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From Siberia With Health

Dandelion is a plant that can be useful to strengthen the liver and gallbladder due to its rich chemical composition. Its use during therapeutic procedures can have a positive effect on blood in general. Due to the bitter taste, the herb can have a stimulating effect on the bile ducts and act as a tonic for the liver.

The dandelion detox complex can also stimulate the production of bile in the human body.

In fact, dandelion treatment is possible with the use of any part of it. They can be used to make quite a large number of medicinal products, including:

  1. Decoctions.
  2. Teas.
  3. Infusions.
  4. Coffee.
  5. Jam.
  6. Honey.

Due to the distinctive bitterness, essential oils, and tannins that are present in the dandelion, a cleansing effect on the liver can be exerted. In addition, it becomes possible to restore its functionality, as well as the normalization of the digestive system.

By taking a decoction of dandelions, the excretion of bile can be normalized, which, in turn, will favorably affect the restoration of hepatic parenchyma cells - hepatocytes.

Rosehip is endowed with beneficial properties for our body. The most popular method of its use is the preparation of infusion and decoction of berries. During rosehip berries preparation it is important to preserve all its micro and macro elements.

So, how to brew dried rosehip correctly? Let's consider all the options and methods in this article:

What is important to know?

Dried rosehip fruits are used in food additives, medicines, teas, drinks, syrups, and jams. Rosehip berry is also can be used to make oil, which is used in cosmetology.

Rosehip owes its red-orange color to lycopene and beta-carotene. These are carotenoid pigments that strengthen the health of the eyes and have a positive effect on the condition of the skin.

The nutrient content of fruits is influenced by the soil and growing conditions, as well as processing methods. These trace elements can help strengthen the immune system, and heart health, normalize weight, and maintain skin health.

There are several ways to prepare different drinks from rosehip:

Bird cherry is often called a beautiful bride. This is because when a tree "puts on" festive snow-white clothes (blooms), it turns into a real miracle. However, not only the cherry blossoms should be paid attention to. Berries and powder made from them have a unique taste and smell.

Cupcakes, cakes, and pies made of cherry flour often have a taste of rum and chocolate. Reminds someone of almonds. This is because the product contains amygdalin, which has a unique aroma and taste. Such flour is rich in phytoncides, and its calorie content is almost 3 times less in comparison with classic wheat flour.

Useful properties.

Cherry flour was able to absorb all the best that fresh bird cherry berries possess. Namely:

  • Due to coumarin (2H-chromen-2-one) in the composition, it is possible to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood, as well as stimulate the functions of the nervous system.
  • Vitamin P, which is part of the berry, and hence the powder, is a natural antioxidant that the human body cannot produce. By eating at least a portion of cherry flour dessert, you can satisfy your daily need for manganese, P-active compounds, and vitamin E.
  • Bird cherry powder can normalize the functions of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as have an anti-inflammatory and restorative effect.
  • Berries are enriched with tannins, as well as malic citric acid.

Siberian pine (Pinus sibirica) has symbolized health, strength, longevity, and power since ancient times. The centuries-old use of its resin, wood, needles, and nuts is based on the practical benefits of the tree for human health.

The unique composition of pine nuts explains their beneficial properties. Pinus sibirica nut has a healing effect on various human organs: heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, lungs, skin, endocrine glands.

Many fans of pine nut products are wondering: what is the difference between pine nut flour and whole pine nuts and does flour lose its beneficial properties when ground? Let's try to answer this question:

What is pine nut flour?

Pine nut flour is a product made by cold pressing of pomace and oil obtained from the kernels of pine nuts. The homogeneous mass of powdery consistency has a pleasant aroma and is characterized by delicate taste qualities.

Compared with other types of flour, pine nut flour has almost 2 times fewer calories than whole wheat flour, 20% protein, 15 different minerals, 6 B vitamins, and vitamin E.

Toponymy is a complex science. Scientists are always interested in the origin of certain geographical names. Historians are also particularly interested in remote geographical objects, the names of which cause a lot of questions. A striking example is the Altai Mountains.

Here, dense coniferous forests grow on the gentle slopes, between them on the plains and in the highlands the purest turquoise of lakes, mountain rivers abound with noisy waterfalls — all this, together with velvety grass on alpine meadows, is the main wealth of this region.

In Altai, the cultures of several countries — Russia, China, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia - have bizarrely converged. And this is not surprising, because it is at this point that the borders of these states converge. But why did Altai get the name "Golden Mountains"? Let's look at what scientists, travelers, and locals have to say about this.

Hawthorn liqueur is not just a delicious, fragrant and pleasant-colored drink, but also a great folk remedy for the treatment and prevention of many diseases. In moderation, experts recommend using it for migraines, exhaustion of the central nervous system, increased cholesterol in the blood and other ailments.

Most often, amateur winemakers use in the preparation of liqueur not only the hawthorn berries themselves, but also flowers with leaves. As a result, whatever recipe the winemaker uses, he will receive a high-quality and pleasant-tasting alcoholic drink at the end. Which recipe the home master chooses will depend on their personal preferences.

Classic liqueur recipe.

Most winemakers follow the classical, traditional Siberian technology of making hawthorn liqueur, which involves the use of the following ingredients:

  • Dry hawthorn fruits "Siberian Green" – 1 oz.
  • Alcohol – 100 ml.
  • Granulated sugar – 10 oz.

There is a popular opinion that hawthorn is useful for the heart and blood vessels in any form. In ancient times, the juice was squeezed out of it, decoctions and teas were prepared.

All parts of this plant are useful for the human heart, however, berries bring the maximum benefit. This is ensured by the presence of elements such as hyperoside and vitexin. These are flavonoids that can accelerate the process of glucose oxidation and ensure the release of energy from carbohydrates. The result is an increase in the level of oxygen in the blood and vasodilation.

