Useful and healing properties of fireweed, harvesting, fermentation and contraindications
About the plant Ivan tea
Ivan-tea (fireweed, Koporye tea) is a drink very pleasant to taste and color have a powerful healing effect!
Even in Russia used an infusion of willow tea as a beverage and a cure for various ailments. This ordinary-looking grass in therapeutic effects and healing properties, given the unique chemical content, surpasses even seaweed.
Drank Ivan-tea after sunset, you give your body a chance to prepare for recovery, the soft solace of the heartbeat, lowering of blood pressure and normalization of the General state of health. This is the night "suspended animation" - a real opportunity to extend or increase the periods of active life for at least a quarter of the cycle on average. And it is certainly a lot.
As an example and confirmation of the healing properties of fireweed is the life of a scholar of the early twentieth century, Pyotr Aleksandrovich Badmayev. Most of his works of science devoted to the study of the mysteries of the healing power of this plant. The doctor lived a hundred and ten years, and at the age of one hundred years have experienced the joy of fatherhood. And who knows how many years he could still enjoy life, if it hadn't broke a prison in Petrograd.
Europe quickly recognized the advantages of this tea for its unique content. It has a six and a half times more vitamin C than the lemon. In addition, there are tannins – up to 20 percent, a large number of flavonoids, mucus and pectin. Therefore, this product was exported to Europe in large amounts.
It is made from plant material fireweed. It is similar to green tea black. Preparing delicious and healthy tea begins with fermentation – 24-48 hours. From the time of the beginning of the fermentation and the operating temperature depends on the odor, color and taste of the product, which happens as a result of manipulation. The color of tea becomes a variety of green, yellow or very dark. The mixture of black color in the tea market, no competition! More fermentation will be discussed below
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Taste Ivan-tea has a pleasant and aromatic characteristics, leads the body in tone, encourages and adds vitality. He ozdoravlivayuschim effect on the whole body. In the heat there is no better way to quench your thirst regardless of the temperature of the drink. The main thing that makes this drink the most popular, especially for people leading a healthy lifestyle, he composition differs from various caffeinated beverages and black tea.
It does not contain such negative elements as oxalic acid, purine bases, and caffeine.
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Fireweed is good for the blood, if it is used as a strong infusion or decoction of fireweed subject to constant use (increasing the level of hemoglobin, restores the acid-alkaline rate in the blood)
What is more useful fireweed?
- Its content includes such elements as b vitamins, vitamin C, iron, which support hematopoietic function;
- Assists in normalizing the digestion and metabolism, improves all types of metabolic processes, especially lipid and carbohydrate;
- Antiphlogistically and has powerful antiseptic properties, is effective as a curative and prophylactic drug in the overall scheme of the treatment of infections and inflammations. In this matter, the leaves and flowers of this herb significantly superior to such well-known powerful natural antiseptics such as the willow bark, oak bark and bear ears. This specific action of plants associated with the content of flavonoids, tannins, carotenoids, vitamin C, organic acids, triterpenoids, minerals;
- Prolongs the active life of the male body, maintaining and improving the function of the "second heart"- the prostate gland. Also significantly improves men's overall health: it increases the potency, normalizes the erectile function. No wonder the willow-herb is called"male" grass;
Has a mild diuretic effect, normalizes water-electrolyte balance, lowering blood pressure;
- Thanks to the fireweed of magnesium, b vitamins, flavonoids, non-synthetic it is an effective hypnotic and sedative, normalizes the psycho-emotional state (reduces nervousness, anxiety, headache,normalizes night stay);
- As Ivan-tea has tannins, mucilage, pectins, etc., it is able to improve and repair the digestive system, eliminating constipation, heartburn, dysbiosis. This is achieved by enveloping, anti-inflammatory and reparative actions;
- Thanks to the presence of the Koporye tea organic acids, together with magnesium and flavonoids, evident choleretic effect;
- Operates on viruses and resists allergies;
- Restorative (i.e., healing) effect is achieved by the presence in the content of herbs such elements as chlorophyll, tanning mixture, the carotenoids, which accelerates granulation and epithelization of the lesions on the skin;
- A gradual analgesic effect of willow-herb occurs due to the presence in the flowers and the leaves the alkaloids, mucilage, flavonoids, magnesium;
- Has normal quality, prolonging breastfeeding, and improving the health of children;
- Flavonoids and pectins leaves Ivan-tea are natural adsorbents and purify the body from toxic elements and impurities;
- Endocrine organs operate smoothly and more effectively;
- The grass is especially achieved success in the form of the antitumor agent due to the antioxidant action of hangala and other antioxidants – carotenoids, flavonids, tanning compounds, copper, acids related to organic, manganese, vitamin C, magnesium. While scientific studies have found that epilobium angustifolium contains of low and high molecular weight substances showing "interest" in respect of cancer cells;
- Slows down early skin aging, leaving it supple and elastic. All this thanks to substances that stimulate the natural synthesis of collagen (fitosteroli, vitamin C, flavonoids, carotenoids, organic acids and copper).
