Medicinal properties and application of cloudberry leaves
Cloudberry is a frost-resistant plant, which can most often be found in the northern regions of Russia, Siberia and the Far East. Shrubs are difficult to grow on their own site, for the reason that they are demanding on the soil - most of all they like moist, marshy terrain and cool temperature. And yet, it can pay off. The article will discuss the benefits of cloudberries.
Properties of cloudberry leaves
Cloudberry is a perennial herb that looks like a bush of raspberries or blackberries. The fruits on the bushes are also very similar, differ only in a yellow tint.
Did you know? In the old days cloudberries were prepared for the winter in large quantities for royal cuisine. Therefore, in the North, it is known as the "royal berry."
The use of plants in medicine is due to its valuable chemical composition. It is rich in minerals and vitamins of groups A, B1, C, PP, therefore it favorably affects the body. The composition contains calcium, sodium and potassium. Leaves have tannins, volatile and fiber.
Useful and healing properties
The healing properties are possessed not only by the fruits, but also by the leaves and sepals of the plant. Leaves are used to treat various diseases: cystitis, gastritis, diarrhea, colds and flu, bronchitis, gout. These are the most common diseases that are treated with their help, but the list is not limited to them.
- The useful qualities of cloudberry leaves are that they are capable of:
- Prevent vein thrombosis.
- Strengthen blood vessels.
- Normalize blood pressure and blood coagulation.
- Improve metabolism.
- Strengthen the immune system.
- Heal wounds faster.
- Relieve cold symptoms.
- Remove swelling from the eyes and limbs.
- Give the skin a healthy look and elasticity.
- Prevent visual impairment.
- Make hair look great.
A decoction of leaves can help get rid of hair loss, improve skin and nail health. For its preparation it is not necessary to take dry leaves, you can take fresh or prematurely frozen. You can cook it according to a simple recipe: take 1 tbsp. l greens, pour it with 1 cup boiling water, let the mixture boil over low heat for 5 minutes.
Important! Many medications contain cloudberry extract. These are mainly wound healing, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and astringent drugs.
To treat skin lesions, the leaves are used as follows: take 1 tbsp. raw materials and pour 1 cup boiled water. You need to insist 3-4 hours, and then rinse the wound with infusion.
A caveat for eating cloudberries is individual intolerance to the drug. It is contraindicated to use when digestive system diseasessuch as acidity and peptic ulcer.
Even if a person does not have the above contraindications, do not forget that you need to use the drug in moderation.
How to make cloudberries for cough
The leaves of the plant have a unique chemical composition. Decoctions can contribute to the rapid healing of wounds, acne and other skin problems. In the pharmacy you can see a special ointment with cloudberry leaf extract for these purposes. But the most relevant way to use the leaves are infusions and decoctions for coughing.
To prepare a healing cough infusion, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1 tbsp. leaves;
- 0.4 liters of boiling water.
Did you know? Cloudberries were very fond of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin. Before his death, he asked his wife for these very fruits.
Leaves should be placed in a half-liter glass jar, pour them with boiling water.Close the jar with a lid and wrap it well, leave it for 3 hours.
There are 2 options for how to take the infusion:
- Divide the product into 3 equal parts and drink three times a day after meals.
- Drink while coughing for 1 tbsp. l
Cloudberries will help get rid of cough not only for adults, but also for the child. However, children are not so easily forced to drink decoctions. In this case, you can cook a tasty and healthy product in the form of a sweet treat.
For jelly from berries you need:
- Cut 150-200 g of fruit and fill them with 1 liter of water.
- Remove from heat, strain and cool mixture.
- Add sugar to taste and gelatin, boil for 20 minutes to completely dissolve the gelatin.
- Pour into prepared molds and cool.
Experienced people who collect medicinal herbs say that decoctions and infusions from sepals are much more useful than from leaves. The tool can help even with chronic respiratory diseases. The drug is universal, because it is suitable for both dry and wet cough.
For infusion, you need 3 tbsp. sepals and 1 liter of boiling water. It is necessary to fill the leaves with water and insist in a warm place for 4 hours. Infusion is recommended to replace tea.
Cloudberry decoction is an antiseptic. His can be used to relieve inflammation, treat colds. To prepare the broth, you need to pour 1 cup boiling water for 1 hour of raw materials and keep the mixture on low heat for 15 minutes. For him to insist, it will take another 1 hour. After the resulting mixture must be filtered and mixed with boiling water so that the original volume of liquid is obtained.
The drug is recommended for use in an amount of 3 tbsp. 3-4 times a day.
Cloudberries can be used in different forms. From the fruits, it is easy to prepare various goodies, including jam for the winter. Leaves and sepals are used to prepare decoctions and infusions.
During pregnancy, most medicines are prohibited for women. But for the treatment of colds, coughs and strengthening immunity, you can drink a decoction of cloudberries. To diversify the taste and enhance the strengthening abilities of tea, you can add rose hips to it.
- Pregnant women can use the properties of the plant in the case of:
- Heaviness in the stomach.
- High blood pressure.
- Varicose veins.
How to prepare and store
To get the most benefit from cloudberries, you need to know when to collect it and how to store it. Berries begin to appear in July - August. This is the best time to pick fruit.. They need to be collected with sepals. Subsequently, the berries are separated from the greens and dried separately. It is recommended to do this at room temperature, evenly spreading the raw materials on paper. After it dries, place it in a dry container, preferably in a glass jar, and store in a dry place. Shelf life of dried raw materials - 2 years.
Important! Beauticians use many preparations based on cloudberry seed oil. It actively removes pigmentation and irregularities in skin tone.
So, cloudberry leaves and sepals are rich in vitamins, so their use will help to cope with many diseases and increase the tone of the whole body. And its fruits, in addition to medicinal qualities, are good because they can be an excellent delicacy that all family members will love.