BLACK DROPPER (expensive grass)
Evergreen branched creeping shrub with dark brown leaves, from the family of shiksheva. The leaves are small, elliptical. The flowers are axillary, pink, found in May-June. The fruit is a black berry.
It grows in the peat bogs of the North, in damp places in the tundra and polar-arctic zones.
Medicinal raw materials are branches (grass) collected during flowering.
The plant contains benzoic, acetic acids, pectin tannins, flavonoids, resins, carotene, vitamin C.
Dropsy has long been known as a sedative. Therefore, an infusion of herbs (a tablespoon of herbs in a glass of boiling water) is used for fatigue, headaches, for nervous functional disorders, and also against scurvy.
In Tibetan medicine, dropsy is used to treat kidney disease and anthrax.
In Transbaikalia, an infusion of herbs is used in the treatment of epilepsy and paralysis. Nenets and Khanty branches of dropsy, soaked for half an hour in warm water, are tied to wounds and abrasions for quick healing.