The therapeutic properties of willow teaWith regular use, Koporye tea is used in General and preventive treatment of the following diseases:
- Anemia (anemia).
- Inflammatory diseases of systemthe urinary tract in men (benign prostatic hyperplasia or prostatitis);
Infertility, regardless of gender;
- Too high blood pressure of various origins;
- Kidney stones, including inflammation in the bladder and kidneys;
- Changes in the respiratory system and ENT organs: tracheitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, sinusitis, tuberculosis of the lungs. Thus, the positive effect from the use of infusions and decoctions due to such qualities of fireweed, as an expectorant, anti-inflammatory, reduces fever;
- Pathology of the spleen;
- Metabolic and inflammatory skin disease.
The use of infusion and decoction of the Koporye tea is also recommended for:
Increased psycho-emotional pressure and chronic stress;
In dentistry the children during the appearance of milk teeth in older age looseness and inflammation of the gums;
Ivan-tea for men:
Of course, the healing properties of the plant help everyone – men, women, children, but having the ability to cure the prostatitis and BPH, fireweed has earned the unconditional trust of the men.
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Ivan-tea for women:
It is unsurpassed for the treatment of cystitis, thrush and other diseases of the genitourinary system in women.
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Tea made from fireweedNo matter how good Koporye tea, the taste, smell, and color of the drink is largely determined by the quality of the water. Who once drank tea in the spring or melted water, will never forget the taste. Per day per person should ideally have five grams of Ivan-tea (dried tea leaves). It produces four to five cups of the concentrated beverage. Tea leaves can be brewed several times, but note that the concentration of mineral properties will decrease, although the taste quality is preserved in small quantities.
How to make fireweed?
The correct brewing of the leaves Ivan-tea is one of the two main components that ensure the safety of all medicinal properties.
The first way to brew Ivan-tea
2 teaspoons dry grass pour 600 ml of boiling water (best to use a natural or purified water). Close the container tightly and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes, then mix the infusion.
Infusion contains in its composition the essential oil, so the drink does not spoil within a few days, but it's better to use it freshly prepared. The concentration depends on your taste preferences.
Drinking tea can and chilled. If you want to warm up, in any case, do not allow boiling. The subtle aroma will be gone immediately. Drink without sugar, instead eat raisins, dates, dried apricots, honey, halva.
The second way to brew Ivan-tea
Fresh leaves Ivan-tea is placed in an enamel bowl with a layer of 3-5 cm, then pour purified water at room temperature (to 10 cm), after which the infusion is put on weak fire and heat it. The next step is the infusion of the resulting composition within 10 minutes.
In welding quality, you can also take the mixture of leaves with flowers: half a liter of boiling water mixture of flowers and leaves Ivan-tea 2:2 (teaspoons).
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When to harvest and how to dry Ivan-tea.
Ivan-tea is harvested in the flowering period, it is important to collect the grass in that moment, when the flower brush is still not fully blossomed. Flowering begins in late June and continues until autumn. In August on the lower branches of fireweed Mature beans inside of which is a nasty fuzz. The fluff should not fall into collection.
The collection is recommended in dry weather, it is not necessary to start right after a rain. The collection of dusty, dirty, sick, infected plants. Fireweed growing along busy roads, not meant for medicinal fees.
For the preparation of medicinal infusions and decoctions suitable aboveground part of the plant, therefore, while collecting his cut or break in the middle, sometimes closer to the ground.
Floral brush neatly spread out on the floor with a thin layer (about 5 cm) and then twist into a roll and compress to separate juice. Roll leave it for 8-10 hours in a room where the temperature is 20-25 degrees.
The fermentation process can be carried out in a wooden box, clasped him with swaged floral brush and, to conserve moisture, cover with a damp cloth. After a time the grass dried in the oven at a temperature not exceeding 50 °C.
