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Sainfoin is a medicinal herb. Because of its appearance, it received the common name "hare peas". The root of the plant is pivotal, penetrating into the ground to a great depth, the stem is straight, but very branchy at the top.
- Plant characteristic
- Healing properties of the plant
- The use of the plant in nutrition
- Preparation of decoctions, infusions from sainfoin
It can grow well on stony soil, surprisingly hardy and not demanding. It can grow absolutely on any soil. Leaves are complex. The plant has a very beautiful, variegated, catchy color: flowers of a deep purple-pink hue, or red, collected in a brush. Their length can be up to 20 cm. In sainfoin, flowering begins only in the second year.
The plant begins to bloom from the beginning of summer, about 30 days. The life of a flower that has already blossomed is very short-lived - up to 12 hours. The flowers have an unusually intoxicating aroma.
The plant is melliferous and the most demanded. Bees can collect from 4 to 6 kg of honey per hectare per day. The nectar is released from the flower when the air temperature is 22 - 25 C. Among beekeepers this plant is highly valued, since the honey collected from this flower is amber, transparent, fragrant, unusually tasty, has the property of not being sugared.
It contains ascorbic acid. It contains many vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Then the honey color will turn softly milky. The plant is also grown as a forage grass. The hay, which is obtained from this herb, is used to feed the animals. Sainfoin is a green manure (it is specially grown in order to fertilize the soil). In one place the plant grows up to 7 years.
Healing properties of the plant
The plant contains a large amount of useful substances: fatty oils, ascorbic acid, sucrose, proteins, enzymes, carotene. It is very valuable in animal husbandry. It is used to make flour and hay for livestock.
It contains flavones with anti-inflammatory effects. They are able to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, they are prescribed in the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular diseases.
The plant is used as an immune-strengthening agent capable of increasing the whole body's resistance to various infectious diseases. It is prescribed for the treatment of diabetes mellitus, since medications made from the plant are able to normalize sugar and hemoglobin.
Used in the treatment of uterine bleeding, menopause, ovarian dysfunction, menstrual irregularities. Used to restore the work of the stomach and intestines.
Used to improve potency, rejuvenate the body of men. Candles made from sainfoin extract are able to improve metabolism, optimize hormonal balance.
Used to strengthen the nervous system. Decoctions, infusions are used as a tonic.
Sainfoin honey is most often eaten. It is very popular in European countries. With its help, you can very quickly restore the strength spent during the day. In no case, when eating honey, do not dilute it in hot tea or broth. It is eaten with a bit of a bite.
The honey of this medicinal plant is also used in cosmetology for peeling, face masks, and hair strengthening.
The use of the plant in nutrition
Sainfoin is often used for food. Its properties are especially beneficial for dietary nutrition.
In summer, this plant is used to make healthy light salads.
You will need:
- Cabbage - 50 g
- Bow - bunch
- Cucumber - 1 piece
- Sour cream - 40 g
- Sainfoin - 50 g
- Salt, spices - a pinch
All cooked ingredients are finely chopped. Salt, spices, sour cream are added. Stir. Salad ready.
You will need:
- Sainfoin - 80 g
- Onions - 1 pc.
- Carrots - 1 pc.
- Choice of greens - bunch
- Salt to taste
- Tomato juice - 1/2 cup
- Olive oil - tablespoon
Chopped carrots, onions, herbs are fried and stewed with herbs. After 10 minutes, add 100 g of tomato juice, spices, salt, a little citric acid.
Preparation of decoctions, infusions from sainfoin
Pour a tablespoon of dry crushed plant with a glass of boiling water. Simmer this mixture for 30 minutes. Leave to infuse in a warm place for about 8 hours. Apply 60 g three times a day. An effective way to restore sexual activity, the potency of the stronger sex.
- The use of a decoction in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, with various bleeding. Prepare a mixture of crushed tablespoon of plant stems and the same amount of dried, crushed roots. Pour a glass of boiling water over. Let it brew in a warm place, or in a thermos for about 6 hours. Take shortly before meals, 3-4 times a day.
- Using plant sap for menstrual irregularities. Cut off the stems of the sainfoin, rinse thoroughly under running water. Prepare juice using a juicer. The juice can be drunk in a tablespoon for a month one hour before meals. If necessary, after a month, this course can be repeated.
- To rejuvenate the body, you can use an infusion made from herbs. You will need a teaspoon of dry herb that has been crushed beforehand. Fill it with half a liter of boiling water and let it brew for 30 minutes. The treatment lasts 10 days. Take 100 g three times a day. The break is carried out for 7 days. This course can be repeated.
Preparation of the broth. Prepare a decoction of 1 tablespoon of stems, 1 tablespoon of plant roots. Add a glass of boiling water. We boil for 15 minutes. The broth must be filtered. The tool is used in violation of the activity of the ovaries. It should be drunk 100 g before bedtime once a day for a month.
For nervous disorders, infectious diseases, an infusion can be prepared.
Take 1 tbsp. spoonful of herbs, pour 200 ml of boiling water. Leave to brew for an hour. Drink should be 3 times a day, 100 - 150 ml half an hour before meals.
To relieve irritability, nervousness, you can prepare a healing mixture: insist beet juice in a cool place for 3 hours, add a tablespoon of sainfoin honey, acacia. You need to eat during the day.
No contraindications were found for the use of this plant.
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