Ragwort

ORDINARY GORDON

 

An annual naked or cobweb-woolly plant with a straight, slightly branched stem up to 50 cm tall. The leaves are alternate, oblong-obovate, the lower ones are narrowed into a petiole, serrated, the rest are sessile, pinnately lobed. Whip baskets are yellow, oblong, collected in a sparse corymbose-paniculate inflorescence. Flowers tubular, bisexual. Blooms in July-August. The fruits are short-pressed-fluffy achenes.

Distributed in the forest and forest-steppe zones of the Caucasus, Siberia and the Far East. It grows like a weed within housing, in the garden, along roads.

Medicinal raw materials are grass, plant juice and roots.

The plant contains poisonous alkaloids senecin and senecionic, ascorbic acid, a nitrogen-free substance, which is a uterine remedy.

In folk medicine, it is used as an anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, emollient, anthelmintic and regulating menstruation. An infusion of the herb is drunk for hysterical convulsions, gastrointestinal colic, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea. Juice is used as an anticonvulsant and anthelmintic. The root in the form of a tincture is used as a hemostatic agent. Crushed leaves, pounded with oil, are applied to abscesses, hemorrhoidal bumps, hardened mammary glands.

 

Application

Infusion of herbs: a teaspoon for 2 cups of boiling water, insist an hour and take according to Art. spoon 2-3 times every day.

Root tincture: 25%; 30-40 drops per glass of water 1-3 times every day.

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