Medicinal gorse – Ankhusa officinalis

Anchusa officinalis (Anchusa officinalis); Ankhusa medicinal


Beware POISON!

Biennial bristly-haired plant of the short-leaved family. The stem is erect, 30–90 cm tall, simple when young, later very branched, with drooping branches after flowering. Swallows alternate, simple, linear-lanceolate, entire: upper – sessile, lower – narrowed into a winged petiole. Flowers bisexual, regular, in curls; corolla funnel-shaped, initially purple, later blue. The fruit is a nut. Blooms in May – June.

Distribution . It grows almost throughout the territory of Ukraine in fields, near roads, in weedy places.

Raw. They use grass collected during the flowering of the plant.

The plant is unofficial .

Chemical composition . St. John’s wort contains alkaloids cynoglossine and choline, glucoalkaloid consolidin, allantoin, dyes and mucus. The seeds contain a fatty oil.

Pharmacological properties and use . St. John’s wort has a softening, diuretic, diaphoretic and blood-cleansing effect. The allantoin isolated from the plant was used as part of the ointment for slow healing of wounds and ulcers, and in the form of a colloidal solution – for the treatment of stomach and duodenal ulcers. In folk medicine, yarrow is used as a remedy for cough, inflammation of the kidneys, flu and toothache.

Medicinal forms and applications .

Internally , dry crushed grass is brewed as tea. and drink half a glass 3 times a day.

The plant is poisonous!

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