RIVER GRAVILATE (Geum rivale L.) Medicinal raw materials are rhizomes and grass of river gravilate. Rhizomes are harvested in autumn or early spring, grass – at the beginning of flowering. The grass is dried in the air under awnings, in well-ventilated rooms or in dryers. The dug out rhizomes are immediately washed with cold water, dried well in a draft and quickly dried in dryers at a temperature of 40-50 ° C, stirring frequently so that the raw material does not lose the aroma of cloves. The shelf life of raw materials is 1 year. Store in a tightly sealed container.


Preparations of rhizomes with roots of river gravilate are similar in action to the products of urban gravilate.


Rhizomes. In folk medicine, a decoction, powder – for headaches, insomnia, eye diseases, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, as a tonic after serious illnesses, for uterine and hemorrhoidal bleeding, malaria, scurvy, for inflammation of the kidneys, gall bladder and bladder, as an additional remedy in the treatment of tuberculosis, bronchial asthma and cough, as a means of increasing potency; externally (powder) – for powdering purulent wounds and ulcers. The drugs are effective against snake venom, reduce the spastic effect of barium chloride. Aboveground part. In folk medicine, infusion – for periodontal disease, stomatitis, laryngitis.


♦ A decoction of the rhizomes of river gravilate: 6 g of raw material is poured into 400 ml of hot water, boiled in a closed enamel bowl in a water bath for 30 minutes, filtered hot, squeezed and brought to the initial volume with boiled water. Take 2-3 tablespoons 3-4 times daily before meals. The course of treatment is 7-14 days. Repeat it after 5-7 days. ♦ Powder from the rhizomes of river gravel: prepared in a wooden mortar. Take 0.05-0.1 g 3 times every day before meals with water, but do not chew. The course of treatment is 7-10 days. ♦ Infusion of river gravilate grass: 1 tablespoon of raw material is poured into 400 ml of boiling water, insisted for 2 hours, then filtered. Take 1/2 cup 3 times every day before meals.


The rhizomes contain aromatic bitterness (“clove root”) and are used as a spicy seasoning for food, replacing cloves. Used in liquor and brewing industries. They produce red-brown paint. Salads, soups and mashed potatoes are prepared from young leaves. The stems are readily eaten by goats and sheep, and to a lesser extent by horses and pigs. They are suitable for tanning leather. The plant has insecticidal properties. Good honey plant, gives a lot of nectar and some pollen. Decorative. In floriculture, the Leonarde Var variety is common with large, from copper-pink to bronze flowers. Looks impressive in groups, borders and small bouquets.


Bushes are divided in spring and autumn. The divided parts are planted at a distance of 20 cm from each other. Seeds are sown in autumn or spring in boxes of greenhouses or on beds of open ground. Seedlings dive into boxes or beds, depending on where the sowing was carried out. They are planted in a permanent place in June – August (from the greenhouse) or in the spring of the next year.

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