The people called the canine tooth wheatgrass or wheatgrass.
It belongs to the family of grasses. Flowering plants can reach heights of more than a meter. They form a dense continuous thickets. The grass has dark green leaves are flat and linear, and the flowers in his rather simple - like the flowers of other plants belonging to the grass family. Collected flowers on 4-7 pieces in small spikes, which form the apical long ears, which can reach a length of 15 cm.
Fruit of wheatgrass - this weevil, which is similar to wheat, to 0, 5 cm in length.
The flowering period is from May to June, and the plant bears fruit in July-September.
Distributed grass across Asia and Europe, except for the dark forests and deserts. Well grows on forest edges and glades, but often inhabits fields, gardens, orchards, meadows and deposits.
The ancient Latin name of wheatgrass in Russian translates as "fire creeping fields." The appearance of the grass in the fields of disaster compared to the fire. Incidentally, in the normal plant seeds hardly develop. And the seeds of it to anything, because the grass is very quickly spreads vegetatively reproduce. Rhizome in wheatgrass - underground and branched, has a large number of kidneys.
Procurement of raw materials
Harvested wheat grass rhizomes are best when spring or autumn digging area, as it was at this time in the plant contains the maximum number of active substances.
Dug out the roots need to shake off the soil and cleaned of leaves and stems. Dried grass, spreading a thin layer. In hot and dry weather allowed the plant to dry directly in the sun. Dried rhizome is necessary to lay down in a heap, and then carefully grind by hand (it looks like washed linen or knead the dough). When harvesting of raw wheat grass to be removed from the big roots all the small roots, leaves and soil residues.
The rhizomes are stored in tightly closed cans as well as any other carbohydrate raw materials. By the way, the plant is very easily damaged by any pests such as weevils, moths and beetles. Shelf life of properly harvested raw material is 2-3 years.
The use of wheatgrass
The rhizomes contain salts of malic acid, proteins, mineral salts, mucous substances, fatty oil, saponin, ascorbic acid, carotene, an essential oil, carbohydrates (levulose, mannitol and trititsin) and glyukovanilin agropilen.
Properties of wheat grass is widely used in medicine. It is noted that the plant is malicious, but if used correctly it can be of great benefit. In many countries, it is considered a good herb pharmacopoeia raw materials. Treatment couch grass produced in metabolic disorders. The herb is considered diaphoretic regulating salt metabolism, laxative, diuretic and expectorant.
In addition to the therapeutic properties, couch, or rather its rhizome, it has considerable nutritional value. Particularly useful rhizomes were hungry years, then they were ground into flour and dried and baked bread. It is also cleared from the ground rhizomes are perfect as raw material for livestock
In pyree it contains a lot of useful substances such as fructose, silicic acid (used to strengthen the blood vessels of the circulatory system), protein substances, and polysaccharides. Treatment couch grass is made of rheumatism, cystitis, kidney stones and gallstones, gastritis, hemorrhoids, diathesis, bronchitis, pneumonia, hepatitis, diabetes.
To prepare infusion repens necessary pour 400 ml of cold water 10 g of raw material, and then press the mixture for 12 hours in a dark place. The resulting infusion is necessary to drain, pour the roots of another cup of boiling water and leave for another hour. The two mixtures together, take an infusion of half a cup three times a day.
The juice of wheat grass is expedient to harvest in the fall.
It must be extracted from the roots washed and scalded. To make it easier pressing, you can scroll through the roots initially through a meat grinder. Pressed juice must be mixed in equal parts with water and boil for a few minutes. Take half a cup recommend three times a day before meals. Treatment couch grass in the form of juice produced and gallstones, only here will approach the juice from the leaves and stems of plants.
The properties of wheatgrass will be useful in chronic abrasions. To do this, pour a liter of boiling water 8 tablespoons shredded and dried roots. Infuse the mixture 3 hours and take 3-4 weeks to 3 cups a day.
In the form of enemas can be used broth plants for chronic constipation. It can also be added to the bath to treat scrofula and many other skin diseases.
Wheatgrass brings only harm gardeners because it is trash culture that spreads very quickly.