The medicinal properties of sea buckthorn leaves, benefits and contraindications
Not only berries, but also sea buckthorn leaves have healing properties. A number of scientists are conducting research on the chemical composition of these parts of the tree and their effects on the body. Traditional medicine is familiar with the use of sea buckthorn leaves. The article suggests familiarizing yourself with some recipes and ways to use this product.
Useful properties of sea buckthorn leaves
In addition to the abundance of vitamin C, which is present in the leaves, as well as in sea buckthorn berries, there are other significant qualities of the product:
- nervous system support;
- help with insomnia;
- antibacterial effect;
- strengthening the immune system;
- assistance in the treatment of skin diseases;
- anti-inflammatory effect;
- pressure normalization;
- treatment of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.
Did you know? AT Ancient Greece gave horses shoots and leaves of sea buckthorn to maintain a healthy coat.
Sea buckthorn leaves are used:
- in the form of drinks;
- as compresses;
- as a rinse.
The product contains useful substances such as tannin (10%) and serotonin, various acids, B vitamins, vitamin A, C, tocopherol (E), biotin and nicotinic acid (PP).
- Accordingly, the product in question:
- possesses antioxidant properties, the ability to regulate metabolism;
- helps with colds and SARS;
- promotes the absorption of proteins and carbohydrates;
- interferes with hormonal disorders.
Teas and leaf extracts are effective in diseases associated with blood vessels and the heart, they reduce sugar levels and stimulate the immune system. This part of the plant can be used as drugs for healing wounds and regenerating body cells. Also It is recommended to use the product as an antispasmodic.
Tea and infusion of green sea buckthorn have a hypoglycemic effect on the body, that is, reduce blood sugar. This is facilitated by vitamin H (biotin), which also helps break down fatty acids. For this reason, diabetics who prefer natural remedies to normalize sugar levels should pay attention to this product. Recipes for internal use are given in the article below.
Sea buckthorn leaf tea helps to overcome not only colds, but also the herpes simplex virus. Also, with flu and angina, the use of such a tasty remedy will alleviate the symptoms and alleviate the patient's condition. The effect is due to the presence of vitamin C. Tea and decoction recipes are suitable for fighting herpes.
Important! With skin rashes, lotions with a decoction of parts of sea buckthorn benefit.
Infusions and tinctures from the leaves of the sea buckthorn tree have beneficial effects on the joints. It is worth making a simple drink in a thermos and taking the drug in a small amount three times a day - and you will notice relief. More information about the preparation of medicinal infusion and the rules for its use are also indicated in this article. The described plant parts can fight the metabolic disease because they contain substances that remove excess uric acid.
By clearing the airways and promoting the elimination of sputum, sea buckthorn helps cough. Many infectious diseases affect the airways. For example, the flu initially attacks the bronchi, the trachea. In order for the disease not to lead to pneumonia and other complications, it is useful to use sea buckthorn.
As a prophylaxis, start in the autumn to drink various drinks from leaves or berries in a timely and reasonable manner. It is useful to adopt simple recipes and monitor your health.
At high pressure
Coumarins are found in the composition of the leaves. These are compounds that prevent blood clots from forming and remaining inside the vessels. So that when using funds from these parts of sea buckthorn, the vascular system is protected.
And if you need to reduce the pressure, maintain it in a normal state, then you should drink leafy sea-buckthorn decoctions, because the walls of the blood wires are strengthened thanks to them, and the work of the heart improves.
Benefits for women
Leaves are useful for women and preparations prepared from them can help normalize hormone levels. This is a very important point, because within a month there is a change of these biologically active substances.
Niacin (vitamin PP) contributes to the normalization of hormonal activity, as well as the work of the corresponding glands.
- Another series of useful functions of sea buckthorn leaves for ladies is also noted:
- increase in reproduction;
- a positive effect on the fetus during pregnancy.
Is it possible for children
Children can use various products from the leaves of the plant.
- There are only two contraindications:
- the presence of an allergic reaction;
- the use of alcohol-based drugs. Such funds can be given to children from only 12 years old under the supervision of their parents.
When to collect
Phyto-pharmacies sell sea buckthorn materials, but collecting them yourself is much nicer than buying. If you have a summer house with a growing berry tree, then collecting the product will also be convenient. You can stock up on leaves only at certain times - from May to June.
Important! Do not collect leaves near roads and airports. Remember: these parts of the trees accumulate a lot of toxins over the summer.
However, if you are sure that sea buckthorn sprouts in an ecologically clean area, then you can collect these parts together with berries (since the end of summer). A suitable day for collection is not hot and without precipitation.
No need to pick greenery - carefully and carefully cut the shoots with it, because the branches have useful properties.
How to store
The collected material must be dried. This is done either in a special dryer, or in another place, which should be closed, but ventilated - for example, in the attic. The temperature for processing in the dryer is not higher than 45 ° C.
When drying in other conditions requires:
- keep leaves in the shade and at normal humidity;
- put them on paper or cloth;
- Turn over periodically.
Did you know? Sea buckthorn oil is used for radiation injuries of the skin. It is also useful for cosmetic purposes: it helps strengthen nails, enriches and nourishes hair.
Properly dried material has the following qualities:
- greenish tint;
Leaves should not crumble. Then they can be stored in any ventilated, breathing containers - boxes, bags. Main conditions: lack of humidity and light. Usually the material is stored for one year. The maximum time is two years.
Below are some recipes that can be used to strengthen your body and ease the course of various diseases. Decoctions can be used for baths and rinsing the oral cavity.
Tea has excellent benefits - it is not only healthy, but also tasty and aromatic.
To make a drink:
- take 1 teaspoon of leaves;
- pour them 200 ml of boiling water;
- let it brew for 20 minutes;
- can add sugar.
You can drink such tea instead of ordinary. This is an excellent remedy for tonsillitis, colds and poisoning.
To prepare the tincture, proceed as follows:
- take leaves and alcohol in a ratio of 1:10;
- insist seven days;
- the resulting tincture is used in small portions (remember that this is an alcoholic drink).
Such a tool has a warming effect. It is tincture that is used to create compresses.
To make a decoction, you will need the same ratio of ingredients as for tea. Pour the leaves with cold water, bring to a boil and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Then let the drink brew. Take the broth three times a day for 1/2 cup.
The tool is useful in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. They rinse their mouth against stomatitis, gargle with angina and other colds.
For external use, it is recommended to prepare a drug of a higher concentration (2 tbsp.spoons per one glass of water).
- Tinctures should not be drunk in such categories:
- pregnant and lactating women;
- people with cirrhosis of the liver;
- hepatitis patients;
- children under 12 years old;
- people who require special care when working, for example, drivers.
All persons with allergic reactions to substances that are part of sea buckthorn leaves should not drink drinks from them, as well as from berries of the plant. The described means do not bring particular harm with proper use - there were no such registered data.
Important! Do not forget to consult your healthcare provider. Natural preparations, the properties of which are indicated in this article, cannot be the only medicine, and self-medication can be very dangerous.
Thus, not only the fruits, but also the green part of the sea buckthorn tree are applicable in the treatment of many diseases. The richness of trace elements, vitamin composition and other beneficial substances in the leaves of the plant help the body cope with ailments. A variety of drinks can be prepared from these parts of sea buckthorn; they are used in the form of tinctures for compresses. Fragrant baths with concentrated broths are also recommended not only traditional, but also traditional medicine.