Greater celandine – not only for warts
Celandine is a plant with many medicinal properties, but is primarily known that cures warts. It was used properly throughout Europe since antiquity. Because of the yellow flower color and juice, celandine, was used primarily for the treatment of the gall bladder and liver (at the time when no known mode of action and the active compounds are present herbs suggested often color, shape, etc.), Often used as the juice for the treatment of lesions skin and so-called callus or swellings on feet. Formerly the juice was also used for the treatment of cataracts.
The Latin name Chelidonium – comes from the Greek word “chelidon” or swallow, celandine name comes from the old belief that celandine flourished when spring would arrive swallows and flowers disappeared when the birds flew in the autumn, there was also a legend that the swallows have used celandine to strengthen eyesight u chicks.
Celandine is a common plant in Poland, it can be found in forests, on the edges, in the bushes and on the banks of water. It produces the characteristic small yellow flowers with 4 petals, it can also recognize the orange juice, which occurs when damage to the plant. It blooms from April to October. The raw material is a herb celandine, collected during flowering in May and June, when it is in its most active compounds, although it is available practically all year round because the plant does not wither in the autumn, turns bluish, it is also used fresh juice, sometimes the roots.
Celandine acts on smooth muscle relaxant. It can also be used for abdominal pain, bloating, intestinal colic, menstrual pain, perfectly suited also to relieve spasms in the digestive system caused by stress, also it works slightly calming, relaxes and calms. Celandine affects the operation of the gall bladder and liver function – increases bile secretion and improves its flow and thus prevents the formation of deposits and gallstones, celandine alleviates the inflammatory bladder and bile duct and influences protect the liver.
Celandine for athletes?
Celandine is also used in sports medicine because of the impact on the balance of amino acids the body. Amino acids rear protein and protein build muscle and therefore their digestion, absorption in the gastrointestinal tract and metabolism may affect the operation of the body muscles and endurance. Drinking infusion of celandine increases absorption of amino acids. Part of amino acids in the digestive tract is decomposed into amines and carboxylic acids, drinking infusion celandine reduces fold-amino acids. The smaller the amount produced in the intestines of amines and hydrogen sulphide positive effect on the muscles, digestive system, cleanses the liver and affects the health of the whole organism.
How to use celandine?
Celandine can be used in several ways depending on what we wish to treat symptoms:
- Infusion – tablespoon of herb pour a glass of boiling water (do not exceed the recommended dose), leave for about 20 minutes, covered and used as a means of relaxing on systolic abdominal pains, ailments of the liver and bile ducts, improve digestion excessive processes of fermentation and putrefaction occurring in the gut .
- Herbal tea with celandine, mint and chamomile – a flat spoon of celandine, half a teaspoon of peppermint and chamomile pour a cup of boiling water, leave covered for 20 minutes, then drain. Mint and chamomile add to alleviate the bitter taste of celandine.
- Tincture – 100 grams of dried celandine pour 500 ml of alcohol 40%, leave for 10 days, shake every day, after this time drain, drink a spoonful of tincture diluted in 100 ml of water twice a day. Tincture may also be used externally to lubricate skin changes (acne, cold sores, ulcerations, psoriasis) and diseases of mucosa in the mouth.
- The juice of fresh celandine – applied externally to lubricate skin lesions, especially warts, acne, may also be used for the treatment of eczema and cutaneous mycosis. Before brushing changes juice, wash it with soap and water.
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