Sea buckthorn has been famous for its healing properties since ancient times. Because of the bright orange berries, it has many names: "Orange Queen", "Sunny berry", "Golden Tree", and due to the light pineapple flavor, the berry is called "Siberian pineapple".
Many mistakenly think that only sea buckthorn berries have healing properties, but this is far from the case. Sea buckthorn is a truly unique plant – each of its parts is a kind of medicine for any serious illness or ailment.
In this article, we will look at the healing properties of bark and leaves harvested from sea buckthorn bushes, as well as how to make delicious tea from them.
A brief history of sea buckthorn.
For the first time, the healing properties of sea buckthorn were discovered in the time of Alexander the Great. Then the soldiers began to notice that the horses that ate berries from the sea buckthorn bushes had glossy fur, wounds were quickly healed, they became hardier. Then they noticed that berries have a beneficial effect on people.
The great Genghis Khan, being aware of the healing properties of the plant, regularly drank the elixir with sea buckthorn. Sea buckthorn was a daily dish on the tables of the Russian tsars. It was grown everywhere, was available, was widely used in folk medicine, but after the rapid development of pharmaceuticals, it was relegated to the background, undeservedly forgotten.
Useful properties of sea buckthorn tea.
Brewed sea buckthorn leaves relieve the effects of vitamin deficiency, are useful for rheumatism and arthritis. This infusion may have a bactericidal effect and can replace antiviral drugs. The most useful infusion is obtained from leaves harvested in June.
The bark of sea buckthorn, in turn, contains serotonin, which has a positive effect on human immunity. As a rule, the bark of young sea buckthorn branches is harvested in late spring, dried, and then crushed. A decoction is prepared from the resulting powder, which is used for radiation lesions, tumors, diarrhea, and nervous diseases.
Recipe of sea buckthorn bark tea.
For one liter of water, 4 tablespoons of crushed plant bark are taken. The raw materials must be filled with water, boiled, and simmered for 20 minutes. The broth cools down, boiled water is added to it to the original volume. Tea is consumed after consulting a doctor three times a day for no more than three weeks.
A soothing tea made from sea buckthorn leaves and bark.
Tea from the leaves is useful during the exacerbation of colds, to reduce inflammation and joint pain, restore the liver, normalize blood pressure. This tea can help to cope with depression. To prepare a tonic drink, you need to take 2 tablespoons of dried sea buckthorn leaves and mint, pour 2-3 mugs of hot water. The infusion should be infused for at least five hours. Tea is drunk chilled, honey is added to taste.
To prepare fortified tea, currant leaves and hypericum are added to the leaves of sea buckthorn. Pouring hot water, the infusion is left to infuse for 15 minutes.
A delicious tea with sea buckthorn and fireweed.
Narrow-leaved rosebay willowherb (fireweed) is perfectly combined with sea buckthorn. Usually, the sea buckthorn bark and leaves are brewed with it, and not the berries of this plant, because it is in this combination with a tea drink that it turns out very tasty. For its preparation, all three components are taken in equal parts.
To brew tea, you need:
- To maximize the aroma of tea, the teapot is poured with boiling water inside, after which the prepared raw materials are put into it.
- The sea buckthorn leaves are poured with hot water, observing the following proportions for 1 tsp of fireweed and 1 tsp of sea buckthorn bark and leaves, take 1 glass of water. The water should be hot enough, but not boiling.
- Tea is infused for 15-20 minutes. We advise you to drink it with honey or ginger-lemon jam.
Have a nice tea party!