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Field bindweed - medicinal weed

Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

These flowers can often be seen in fields and gardens, but they do not please gardeners at all - bindweed is considered a malicious weed, and it is very difficult to remove it. He is not afraid of herbicides, and even after digging and plowing the site, it blooms and thrives again, as if nothing had happened.

There is no mistake here. We are talking about the same field bindweed, or birch, with which, like wheatgrass and woodlice, all gardeners and truck farmers fight. He has a lot of popular names: except for "birch", he is called dodder, povitela - we will not list everything, because bindweed grows in other countries, and there also has its own beautiful names.

Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) - a plant belonging to the bindweed family. This species has a long taproot that can penetrate up to three meters into the soil. The bare and creeping stems are up to 120 cm in length. The stems all move away from the root collar, forming dense rosettes. Bindweed leaves are arranged on long petioles.

Bindweed flowers are visible from afar and look like large, funnel-shaped white-pink gramophone on long peduncles. They have a weak, pleasant smell.


Useful properties of the field bindweed

Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

It turns out that field bindweed is a plant rich in various biologically active compounds.

All parts of the bindweed contain substances such as flavonoids, glycosides, vitamins (especially a lot of vitamins A, C and E), bitterness, as well as some toxic alkaloids, because of the content of which it is necessary to take drugs with this plant carefully, strictly observing what is indicated in the recipe dosage.

Bindweed roots are rich in tannins, various resins and substances that stimulate the peripheral nervous system.


Field bindweed recipes

Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

Field bindweed has been used by traditional healers for a long time and fruitfully. It was used as a laxative, for nervous disorders, as a sedative. The crushed bindweed leaf was applied to the site of the bite of a poisonous snake.

Effective as a diaphoretic for colds infusion of bindweed seeds... To prepare it, you need to pour 1 teaspoon of crushed seeds with 1 glass of boiling water, cook in a sealed container in a water bath for 15 minutes, leave for 45 minutes, drain. Take the broth in a warm form, 0.3 cups 3 times a day, 15 minutes before meals.

For bronchitis, herbalists recommend using decoction of dry crushed flowers field bindweed. To prepare it, you need 1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of raw materials with 1 glass of boiling water, heat in a sealed container in a water bath for 30 minutes, leave for 10-15 minutes, drain. Take 0.5 cups 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.

Cooking and drinking for asthma bindweed herb infusion, while it is better to use fresh grass, since dried in this case is of little use. To do this, take 1 tbsp. a spoonful of well-chopped herbs and pour a glass of boiling water, insist for an hour. The resulting infusion is divided into 4 equal parts and drunk during the day before meals.

For chronic diseases of the bladder in folk medicine, they are used picking herbs, consisting of equal parts of bindweed grass, bearberry leaves, yarrow grass and the whole lingonberry plant. For the preparation of infusion 1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of collection with 1 glass of boiling water, insist in a warm place for 1.5-2 hours, drain. Apply 1 glass 3 times a day. In case of exacerbation of diseases, this fee should not be used.

Long-lasting wounds heal well bindweed tincture on vodka. To do this, fill a half-liter container 2/3 with chopped grass and bindweed flowers, add vodka to its full volume (if done with alcohol, then take the ratio of grass and alcohol 2: 1), leave for 14 days in a dark place, periodically shaking the container. The finished tincture is diluted with boiled water (1 tablespoon for half a glass) and lotions or compresses are made on the wound.

Helps with toothache and other dental problems infusion of bindweed root... To prepare it, take 1 tablespoon of crushed root, pour a glass of boiling water, leave for 20-25 minutes and use it to rinse your mouth.

A decoction of fresh field bindweed in folk medicine is given to women in labor after difficult childbirth. To do this, pour 1 teaspoon of the crushed plant with 1 glass of milk, boil for 5 minutes over low heat, strain. Take 0.25 cups of the entire serving throughout the day.

It is noteworthy that Avicenna, one of the "fathers of medicine", wrote about the bindweed. He believed that this plant has an astringent effect, cleanses blood vessels and strengthens the stomach. He used bindweed juice for jaundice, and together with seeds - for fever, and with old forms too. Decoctions and infusions of bindweed are quite common in the recipes of Indian, Asian, Tibetan and Russian healers and herbalists.

Now attention !!! All homemade preparations from field bindweed must be used with great care due to the toxicity of the plant. Before you decide to use bindweed for medicinal purposes, consult your doctor.

"Ural gardener", No. 26, 2019

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