Mother and stepmother Spring came and went during the harvest herbs. The very first on thawed and hills appear coltsfoot. It can be harvested as early as April. About it today and we'll talk. "PORTRAIT" plants generic name of Latin tussis – Cough, agree – cast out, cast out, farfarus – the Latin name of the mother-and-stepmother from far – flour, fero – bear. Perennial herb 10-25 cm tall, with small yellow reed flowers, gathered in a basket. Leaves large, orbicular-cordate, sinuate-toothed, lower belovoylochnye, above the green. The underside of the leaves soft and warm, and the top – hard and cold, and why there was the Russian name of the plant – coltsfoot.

Leaves appear just after flowering. Blossoms in March – early May. It grows on moist sandy or clay soil along the banks of rivers, ponds, ditches, the ravines, fields almost everywhere in the European part of Russia, the Caucasus, in Siberia, the Far East and Central Asia. With the purpose of treatment the leaves, at least – flower baskets. Harvest flower baskets in March – April, leaves – in the first half of summer, them or cutting off up to half of the petiole. Should not be collect the young leaves, pubescent above. Medicinal properties Medicinal properties of plants were known in ancient Greece and ancient Rome. Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder recommended a decoction of leaves with pulmonary diseases and cough. Hippocrates also used coltsfoot as an expectorant and as a powder with an abscess.

Wild herbs are collected by many. Mass unskilled collecting them has led to what is now increasingly difficult to meet the desired plant. Is ruthless destruction of natural resources, and few people care about their preservation and augmentation. Forgotten unwritten law: sobval one plant – plant ten. Would like to see everyone before collecting plants, a thorough study of them.

This will help to distinguish these from similar to them, poisonous or not with the right medicinal properties. Harvesting of medicinal plants are an early vesnTy until late autumn. This takes into account the environment area, where they grow. Collect them away from highways, industrial enterprises. You can not harvest the plants in the fields, where the use of mineral fertilizers, pesticides. We must also consider the radiation purity of the district. It should be remembered that the medicinal plants, as well as on everything else, there are fruitful and years. Do not make harvesting of grasses from year to year in the same place – they should play their natural resources.

If this year you did a great harvesting of a plants do not store it in the next – the raw material of the last year has almost the same properties as the previous one. The term of his life – 2-3 years. It is also necessary to remember that the grass at the site collection is not completely pull out, some copies are left for the conservation of natural resources. The value of raw material depends on the accumulated in the plants biologically active substances, and their presence – on the soil where they grow, the period piece.