Lemongrass Chinese: medicinal properties, instructions for use, contraindications and reviews
Pharmaceutical giants work tirelessly for the “good” of people. From a variety of all kinds of drugs and dietary supplements, sometimes eyes run up. However, each tool contains in its composition complex chemical compounds that are not always beneficial to the body. Another thing - infusions and decoctions of natural ingredients. Of course, you have to mess with them for much longer, but the result promises not to disappoint. In our review you will find information about a plant such as Chinese Schizandra: healing properties, rules of cultivation and the best recipes.
Far Eastern guest
Do you know what Chinese lemongrass looks like? The leaves of the plant are shiny, attached reddish petioles. Stems, depending on the support, are from 2.5 to 15 meters.A real decoration of this magnificent creeper are white flowers and clusters of berries of bright red color - you see, this combination doesn’t suit the name.
"Lives" lemongrass in China, Korea and Japan. On the territory of Russia, the plant can be found in the Amur Region, the Khabarovsk and Primorye Territories, as well as in the Kuriles and Sakhalin.
For a long time, the indigenous peoples of the Far East widely used Chinese lemongrass, whose medicinal properties cannot be ignored. When going hiking in the taiga or hunting, people always took seeds and dried fruit with them, and made pieces of invigorating tea from pieces of liana and leaves.
The popularity of the plant in oriental medicine and among the ancient peoples at one time prompted Soviet scientists to study magnolia. As a result of many chemical analyzes, its unique properties were discovered.
YES. Balandin is a scientist who managed to identify schizandrin. This substance and its derivatives, according to further studies on animals and humans, have a stimulating, tonic and stimulating effect on the nervous and cardiovascular systems.
Even in ancient sources, there are five tastes that Chinese lemongrass gives. Reviews confirm the presence of sour and sweet flesh, bitter astringent seeds and the salty taste of the fruit as a whole.
The plant is a storehouse of useful substances, such as:
- organic acids;
- vitamins A, C and E;
Lemongrass juice contains titanium and silver, and in the seeds there is 35% fatty oil, which contains glyceride of linoleic and oleic acids. Thanks to such a balanced complex, one can speak of the incredible benefits of a plant with the name Chinese Schizandra.
When physical and mental fatigue berries and seeds of lemongrass are taken as a tonic and stimulant. It is the long-term use of biologically active substances -adaptogens that have a beneficial effect on performance.
The effectiveness of Chinese Schizandra is proven in the treatment of a number of ailments that are accompanied by a breakdown. This is anemia, diseases of the digestive tract, lungs and kidneys. With low blood pressure and vascular insufficiency, the plant improves well-being.In the case of asthenic and depressive states, Chinese lemongrass is also useful.
The medicinal properties of fruits, bark and leaves are seen in the fight against scurvy, and sometimes cancer. At the time of a sharp change of climate and during the cold and flu season, always keep a Chinese lemongrass on hand.
No matter how useful a plant is, always carefully study its contraindications. In our case, the risk group may be for the following reasons:
- vegetative-vascular dystonia;
- arterial hypertension;
- excessive irritability;
- acute infectious diseases;
- increased intracranial pressure;
If you decide to experience the strength of Chinese Schizandra, do not forget to first consult with your doctor. The specialist will recommend the dosage, as well as determine the duration of the course - most often it is 30 days. You will not see any benefit from accidental intake of this herbal remedy, because its action is due to the cumulative effect.
Remember that in case of non-compliance with the dosage and rules you can expect unpleasant consequences - even insomnia or angioedema. Can harm any drug, even Chinese magnolia.Instructions for use - this is the first thing you need to study in detail.
Where to find?
With the advent of the Internet in our lives, many problems have been resolved. Today, we are no longer worried about where to buy this or that thing - any search engine in a matter of seconds gives a list of virtual stores with home delivery. Even the dried fruits of lemongrass you can easily find on the Web, but will they be real? This is another question.
Fearing fakes, which instead of benefit can do harm, people are increasingly interested in how the planting of Schisandra Chinese is taking place. Fortunately, on numerous portals and forums for gardeners have all the necessary information.