Useful properties of hawthorn for the heart

Hawthorn from Siberia is a shrub with white flowers and small red or black berries. Both components can be used for medicinal purposes, however, berries are still used more often than inflorescences. The plant contains many compounds that provide tremendous benefits for the heart. At the same time, blood pressure is also affected to normalize it.

Among the useful components of hawthorn we can find:

  1. Hyperoside, stimulating the work of the myocardium. It provides an increase in the volume of blood output.
  2. Organic acids, which are charged with stimulating blood flow and reducing inflammatory processes in the vessels.
  3. Polyphenols can strengthen the walls of blood vessels and reduce their permeability.
  4. Vitexin, which can expand the walls of blood vessels, improve the work of the myocardium and make the vessels themselves more elastic.

The ancient doctrine of herbal medicine of Siberian shamans.

Decoction of some plants is drunk instead of tea, as people say: "If the body requires it". Herbs that are in the house are used everywhere for this purpose: shilajit (mumijo), birch leaves, goatweed, chamomile, Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), rosehip, raspberry leaves, currant, etc. Usually, they are folded dry into a pillowcase, a bag, birch bark tuesques and brewed, drunk as tea or instead of water. The decoction is usually consumed only during the day.

Some plants are used in the treatment of specific diseases. In Taimyr (northern Siberia), indigenous tribes use dwarf birch leaves as an anti-inflammatory and antipruritic agent for mosquito bites. The bitten places are rubbed with freshly picked green leaves.

In the places of residence of the Evenk tribes (related to the Inuit), bath brooms are made from birch branches with leaves, a decoction of leaves in the form of tea is drunk with sore throat and cough; dry leaves are put in the bath and lie in them "if a cold wind blows through".

The tribes of the Nenets (Yamal Peninsula) with rheumatism (pain in the bones) burned a piece of birch growth (Chaga) on the patient's body. It was believed that the resulting easily healing wound, distracting bad juices from the diseased part of the body, bring relief to the patient.

Moss is especially popular among Siberian indigenous peoples. "Nyada" is what the Nenets call it. It is taken out from under the snow, steamed, and applied as a compress to sore joints, and in case of a cold - to the back and chest. The Nenets of the Taimyr Peninsula suggests using a decoction of deer moss (lichen, Icelandic moss) as a tonic, astringent and anti-inflammatory agent, since, in their opinion, a gelatinous decoction of lichens regulates the activity of the gastrointestinal tract, stimulates appetite, enhances the secretion of gastric juice. The Finno-Ugric Khanty tribe brews it as tea and drinks it as an expectorant for coughing and pneumonia.

Both the medical and nutritional value of hawthorn seeds is due to the increased content of active but at the same time easily digestible substances.

Each of the hawthorn berries contains 3-5 seeds of a triangular shape. They do not sit very tightly in the pulp and can be easily removed when a fruit is fresh, but when it’s dry – it’s almost impossible to take out. Both - berries and seeds – have great therapeutic effect, whether hawthorn are fresh, frozen, or dried.

It is recommended to prepare teas, balms, drinks, and compotes based on extracts from solid natural raw materials (whole berries with seeds) since its useful components, contained in berries and seeds will stay with the liquid during processing. Hawthorn tea, drink, compotes are much tastier and healthier in comparison with those prepared from berries without seeds. For a basic compote from whole dried hawthorn berries, let dried berries to stay overnight in liquid, then bring it to boil, and now you can eat much softer berries with honey or as-is, and you have a ready to drink healthy hawthorn compote.

Hawthorn seeds are also used in Siberia for making flour, from which you can then bake cupcakes, buns, cakes, etc - pretty much like bird cherry flour, very popular in Siberia. There is also a method of using ground hawthorn seeds for the purposes of fortification (adding vitamins and useful nutrients) in wheat flour and baking mixes products in Siberia.

Fireweed (Ivan-Tea, Chamaenerion angustifolium, Great willowherb, Rosebay willowherb) is a miraculous herb that, before the appearance of Indian and Chinese teas, saved many northern Europeans and American colonists from serious ailments. In this article, we will tell you the most interesting facts about fireweed collected in Russian Siberia:

The first researcher of Siberian Ivan-Tea lived a long and happy life.

Petr Aleksandrovich Badmaev, a Russian doctor who studied Fireweed, lived one hundred and ten years, and ten years before his death he once again learned the joy of fatherhood. The biographers of the Russian scientist agree that Badmaev owes such a long life path to the constant drink of fireweed tea.

Ivan tea is a devoted symbol of Ancient Rus`.

In Kievan Rus, fireweed was used for a variety of purposes. The fluff from its seed boxes was used as weaving material, the roots were eaten or dried, then ground into flour, and fresh shoots and leaves were sometimes placed in different salads.

Siberian traditions of treatment with badger fat.

The ancestors of today's inhabitants of Siberia for many centuries observed, experimented, and learned secrets of nature. It was they who, through the cut and try method, bit by bit, collected knowledge about badger fat, about its amazing ability not only to alleviate but also to prevent and cure various diseases.

Long before the spread of technical progress in the taiga, Siberian healers not only knew how to accurately recognize any disease but also treat it correctly using badger fat and all kinds of remedies based on it.

For example, for burns with good results, the first Russian explorers of Siberia used badger fat melted in a furnace. This fat was impregnated with gauze and applied to the damaged skin. And in the case of frostbite of the extremities, they used intensive rubbing with interior badger fat. For the treatment of many diseases, traditional Russian medicine of the past has used a wide variety of recipes based on badger fat.

All these secrets were passed down from generation to generation - from one Siberian healer to another, and largely due to this, today we have the opportunity to treat even the most complex diseases thanks to such a unique natural remedy as badger fat.

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