For more details, see the methods of fermentation
In early may, you can gather the tops of young shoots, which will prepare the tea of excellent quality. This tea has an amazing ability to regain strength and restore energy reserves.
The seeds of fireweed
The seeds of fireweed collected in a small box, ripens in between July to August. On the same plant can ripen at the same time up to 20,000 seeds, the distinctive feature of which is the presence of the white Pappus (fluff). The Pappus helps the seeds to spread to a considerable distance from the plant; it is enough an easy whiff of the wind. Another distinctive feature of the seed fireweed is the ability to grow even several years after ripening and falling to the ground.
In folk medicine, the seeds of fireweed are not used, so do not represent any value. The seeds are used exclusively for sowing the plants at a particular site.
The fermented Ivan-tea
1. A simple method of fermentation
Collection of plant material is conducted in the morning after the dew has dried. Take a flower on the upper, without seeds and leaves. If too hot, the grass not collected, because the leaves deteriorate, "burn". Be careful what you put in the basket, as the fall in raw material forest bug can ruin the whole crop.
The leaves and flowers need a little precosity in a place where there is no direct sunlight, grind in the palms and compactly folded into a three-liter bottle. Cover with wet cloth and leave in a dark refrigerated room (25 degrees) for 36 h. after this time the fermentation process is completed. The prepared mixture was loose and dried at degrees +95 – +110. You can use a electric and a gas oven.
In the process of drying vegetable mixture is continuously mixed or turned over in the form of a dense layer. Gradually, the tea is the desired color, which varies from light brown to dark. Dry crumbly tea time is different, this is due to the moisture content of grass at the time of collection. Readiness is recorded visually, that is, "by eye". The period of drying tea round is determined by weighing the dried tiles. Crude mixture and the dry tea in finished form correspond to 5:1. Store the finished tea in a dark, dry place in tightly sealed containers, of glass better, but the fit and plastic Bank. If stored properly the shelf life is three years.
2. The forgotten way
On moist linen cloth is folded sheet Ivan-tea, a layer thickness of not more than 3 inches, rolled as tightly as possible in the form of roll (twist). Fabric size depends on the amount of grass. Don't forget to moisten the fabric with clean water. This can be done from the ordinary atomizer. Otherwise the napkin will absorb the valuable juice from the leaves of the herb fireweed.The twist was tightened with a rope, what will suit and rubber cord. Carefully grind in the palms of the grass, making the flexor and extensor movements about half an hour. It is desirable that this event was just two people. In this process, observed the destruction of structural cells of the plant and soaking up juice from vegetable raw materials. Then two to three hours is the primary fermentation. The temperature of the strand is checked by the palms. If it feels warm (about 37-38 degrees and above), the initial fermentation process is complete. The mass has a delicate smell reminiscent of sour compote of pears.
The young tops of the plants collected in may, suchfragile and sensitive that structural change begins during compaction in the container.
If you click raw, you can hear the characteristic sound similar to the crunch. Weight snugly fits in the container (pail, plastic or glass jar) and closes for the completion of fermentation is 36 to 40 hours. Not to spoil the final product, on the lid of the container it is best to write the date and time of laying and the end of the process. If necessary, you can make your tea a refined taste, extending the fermentation time in a refrigerated place. For late harvest fireweed in July – August conduct additional fermentation.
To do this, retrieve the crop from the bucket and grind thoroughly with your hands until the juice.
To ease the process of cooking, you can skip the vegetable raw materials through a meat grinder (pre-relieve knives), but keep in mind that medicinal properties, and taste will be much worse, weaker.
Then the treated mass is collected in a pile and leave for 6-8 hours at room temperature, covered with a wet cloth. And when the mass under the fabric when pressed will resemble a soft rubber – time in the oven for drying. Spread out on the baking sheet next tea is dried at a moderate temperature of 100 degrees, before completing the drying degree increases. It is the roasting as coffee beans, will improve the taste, make tea more fragrant and beautiful.
We should not forget about the frequent stirring of the mixture. The oven should be slightly ajar. Under the pan put red bricks or tiles of ceramic, so as not to overdry the tea. This device works like Russian stove and normalizes temperature in the oven. This is very important, as this determines how the healing will drink.
Manufacturer of tea koporsky in the oven takes a couple of hours. In one day you can get 300-400 grams of finished product in dry form. The mixture in the tiles must be wrapped in a compacted paper. Tea with loose structure, stored 3 years, in the form of tiles – of the decade!
