Chamerion narrow-leaved – Chamerion narrow-leaved

synonym – Chamaenerium angustifolium); Ivan tea, chamenerium narrow-leaved, copor tea; the Onagro family (Opadgaseae); narrow-leafed chamerion


In July, crimson chamerion sultanas blaze on clearings, fallow meadows, and old fires. In some places, its thickets are so dense that the breath of the wind resembles a wavy lake. The growth of this perennial plant is heroic — up to 2 m; the stem is straight, the leaves are dark green, covered with bluish pubescence below. The flowers are pink-raspberry, forming inflorescences — tassels up to 45 cm long. Sometimes the stem is colored in the color of the tassels. Most often, chamerion grows on sandy or peaty soils, near pine forests and in light forests, as well as on drained swamps and railway embankments. Widespread in the middle zone of Russia. In Ukraine, it grows throughout the territory in similar places.

For the preparation of medicines, the upper part of the stems with flowers or only the leaves are harvested. Raw materials are collected only during the flowering of the plant. Dry under shelter in the open air, spreading a thin layer on a cloth or paper.

Chamerion leaves contain carbohydrates, mucilage, organic acids, flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, vitamin C (up to 340 mg%), carotene (provitamin A), micro- and macroelements.

In herbal medicine, water infusion of the herb is most often used, which helps with headaches, has astringent and soothing properties. It is prescribed for nervous and gastrointestinal disorders.

Folk doctors recommend water infusion of chamerion for peptic ulcers, and decoctions are considered an effective remedy for jaundice (diathesis). Powder from dried leaves is sprinkled on wounds. Recently, experimental studies have proven the antitumor activity of chamerion products, in addition, they have very low toxicity and a broad effect on tumors. Centuries-old Tibetan medicine uses plant products as hypnotics and sedatives.

Chamerion flowers with the addition of leaves are used after special processing as a substitute for tea (this is where one of the popular names comes from); dried rhizomes, which have a sweet taste, are ground and added to flour.

Chamerion is also known as one of the best honey bearers. The honey productivity of the plant varies significantly: from 100 to 580 kg per hectare in different growth zones. Fresh honey is greenish in color, delicate in taste, with a weak aroma. During saccharification, it crystallizes into a fine-grained snow-white mass

Infusion of grass or leaves. 15 g of grass per 200 ml of boiling water. Insist for 15-20 minutes, filter. Take 1 tablespoon before meals.

Infusion of grass or leaves (external). 15 g of grass per 200 ml of boiling water. Insist for 15-20 minutes, filter. For lotions and rinses.

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