VERONICA MEDICINAL (Veronica officinalis L.) Medicinal raw materials are the tops of the stems with leaves and flowers. Raw materials are harvested at the beginning of flowering plants. Dry quickly at a temperature of 35-40 ° C, trying to prevent changes in the natural color of the petals of the flowers and their shedding. The shelf life of raw materials is 2 years. Fresh grass is odorless, dried has a pleasant smell. The taste of raw materials is tart, bitter.
The plant has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, hemostatic, expectorant, wound healing, diuretic and choleretic properties. Infusion of herbs improves appetite and digestion.
APPLICATIONS IN MEDICINE
Aboveground part. Infusion – to stimulate appetite, as an astringent for gastritis with low acidity of gastric juice and enterocolitis, as an expectorant and sputum thinner for bronchitis and bronchial asthma. In homeopathy, the essence of fresh herbs is used. In folk medicine, infusion – for liver diseases, stomach ulcers, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, increased nervous excitability, insomnia, colds, bronchial asthma, menopause, exhaustion; externally – with scrofula, eczema, fungal skin diseases; for gargling, washing wounds (as a wound healing agent); in the form of compresses and lotions – with bruises; in the form of baths – for skin diseases in babies. In the form of tea, it is used for hernia. Juice – with kidney disease, gout. In the states of Western Europe – with bronchial asthma, gout, rheumatism, kidney stone disease, skin diseases, furunculosis, tonsillitis, as an astringent for gastrointestinal disorders, atony of the stomach, catarrh of the upper respiratory tract, and itching of the genitals. Leaves, flowers (pulverized, fresh). Applied topically for skin diseases and sweating of the feet.
DOSAGE FORMS, METHOD OF APPLICATION AND DOSES
♦ Infusion of herb Veronica officinalis: 20 g of raw material is poured into 1 liter of boiled water, insisted, then filtered. Take 2 tablespoons 2 hours before meals.
APPLICATIONS IN OTHER FIELDS
Young leaves are part of seasonings for fish soup, salads for meat and fish dishes. Flowers are used to flavor some varieties of cognacs, liqueurs, the famous wine – Spanish Malaga. An infusion of Veronica officinalis is used in veterinary medicine for bloody diarrhea in cattle and horses. Spring-summer honey plant, gives a supporting bribe, honey productivity – 18 kg / ha.