Rhododendron Adams

Name: Adams Rhododendron

RHODODENDRON ADAMSA (fragrant rhododendron, fragrant wild rosemary, ak-cascara)


Evergreen shrub with a peculiar strong smell of fresh strawberries, shiny leathery leaves and pale pink flowers up to 1.5 cm in diameter. Blooms from late June to mid-July.

Distributed in Eastern Siberia and the Far East. Grows in the subalpine and lower part of the alpine belt with a height of 2400-2500 m above sea level on moderately wet and stony semi-turfed slopes.

Medicinal raw materials are flowering branches, leaves, flowers. The plant contains an essential oil, which includes sesquiterpene alcohols and sesquiterpene carbon, tannins of the catechol group, ascorbic acid, and phytoncides.

This type of rhododendron in folk medicine is most popular as a tonic. The decoction is drunk as a tonic for all kinds of diseases, the infusion of leaves, which relieves fatigue and gives vigor, hunters drink instead of tea when they have a long transition in pursuit of the beast.

It has a pronounced bactericidal effect. It is used for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, diarrhea, rheumatism. Outwardly – for washing infected wounds, ulcers, for rinsing with all kinds of inflammatory processes in the mouth and throat.

The plant has insecticidal properties. The local population uses it against moths.

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