3. Fermentation under oppression in their own juiceAll raw materials are divided into two parts (this includes the top of the plant and its leaves). From one part of the juice is squeezed out using a press juicer. The liquid turns quite a bit, even if it will be a modern juicer-type "angel." The second half of the raw material is placed in metal-ceramic pot and also pour the juice. Press on top of the yoke. He isa wooden circle with a load of not less than 20 pounds. The cargo can be replaced by weights weighing two pounds, wrapped in polyethylene to eliminate metal contact with the juice. After 72 hours the fermentation is ended, the drying and receiving tea in a final variant occurs at a temperature of 90 degrees.
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The application of Ivan-tea
Medicinal infusions and herbal teas have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, diaphoretic and enveloping action.
Ivan-tea has a strong sedative effect on the body (mechanism of action and therapeutic effect of the infusion of this plant is close to the effect of Valerian officinalis). It is used for neurosis, hyperexcitability, aggression, insomnia, frequent nocturnal awakenings, anxiety and sudden mood swings.
Anti-inflammatory effect of fireweed is successfully applied at treatment of diseases of the genitourinary system, including chronic and acute cystitis and urinary tract inflammation. For men the use of medicinal tinctures to help cope with chronic prostatitis and prostate adenoma.
Included in the chemical composition of willow-herb, ascorbic acid, manganese and iron allow the use of plant infusion as adjuvant in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia.Ivan-tea in pregnancy
Fireweed is a plant, which to date has not revealed any contraindications, so if you needcan be taken by pregnant women.
Tea made from fireweed is a natural remedy for the treatment of gastritis, acidity, colitis, stomach ulcers. The plant has anti-inflammatory action, helps to overcome headaches, diseases of the nasopharynx, sore throat.
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Vitamins and other useful substances in the composition of Ivan-tea, have a positive impact on wound healing, promote a healthy pregnancy, which further confirmed its safety for pregnant women.
Ivan-tea is recommended for infants at the time of teething. With a superb anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, it greatly facilitates this complex process.
The plant has antiviral properties and is used as a prophylactic during the exacerbation of seasonal diseases (influenza and ARVI).
Ivan-tea for prostatitis
For the application of infusion in prostatitis and prostate cancer use the following recipe: 15 grams of ground crude drugs (aerial and underground part of the plant) pour 200 ml of boiling water and infused for 1 hour, after which the resulting infusion of strain and take 15 ml (1 tablespoon) 3 times a day.
Application in cosmetology
Recipe No. 1 – infusion
Flowers of fireweed (1 tablespoon) pour 1 Cup of boiling water. Used as a steam bath in front of beauty massage. The procedure is performed every 10 minutes every day for 1-2 hours a day.
Recipe No. 2 – anti-inflammatory mask
To prepare the mask you need to take 10 ml of tincture of the flowers Ivan-tea vodka, a pinch of salt "Extra" and oatmeal. The ingredients are mixed (should be the consistency of liquid sour cream). The mask should be applied on the face for 10 minutes.
Recipes infusion of fireweedThe infusion of the leaves of willow-herb is recommended to treat and calm the nervous system, treatment of the reproductive system in women and men, bleeding. also extracts are used in headaches, insomnia.
Recipe No. 1:
For external use infusion (for otitis media, stomatitis and angina): 2tablespoons of dry medicinal raw pour 400 ml of boiling water (better to use purified water) and infused for 6 hours, after which the resulting infusion is filtered and used as needed.
Recipe No. 2:
For use in various diseases of the genitourinary system, including chronic cystitis and inflammation of the ureters: 1 tablespoon dried minced raw (the leaves), pour 200 ml of boiling water and insist for two hours, then filtered into a clean bowl. Use 1/3 Cup (50-60 ml) 3 times a day.
Recipe No. 3:
To apply the infusion as a pain reliever and sedative (including insomnia): 1 tablespoon crushed material (root rhizome) pour 200 ml of boiling water and infused for 45 minutes, after which the resulting infusion is filtered in a dry and clean container. Take 15 ml (1 tablespoon) 3 times a day.
Recipe No. 4:
1 tablespoon of raw (leaves and flowers), pour 250 g of boiling water, to insist hour, then strain. Regimen: 1 tablespoon 4 times a day between meals.
Contraindications to the use of fireweed
If you drink tea for more than one month continually the possible dysfunction of the gastrointestinal tract.
It is believed that Ivan tea is not recommended for children under 2 years, but this fact is not confirmed, on the contrary, there are facts about the benefits of its use (in small quantities!)