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Mother and stepmother will make breathing easier

Common mother-and-stepmother (Tussilago farfara)

Common mother-and-stepmother (Tussilago farfara) Is one of the most common weeds in gardens and vegetable gardens. In early spring, the snow has not yet melted, and the southern gentle slopes are already covered with a bright yellow carpet of flowers on long stalks. It blooms coltsfoot, one of the earliest spring flowers. Its succulent leaves appear much later at the end of May, when the entire flowering stem is crowned with them.

The upper side of the leaf of the plant is cold, shiny - this is the "stepmother", and the lower side is warm, softly pubescent - this is a kind and affectionate "mother". Basal leaves are round-cordate, serrated at the edges, sitting on long petioles. It is easy to confuse it with medicinal podbele, in which the leaves are larger and not round, but triangular-heart-shaped.

This ingenuous plant has a rich set of beneficial properties due to the healing components that are included in its composition: inulin and mucous substances, carotenoids and tannins, various organic acids, mineral salts, sterols and many others.

The collection of leaves is carried out in June – July, when they are still relatively small and almost naked on the upper side. You need to cut them off with a short leg. You can not collect very young leaves and pubescent on both sides.

The collected leaves must be quickly dried, spread out in a thin layer, and periodically turned over. Any leaves that turn yellow and brown during drying must be removed immediately. You can store the prepared raw materials for no more than 3 years.

Flowers are harvested in early spring. They are usually dried in a cool oven or in the attic. Flowers are stored for no more than 2 years.

Of all cultivated plants, flowers and weeds, coltsfoot is perhaps the most effective medicinal plant for the treatment of various colds, especially for diseases of the upper respiratory tract and lungs, for coughs, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, suffocation, etc.

With persistent cough and acute bronchitis, one of the best is a collection consisting of 3 hours of coltsfoot leaves, 2 hours of fennel leaves, 3 hours of plantain leaves, 4 hours of pine buds. To prepare the infusion, you need 1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of the crushed mixture with 1 glass of boiling water, insist, wrapped in a warm place for 1 hour, drain. Take an infusion of 0.3 cups 3-4 times a day after meals.

In the same case, a collection is applied, consisting of equal shares of coltsfoot leaves, anise fruits, elecampane herb, thyme herb, tricolor violet herb. To prepare the infusion, you need 1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of the crushed mixture with 1 glass of boiling water, insist in a warm place for 40 minutes, strain. Take an infusion of 0.3 cups 3 times a day after meals.

For bronchitis and whooping cough, herbalists recommend a collection consisting of equal shares of coltsfoot leaves, rose hips and anise seeds. To prepare the broth, you need 2 tbsp. spoon the chopped mixture pour 1 glass of cold water, leave for 2 hours, bring to a boil and cook over low heat for 7-8 minutes, drain. Take a decoction of 0.3 cups 3 times a day.

For dry cough and whooping cough, Russian herbalists have long used a collection consisting of 3 hours of coltsfoot leaves, 6 hours of chopped sunflower seeds, 3 hours of chopped sunflower leaves, 3 hours of lungwort herb. To prepare the infusion, you need 2 tbsp. pour spoons of the mixture into 1.5 cups of boiling water, cook over low heat for 4–5 minutes, insist, wrapped in a warm place for 15 minutes, strain, add honey and lemon juice. Take in 1-1.5 hours for 2-3 sips.

With a dry cough in folk medicine, a collection is used, consisting of equal shares of coltsfoot leaves, lungwort herb, buckwheat color, mallow herb. To prepare the infusion, you need to brew 1.5 teaspoons of the mixture like tea and take 0.5-0.75 cups 4-5 times a day for 2-3 days.

For bronchitis and pneumonia, herbalists recommend a collection consisting of equal shares of coltsfoot leaves, elecampane root and primrose (primrose). To prepare the broth, you need 1 tbsp.pour a spoonful of the mixture with 1 cup boiling water, boil over low heat for 5 minutes, strain. Take 0.3 cups 3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.

With bronchitis, pneumonia and pleurisy, a collection consisting of equal proportions of coltsfoot leaves, knotweed herb and black elderberry flowers helps. To prepare the infusion, you need 1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of the crushed mixture with 1 glass of boiling water, insist in a warm place for 30 minutes, strain. Take 0.3 cups 4 times a day 30 minutes before meals.

In acute and chronic pneumonia, a collection is used, consisting of 4 hours of coltsfoot leaves, 4 hours of plantain leaves, 3 hours of thyme herb, 3 hours of calendula flowers and 2 hours of licorice root. To prepare the infusion, you need 1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of the mixture with 1 glass of boiling water, insist in a thermos for 6 hours, strain. Take 1 tbsp. spoon 4-5 times a day.

With chronic bronchitis, wine infusion of herbs helps well. To prepare it, you need to take 1 tbsp. spoonful of dry chopped grass and inflorescences of coltsfoot and fragrant violets, white acacia flowers, pour 1 liter of dry white wine, leave for 1 day, bring to a boil, leave in a warm place for 2 hours, drain. Take 0.25 cups warm every hour.

To relieve coughing fits in lung diseases, use a collection consisting of 2 hours of leaves of coltsfoot, 4 hours of primrose plants, 3 hours of horsetail herb and 2 hours of plantain leaves. To prepare the broth, you need 1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of the mixture with 1 cup boiling water, boil over low heat for 15 minutes, insist in a warm place for 1 hour, drain. Take 0.3 cups 5 times a day.

For bronchitis, whooping cough and bronchial asthma, herbalists recommend a collection consisting of 3 hours of coltsfoot leaves, 4 hours of pine buds and 3 hours of plantain leaves. To prepare it, you need 1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of the mixture with 1 cup boiling water, insist in a warm place for 40 minutes, strain. Take 0.5 cups warm 3-4 times a day 30 minutes before meals.

For cough in folk medicine, flowers of the mother-and-stepmother are also used. To prepare the infusion, the flowers are placed in a jar in layers with sugar. Then they are carefully compacted to form a syrup. The syrup must be drained into another bowl, straining through cheesecloth. Store it in the refrigerator. You need to take the elixir 1 teaspoon by stirring it in 0.5 cups of hot water.