We already blooming mother-and-stepmother.In the forest, we took a few shots.These bright yellow flowers among gray forest.The truth is somewhere there is green grass.Spring makes us happy with its warmth.Even so warm that you can meet people in T-shirts.Taking a walk through the woods, my eyes drawn yellow flowers that are like lights burning in the rays of the bright sun.I stepped closer.This mother-and-stepmother - a medicinal plant, which is widely used in folk medicine.The grass mother and stepmother is a perennial plant.It blooms in spring and later appear green leaves.Flowering plant on wasteland, slopes, hills, rivers over a cliff.Medicinal raw materials are the flowers and leaves, which are used in nursing training camp and as an expectorant.Talk like today, about the healing properties and uses, as well as contraindications plants.

flowers mother and stepmother something similar to dandelion flowers, but they can not be confused.In the mother-and-stepmother flowers are smaller than those o

f dandelions.Flowers mother and stepmother are yellow, collected in baskets, and when ripe turn into fluffy head.

leaves of the plant rounded, toothed.Top leaves are dark green and smooth, and reduce heat and covered with many white hairs.Touching the green side of the sheet you can feel the cold, but touching the inner side - heat.And that's why the plant got its name.

plant mother and stepmother have always held in high esteem.He harvested his mother, and, if necessary, brewed by coughing, with hoarseness, bronchitis.It was our natural and natural medicine.Mother and stepmother have blossomed in the garden, so far it is not necessary to go was.

Harvesting mother and stepmother.

The flowers are harvested in dry weather.Conveniently cut them with scissors.The leaves are harvested in June (cut or tear), cut with the lower part of the stem.Do this carefully so as not to "pull" the plant by the roots.As the flowers and leaves are choosing not damaged, no rust and stains.For the treatment, we used only the leaves.It is very important to prepare beautiful and not damaged leaves.

Dried material in the shade or in a well ventilated area.Expanding on a thin layer of fabric or paper.The leaves can be crushed, so they will be easier to store and use.It is desirable to sign the bank, box or bag, "leaves mother and stepmother," so as not to confuse this plant with other herbs.Store ready-made raw materials in cotton bags, cardboard boxes or glass jars.Shelf life 2 years.But every year we harvested a new batch of raw material.

grass mother and stepmother.Medicinal properties

Leaves mother and stepmother used in diseases of the upper respiratory tract, in the form of infusions, decoctions.The leaves and flowers contain vitamin C, carotene, essential oils, tannins, glycosides.

  • Enjoy leaves expectorant, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant healing properties.
  • Apply this plant in diseases of the oral cavity.In diseases of the oral cavity, a decoction of the mother and stepmother used as a gargle.
  • mother and stepmother liquefies phlegm.Apply plant at hoarseness, cough, pneumonia, bronchitis.It acts protectively when coughing.
  • Emollient and anti-inflammatory properties of herbs due to the content of mucus in the slips and enhanced polysaccharides.
  • preparations mother and stepmother relieve spasm, disinfected, help 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 leaves is used even in the absence of appetite, as well as inflammation of the gastrointestinal mucosa.

Drinking infusion or decoction of the mother-and-stepmother facilitates the course of the disease.This is a good remedy for coughs and colds, as well as to strengthen the immune system.

Mother-and-stepmother, used in folk medicine

In folk medicine the leaves mother and stepmother used mainly by coughing, as a diaphoretic, expectorant.

Surprisingly, translated from Latin, means the plant "distills the cough."No wonder the same drugs from mother and stepmother used to treat cough.Mother-and-stepmother, increases the volume of sputum diluting and facilitating its expectoration.Besides his mother and stepmother used for coughs herb thyme.

Infusion of leaves mother and stepmother. As an expectorant and for coughs, hoarseness when, brewed leaves mother and stepmother.For this herb spoon pour a glass of boiling water.Insist about 20 - 30 minutes, filter and drink spoon 3-4 times a day.

decoction of leaves mother and stepmother. a glass of water you need to take a spoonful of crushed leaves of herbs and boil for five minutes in a water bath.Insist.Strain and bring boiled water to the original volume.Take a spoonful every two hours.

for better expectoration in children and adults, along with medication infusions and decoctions to do chest compressions for better separation and discharge of phlegm.

These are beautiful flowers mother and stepmother bloom here in the woods.Yellow flowers, like a small sun among the greyness of the spring forest.

If fresh green leaf mother and stepmother to attach to the forehead, it is possible to remove heat and headache.Just need to put it green (cold) side.

Broth for sputum in bronchitis. To prepare the broth in a saucepan to mix a spoonful of mother-and-stepmother, a spoonful of raspberry, anise fruit and spoon spoon lime color.All pour a liter of water and boil for about 5 minutes on low heat.Set aside and let it brew for 15-20 minutes.Strain and take half a cup 3-4 times a day.

juice from fresh leaves mother and stepmother drip into the nose with a cold.1-2 drops into each nostril.At a cold can also be used Kalanchoe.For more information about this plant, see the article "kalanchoe, medicinal properties".

When colds and viral diseases, as well as at high temperatures, doctors recommend to drink more.You can drink tea viburnum, raspberry, lime, chamomile, cranberry.The taste in the drink can add natural honey.

mother and stepmother has a tonic effect on the body.Preparations from the mother and stepmother can be a great addition in the treatment of drugs.

Contra mother and stepmother

Remember that compliance with dosages when used infusion or decoction mother and stepmother, is very important.Lot, does not mean good.Also it is better not to use drugs more than 3-4 weeks.

  • contraindicated use of mother and stepmother during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • If you are hypersensitive or allergic to the plant.
  • A prolonged use of infusion or decoction plants in large doses have a negative effect on the liver.

With regard to children, the opinions differ, according to some sources the children should not be given drugs from mother and stepmother to 2 years, on the other - to 12 years.So if you have decided to treat cough grass mother and stepmother, consult your doctor.