How correctly to collect medicinal herbs
Many medicinal plants, flowers and berries have long been used for medicinal purposes. Knowing their beneficial properties, it is possible to collect and dry up all that nature gives. The main thing – to observe some rules and to know what to take
How to dry
The collected materials are grasses, flowers and leaves are not washed, spread a thin layer on the cloth or the plywood and dried in well ventilated rooms, attics under the roof with good ventilation. Grass periodically need to stir and flip. With this slow drying, some plants lose color, but this does not affect their properties. It is possible to dry herbs and berries in an electric dryer at a temperature of 40-50°C or in the Russian stove. The berries will first need to modality, and then drying (how to freeze berries, read here ). Store medicinal raw material is better in paper bags or cardboard boxes, or in bags made of thick linen fabric. Shelf life of dried herbs is 1 year. More berries – 2-3 years.
St. John’s wort
It blooms from June to August. Collect it, cutting off the stems with buds. When the workpiece is better to use a knife or scissors, or you can pull the plant from the root. Dries quickly, but loses its bright yellow color.
for the treatment of diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract and gall bladder, comprising a choleretic fees, as a tonic, with vitamin deficiency. Rastenievodstvo, and it can be used in any dosage both internally and externally, to add to tea.
10 g of crushed dried St. John’s wort 300 ml of boiling water, insist 30 minutes, mixed with black tea.
3 tbsp chopped dried St. John’s wort 250 ml of boiling water, to insist 2 hours, strain and dilute with boiled water to original volume.
An annual plant, flowering in June-July. Collect only marginal flowers in the period of full flowering, tearing hands. Slow drying loses cornflower blue color.
in diseases of the kidneys and bladder in spasm, edema. A diuretic, choleretic and antimicrobial action.