Medicinal herbs from the Alps

Medicinal herbs from the Alps

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Hawthorn - Crataegus oxyacantha

Habitat: hedges and woods from the plain to the mountain areas.

At advanced flowering it is covered with a very elegant series of white flowers that are collected in handfuls, paying close attention to the thorns, they dry thoroughly in the sun and are kept in paper or canvas bags if necessary.
These flowers are medicinal and are indicated for those suffering from high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, insomnia caused by daily nervous tension.
The most used is hawthorn lymph that is prepared in the morning by pouring half a liter of boiling water on a pinch of flowers. It is left to rest for about twenty minutes, it is poured, sugared and drunk several times during the day, reserving a cup for it to be drunk warmly at bedtime. The lymph of this miraculous flower is always an excellent calming, an effective sleeping pill, a panacea for those suffering from palpitations, insomnia, irritability, ringing in the ears, hot flashes. It acts on the contraction of the arteries and, by toning the heart, promotes a proper balance between blood pressure and pulse strength. In cases where insomnia and laginess persist despite the treatment indicated above, if you suffer from hysterical attacks, if you are neurasthenic or convalescent or heart sick, for women, finally, in the grip of ailments of critical age, good results will give the use of hawthorn to which a handful of Passiflora has been added.
It does not addict and a cure for hawthorn infusion, toning the nervous system, will guarantee an excellent vision of life, a clear and healthy mind and a deep sense of well-being and serenity that can be enjoyed and appreciated only when you have nerves to place and the body rested well for a long time.

Hawthorn - Euphrasia - Linden

Eyebright - Euphrasia officinalis

Habitat: meadows and pastures from the plain to the mountain areas.

When summer is giving way to calm autumn, in the solemn majesty of the Alpine valleys, there is a flourishing of euphrasias, a delicate bleaching of corollas. Flowers with soft, pale colors, almost a last smile of nature before the long winter sleep. Flowers that grow on graceful seedlings, no taller than a palm from the ground, with a single stem that can sometimes get tangled up if the nourishment is abundant.
The specific virtue of eyebright is to be ophthalmic, that is, it enjoys the privilege of maintaining the precious gift of sight and being the sovereign remedy for any form of inflammation or irritation of those delicate organs that are the eyes, too often neglected from a hygienic point of view, unlike other organs or parts of our body.
The dust so harmful to the eyes that now surrounds us almost everywhere, the exploitation to which we subject these delicate organs day and night, require, today more than yesterday, periodic, if not daily, care and hygiene rules. And in order to do this, we can help you. Euphrasia infusion washes and packs rest, clean, tone the eyes. It is prepared by pouring a liter of boiling water on ten grams of dry grass, filtered and used once it has cooled.
This cure will be more complete if a pinch of dry, finely pulverized euphrasia is inserted into the eyes.
Equal hygienic-curative results are obtained with the Arabic decoction which also serves very well to eliminate those unsightly bags under the eyes, a too obvious complaint of the turn of the years. They mix together with 5 grams of euphrasia, 5 of lavender flowers, 5 of red rose petals and 5 of carnation petals. Take a spoonful of this mixture of dried herbs and boil it for a minute in a quarter of a liter of water, let it sit for half an hour and filter it with a cloth. With the resulting decoction, washing is performed several times a day, completing them with compresses of gauze tablets soaked in the decoction itself.
Congestions, tiredness, tears, excessive sensitivity to light, conjunctivitis, eritis and, we repeat, the unsightly bags under the eyes will soon disappear.
This external care can always be completed by drinking one cup a day of the decoction described above: nearsighted and weak-eyed children will benefit from unexpected and unexpected benefits.

Linden - Tilia platyphylla

Habitat: woods from the plain to the mountain areas.

The medicinal virtues of the lime tree were known no less than two thousand years ago, and, for therapeutic purposes, all parts of the plant were used, from the bark to the sapwood, from the leaves to the flowers.
His fame was so widespread and felt that the linden was considered by the ancients as a sacred tree and in his shadow it was business, justice was administered, propitiatory dances were performed, the dead were buried.
Linden looks like a plant with a majestic bearing, whose flowers, which generally appear between May and June, emanate an intense and characteristic perfume.
The lime leaves boiled in water and applied as poultices on the painful parts calm the pain caused by sunburn, sores, skin diseases or hemorrhoidal diseases.
Much more important are the flowers both for the convenience of their use, and for easy availability, both for their effectiveness.
Generally with the flowers you get an excellent linden tea by pouring on the same, in the proportion of fifty grams per liter, of boiling water. Leave in infusion for about ten minutes, strain, sweeten with honey or sugar and take two or three cups at any time of the day. Another hot cup will be taken in the evening, at bedtime, corrected, perhaps, with a glass of grappa or cognac.
This is the general use of linden flowers to obtain relief and rehabilitation in all cooling conditions. This tea is also an excellent cough and nerve calming agent, it makes the bronchial phlegm more fluid which will be more easily sputumed, it is diuretic, antirheumatic and invigorating of the heart.

Ferrante Cappelletti Herbal health Medicinal plants of the Alps Publilux Trento 1977

Eyebright - Euphrasia officinalis (photo James K. Lindsey)

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