaflets is used even in the absence of appetite, as well as inflammation of the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract.
The use of infusion or decoction from mother-and-stepmother facilitates the course of the disease. It is a good remedy for cough and cold, and also for strengthening immunity.
Mother-and-stepmother, application in folk medicine
In folk medicine, the leaves of mother-and-stepmother are used mainly from cough, as a diaphoretic, expectorant.
Surprisingly, in Latin, the plant means "a distracting cough."No wonder that the drugs from the mother-and-stepmother are used to treat a cough. Mother-and-stepmother increases the volume of phlegm fluidizing and facilitating her departure. In addition to mother-and-stepmother, when using cough, a herb of thyme is used.
Infusion of leaves of mother-and-stepmother. As an expectorant, as well as when coughing, with hoarseness of voice, brew leaves of mother-and-stepmother. For this, a spoonful of grass is poured into a glass of boiling water. Insist about 20 - 30 minutes, filter and drink spoon 3-4 times a day.
Decoction of leaves of mother-and-stepmother. On a glass of water you need to take a spoon of crushed leaves of grass and boil for about five minutes in a water bath. Insist. Strain and bring boiled water to the original volume. Take a spoon every two hours.
For better sputum clearance in children and adults, simultaneously with taking medicinal infusions and decoctions, you should do chest massage for better separation and sputum discharge.
Here are such beautiful flowers of mother-and-stepmothers are blossoming in our forest. Yellow flowers, like a little sun, among the grayness of the spring forest.
If a fresh green leaf of mother-and-stepmother is applied to the forehead, then it is possible to remove fever and a headache. Only you need to apply the green( cold) side.
Broth for separating sputum from bronchitis. To prepare the broth, mix a spoonful of mother-and-stepmother, a spoonful of raspberries, an anise spoon and a lime-colored spoon in a saucepan. All pour a liter of water and boil for about 5 minutes over low heat. Set aside and let it brew for 15-20 minutes. Strain and take half a glass 3-4 times a day.
Juice from fresh leaves of mother-and-stepmother is dripping into the nose with a cold.1-2 drops in each nostril. With a cold, you can also use Kalanchoe. More information about this plant can be found in the article "Kalanchoe, medicinal properties".
For colds and viral diseases, as well as for high temperatures, doctors recommend drinking more. You can drink tea from the viburnum, raspberry, linden, chamomile, cranberry. You can add natural honey to the drink.
Mother-and-stepmother has a restorative effect on the body. Preparations from mother-and-stepmother can be an excellent addition in the treatment of medicines.
Contra-indication of coltsfoot
Remember that compliance with dosages when using infusion or a decoction of mother and stepmother is very important. A lot, does not mean good. It is also better not to take drugs for more than 3-4 weeks.
- The use of mother-and-stepmother is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation.
- With individual intolerance or allergy to the plant.
- A prolonged use of infusion or decoction of the plant in large doses negatively affects the liver.
As for children, opinions differ here, according to one source children should not be given drugs from mother-and-stepmother to 2 years, others - up to 12 years. So, if you have decided to treat your cough with grass as a mother-and-stepmother, consult your doctor.