Cabbage family — Brassicaceae, or Cruciferae — Cruciferae

What do ordinary grits look like? An annual, sometimes biennial herbaceous plant 20-50 cm tall, with a basal rosette of pinnate leaves and a simple, sometimes branched stem, with small, sessile, whole or notched-toothed leaves. The flowers are white, small, collected in a long panicle. Fruits gradually ripen from the bottom to the top – they are pods in the form of a heart or a bag. It blooms in March – October.

Where do they grow? All over the territory of Ukraine (annoying weed) — in fields, gardens, near roads, houses.

What and when are collected? The entire flowering plant, from May to August.

When is it used? As a food product: leaves are put in soups, borsch, salads, seeds replace mustard. Buckwheat contains vitamins C and K, malic and citric acids, choline and tyramine, flavonoids (diosmetin), fumaric acid, triterpene saponins, tannins, sulfur cyanide glycoside, potassium; their skins have phytoncide activity (like horseradish), contain sulfur. It has been experimentally proven that buckwheat lowers blood pressure, increases uterine muscle contractions, and narrows peripheral blood vessels.

In the form of tea , buckwheat is brewed like this. Take 2 teaspoons of buckwheat per 1 cup of boiling water and infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 1 glass on an empty stomach and 1 in the evening, in sips: with diseases of the kidneys and bladder, swollen spleen, with bleeding from the nose, pulmonary, renal, with exhausting uterine bleeding in the climacteric period; with cholecystitis, metabolic disorders, with stone disease. Juice from crushed and pressed buckwheat plants helps with rheumatism and diarrhea (40-50 drops per spoonful of water or a glass of vodka).


With hypertension and atony of the intestines (choline, hyssopine glycoside, inoside, alkaloids, citric acid act) buckwheat has the property of lowering blood pressure and increasing intestinal peristalsis. Infuse 2-3 tablespoons of dry or fresh buckwheat herb in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes and drink steam 3 times a day. It is very useful to use buckwheat well rubbed in a mortar with sugar (15 g of fresh buckwheat grass with 45 g of sugar). This mass is consumed during the day.

When cavernous in the lungs, take 2 tablespoons of buckwheat , 1 tablespoon of oak bark and half a glass of port wine for 2 glasses of water; all this is boiled for 10 minutes in a closed vessel and the entire steam is drunk during the day (three times).

To stop long-term uterine bleeding, brew 1 tablespoon of a mixture of buckwheat grass, horsetail grass and mistletoe grass in a ratio of 3:3:4 in 1 glass of water, infuse for half an hour and drink a glass every evening.

The infusion is used for compresses on clogged areas and sores.

And also pay attention to the article Shepherd’s bag

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