Despite the fact that the guest of our review is from the Far East, even in Moscow, anyone can grow their own Chinese lemongrass. Planting and care, of course, is not the easiest thing, but you will not have to doubt the quality of such a product.
Let's analyze the main stages, after which you will have Chinese Schizandra on the site. Growing does not require supernatural abilities, but the desire and attentiveness to the little things are necessary.
- A place.The plant does not like the cold wind, so it is important to choose a place near the building or fence, also a gazebo or arch will do. It is desirable that lemongrass is partially in the shade.
- Time. The optimal period is the end of April and the beginning of May. For beauty, plant at least three plants at a distance of one meter from each other. If you chose a place near the house, then also retreat one meter so that water from the roof does not constantly fall on the roots.
- Drainage. In a small pit (diameter 60 cm, depth 40 cm) lay the bottom with expanded clay, broken brick or rubble. In equal proportions, mix the compost, humus, wood ash, superphosphate, and sod land.
- Care. 2-3-year-old seedlings are best to take root, the cultivation of which does not require special manipulations. In the first year, hide the plant a little from the hot sun, remove the weeds, loosen the earth and spray it in dry weather. A layer of humus around the bush will help against the rapid evaporation of moisture.
Our simple tips will help grow luxurious Chinese lemongrass. Planting and care will not take you much time, and when the vine is 5-6 years old, you will be able to collect the first fruits.
Lemongrass is gathered in clusters along with stalks, which are also added to tea in ground and dried form. It is important to process the berries immediately, maximum the next day - otherwise the fermentation process will begin, mold may appear.
In order for the Chinese lemongrass to retain its healing properties for two years, the berries must be dried for 3-4 days. The optimum temperature is 60 degrees.
Leaves and stems can also be obtained from seedlings, which are planted every year on the bed, cutting off the previous crop. Collected greens are dried in the shade and added to tea.
What to cook?
Lemongrass Chinese, whose properties are known for a long time, can be the beginning of your day. A hot drink made from leaves or stems will easily replace a cup of coffee. Dried or fresh stalks (leaves) are finely chopped and brewed as regular tea. To taste you can add honey or sugar. Regular use of tea strengthens the immune system and improves skin tone.
In the manufacture of various tinctures also often use Chinese lemongrass. Medicinal properties are aimed at the prevention of influenza and colds, as well as the fight against:
- sexual weakness;
Tincture of berries
Chopped fruits must be poured with alcohol (70%) in the ratio of 1: 5. The mixture is kept in a dark place, stirring occasionally, for two weeks. After this, the juice of the berries is squeezed out, and all the liquid is filtered.
The tincture is again left for two or three days, and then filtered again. The finished product should be transparent. Take the tincture of lemongrass berries should be no more than three times a day for 30-35 drops.
Today in the food industry is widely used lemongrass Chinese. The properties of thirst quenching and pleasant taste like many of us. Lemongrass juice is used in the production of soft drinks and wines, syrups, jams and even toppings for sweets.
At home, you can easily prepare candied berries. To prepare, you need to mix the fruit and sugar in a 1: 2 ratio, put in a small volume glass jars and close tightly.
In winter, you will need natural juice. Carefully sort, wash the ripe berries and place them in an enamel bowl. After 3-5 days under a layer of sugar, the fruits of lemongrass will give up all the juice, which is then poured into clean jars with lids tightly closed.Natural juice is stored for a long time in the refrigerator, while retaining all the beneficial substances.When diluted with water, lemongrass pleases with a bright red color, refreshing aroma and slightly sour taste.
Chinese Schizandra, the beneficial properties of which we have repeatedly voiced in this review, is used not only to improve health. This amazing plant can also be an excellent cosmetic:
- For a long time women have rubbed mucus from under the bark of lemongrass into the scalp to prevent hair loss and baldness.
- Water-alcohol infusion of the fruit refreshes and tones oily skin on the face. Based on it, you can make a lotion or cream.
- To prepare a face mask, take a teaspoon of fruit and add a tablespoon of sour cream. Apply the mixture and rinse with cool water after ten minutes.