Tip 2: Useful properties of lily of the valley in May
Beautiful snow-white inflorescences bells lily of the valley in May appear in the forest grass by the end of spring. This delicate flower with a bright, characteristic aroma in some regions of Russia is listed in the Red Book, but its bouquets are often sold by hand. Like many plants, lily of the valley is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of certain diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Description of lily of the valley in May
In Latin this flower of the lily family is called Liliaceae, the etymology of this name is Latin-Greek, which includes the words “lily” and “valley”. Most often it can be found in deciduous and mixed forests of the European part of Russia, it grows in the foothills of the Caucasus, on the Black Sea coast.
May lily of the valley is difficult to confuse with other colors - at the base of the floral arrow are collected lanceolate leaves of dark green color, and on the arrow itself there are from 3 to 13 fragrant bell-shaped flowers with a six-toothed bend.By the end of June, when flowering ceases, the plant produces fruits - bright orange-red berries of spherical shape. As a medicinal raw material it is harvested in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.In folk medicine, the most often used for the preparation of decoctions and tinctures is the grass of the lily of the valley - flower arrows cut below the 6th flower.
Just like other medicinal herbs, they harvest the lily of the valley during flowering, not only the leaves and flowers are considered to be medicinal, but also the floral arrows themselves, which are called “lily of the valley grass”. Since the plant is listed in the Red Book, it is not disrupted when it is harvested, but cut, so as not to damage the root system. In addition, be sure to leave at least 1 square meter at least one not cut lily of the valley. They dry the raw materials on the same day when they are collected, laying them in rooms without access to direct sunlight, but with good ventilation.
The use of lily of the valley in traditional medicine
In the terrestrial parts of the May lily of the valley contains cardiac glycosides - biologically active substances whose action is aimed at normalizing the work of the cardiovascular system. The improvement of the kidneys, their excretory function, which helps eliminate swelling,to normalize the existing difficulties during urination.Especially effective are combined preparations based on extracts from the grass of the lily of the valley and valerian, motherwort, hawthorn, which have a calming effect with a slight hypnotic effect.
Glycosides of the May lily of the valley have a mild sedative effect on the nervous system, they, unlike digitalis preparations, do not accumulate in the body and are not so toxic. Lily of the valley tincture prescribed to people suffering from compensated heart disease or neurosis, thyrotoxicosis.
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