Mother-and-stepmother is a herbaceous plant of the family Compositae. A distinctive feature is the flowering before the appearance of leaves. It is a small bush, with long branched rhizomes strewn with bright yellow flowers. What the mother-and-stepmother looks like can be seen in the photo.
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Mother-and-stepmother about medicinal properties and contraindications
Plant and photo description
Mother-and-stepmother begins her flowering in early spring. During this period yellow flowers appear in the form of bells, collected in baskets. They have a tubular structure. The color photo shows their brightness and unusual shape.
The leaves are heart-shaped. On the one hand, they are warm and soft, due to less evaporation of moisture, and on the other - rough and cold. As a result of this peculiarity of growth, the mother-and-stepmother received her name. On the photo of the plant you can see this feature.
Mother-and-stepmother grows in clay and sandy soils. The plant can be found at the roadside, along the banks of rivers, on the fringes of the forest. Territorially, the mother-and-stepmother is common in some regions of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Western Europe.
Harvesting and harvesting
Harvesting from a plant should be in good weather. It is at this moment that the flowers blossom fully. They should be dried immediately after collection, so that they are not wrinkled. Despite the fact that the flowers are very useful and used as a medicine in folk medicine, the leaves and grass of mother-and-stepmother possess the greatest medicinal properties.
Immediately after harvesting, it is required to finely chop the leaves - this will help to preserve the medicinal properties of the plant as much as possible. Put them in a thin even layer on the surface and dry in a shady place with ventilation.
It's important to remember! To plant a mother-and-stepmother, you should choose a place well lit by the sun! Thanks to this, the plant will keep all its useful substances in full, unlike those that grow in the shade.
The healing properties of the mother-and-stepmother
Mother-and-stepmother is known for its ability to cure all kinds of cough, thanks to its expectorant effect. Also has such properties useful for the human body:
- is used to treat diseases of the oral cavity;
- dilutes sputum, which is used in the treatment of cough, bronchitis, pneumonia, and restores a husky and hoarse voice;
- prevents the spread of pathogenic infection with a virus or infection;
- removes inflammatory processes during the period of catarrhal diseases;
- promotes the healing of purulent wounds on the skin;
- restores normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract due to its enveloping properties.
It is actively used in folk medicine for preparation of various medicinal broths and infusions. Mother-and-stepmother contributes to the treatment of such diseases:
- laryngitis, pharyngitis;
- whooping cough, pneumonia;
- acute bronchitis, bronchial asthma;
- tuberculosis, cough in smokers with experience;
- inflammatory processes of the genitourinary and renal system;
- mastitis, allergic rashes;
- skin diseases, accompanied by purulent formations;
- varicose veins.
Traditional medicine has long recognized this plant as a medicinal plant and actively uses it as its main ingredient in many medications.
Prescriptions for the preparation of medicines based on the plant
There are many recipes in folk medicine using this plant. Diseases that are effectively treated with such medications, as well as recipes for their preparation, should be considered in detail.
Hoarseness of voice
For preparation, dried grass of coltsfoot will be required in the amount of 1 tbsp.l., which should be filled with 1 glass of steep boiling water. Leave to stand for about 30 minutes. After the time has elapsed, strain the medication and use 1 tbsp.l.4 times a day.
Bronchitis, inflammation of the lungs
It should take 1 tbsp.l.finely chopped dried leaves of this plant, pour 1 glass of water and leave to simmer for 10 minutes. Leave the resulting broth for 1 hour, strain and consume 1 tbsp.l.every 2 hours.
To prepare the medicine you will need flowers of mother-and-stepmother, raspberry, anise and lime blossom in equal proportions. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients. Take 5 tbsp.l.of the mixture, pour 1 liter of water, put on fire. Boil for about 5 minutes. After the time has elapsed, allow to stand for 15 minutes. Broth strain and take 100 ml 4 times a day.
Fresh, finely chopped plant leaves are needed, which should be placed in a container in a small layer. Top with a small amount of sugar. Make a couple more of these layers. Tightly clog the container with a lid and put in a cool dry place for 1 week. After the time, when the mixture becomes a uniform consistency, add a little liquid honey. Thoroughly mix the medicine and use it in the form of a compress, without removing it until full recovery. Change dressing should be 1 time per day.
Purulent inflammation on the skin
To get rid of small pimples, it is enough to extract fresh juice from mother-and-stepmother and treat them affected places 5 times a day. In this way, new growths are well dried and soon disappear.
Leaves of mother-and-stepmother in the amount of 2 tbsp.l.pour 1 cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 8 hours. After that, strain and use this infusion 4 times a day for 2 tbsp.l. The duration of such treatment should be 3 weeks.
Excessive deposition of
salts To remove salts from the body, take the ground leaves of the plant and lay them evenly in a jar. Pour a small layer of rock salt. The remaining empty space should be poured with cleaned hot water, put in the refrigerator and take the resulting gruel at 1 tbsp.l.3 times a day.
It will take 1 tbsp.l.the main ingredient, pour 1 cup of boiling water, insist about 30 minutes. Take 1 tbsp.l.ready broth 3 times a day, can often. Depending on the degree of the disease, you can increase the amount of medication consumed.
Strengthening the immunity of
Finely chop the leaves of the plant and lay them on the bottom of a liter jar. Top with a small layer of granulated sugar. Make a couple more of these layers. How many they will be - does not matter. Roll up the jar and leave it for a few months. After the time has elapsed, open the jar. A homogeneous mass should be obtained. Add 2 tbsp.l.honey and mix well. Take the prepared product for 1 tbsp.l.4 times a day. If the medicine is hard to drink, then you can drink it with an abundant amount of water.
It's important to remember! Before using the mother-and-stepmother as a medicine, you should consult a specialist! He will tell you the correct dosage in each individual case.
Contraindications to the use of
Mother-and-stepmother is not recommended for use in such groups of individuals:
- in pregnant women or during lactation;
- for children under 2 years;
- to persons with diseases of the hepatic system;
- people who abuse alcohol.
You should carefully listen to the recommendations of a specialist in order to clearly understand whether it is possible and in what doses to use this plant in order to be cured, rather than do harm.