Heather - evergreen shrub strongly branching from the same family of heather. It grows in Europe, the Atlantic coast of North America, North Africa, Greenland, in the temperate zone of Asia. Heather plant is widespread in Russia, it can be found in its European part and Siberia. Basically shrub found in forests, peat bogs. With some other plants can form specific heather bushes, called moors. In this way only one kind - ling. It contains several dozens of varieties, which differ in the color of flowers and leaves.
Medicinal properties of heather
Medicinal properties of heather long been known and is widely used in folk medicine, for this are used as flowers and plants sheets. Collection materials produced during flowering shoots removed upper part together with flowers, then the material is dried in the shade, spreading on the fabric in one layer. The collected raw materials can be used for 1 year. The healing properties of plants heath due to the presence of a large amount of tannins, flavonoids, essential oils, polysaccharides, carotene, calcium, sodium and phosphorus. Preparations on the basis of this shrub has a relaxing and calming effect, with the addition of heather tea has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects. Tincture of ling used to produce some homeopathic remedies.
Application of heather in medicine
Heather plant in folk medicine used for diseases of the nervous system, inflammatory diseases of the respiratory tract, rheumatism, colds.
For the treatment of neurological diseases using the infusion of heather. It is prepared as follows: 1 tablespoon of dried heather pour boiling water and insist 2-3 hours. After this, the infusion should drain, use it inside of ½ cup 3-4 times a day.
Infusion ling is also used in the treatment of gallbladder disease (chronic cholecystitis), and urolithiasis (if the sand / kidney stones are composed of oxalate or urate). Only in these cases it is taken 1 cup 4 times a day. At the same dosage heather used in treating obesity.
For the treatment of cystitis and pyelonephritis infusion of the plant is used as an anti-inflammatory and diuretic. As the heather can be used for therapeutic purposes in diseases of the prostate.
The infusion of heather can be used in the treatment of gastritis, colitis (diarrhea syndrome). In these cases, the infusion should be taken before eating 4 times per day. However, treatment is contraindicated heather people who have reduced gastric acidity.
For the treatment of colds, flu and tonsillitis shown gargling with infusion of heather as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. In addition to the infusion of inflammatory diseases of the upper respiratory tract is very good heather honey, which is a good antiseptic, it helps to eliminate toxins and has a diuretic effect. Honey can also be used in bronchial asthma.
When gout infusion ling can be used as lotions and poultices to the area of the affected joints. Simultaneously, the infusion should be taken into 1 \ 2 cup 4 times per day. When injury or disease of the joints heather other origin used for the preparation of the local baths. To do this, 3 tablespoons of dry plants insist in 1 liter of boiling water in a dry, warm place.