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Medicinal Properties Of Common Heather
Medicinal Properties Of Common Heather

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Heather healer

Common heather
Common heather

Heather is medicinal. Shoot tips collected during flowering contain tannins, arbutin, ericolin, resins, gums, organic acids, organic compounds of potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus.

All of them in a complex have a sedative, hypnotic, diaphoretic, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, hemostatic and wound healing effect.

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Heather infusion and decoction are recommended for dry coughs and other pulmonary diseases, incl. even when treating tuberculosis. They are also used for nervous excitability, insomnia, nephrolithiasis, cystitis, rheumatism, as well as for gout, dysentery, inflammation of the renal pelvis, various diseases of the liver and spleen.

Heather green poultices are used externally for tumors, bruises, fractures, rheumatic pains, polyarthritis, eczema, and other skin diseases. Raw materials are harvested from early July to mid-September, dried as standard.

Heather healing infusion: 2 tbsp. spoons of raw materials are put in a thermos, 400 ml of boiling water is poured, insisted for 30 minutes, filtered, take 2 tbsp. spoons three times a day, before meals. The course of treatment is 10 days.

Heather can also be used as a food product. On its flowers and twigs, you can infuse liqueurs, tinctures, wines - this improves, enriches and ennobles their taste. In addition, its flowers are suitable as a surrogate for tea leaves for preparing a beverage that tastes like tea.

This is how interesting and useful common heather can be.

Vladimir Starostin, dendrologist, candidate of agricultural sciences

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