Cowberry is a small berry and evergreen shrub growing mainly in northern latitudes. The stems of this plant have a straight and branched shape, and its rhizome is located in the ground horizontally. Leaf cranberries do not fall. Outside they are painted in a dark green color, and their inner side is a light green hue with brown dots. Cowberry, whose useful properties are known all over the world, is both a wonderful treat and a curative plant. The healing power of this berry is determined by the substances that make up its composition: vitamins, organic acids, essential oils, etc. No wonder our ancestors called it the berry of immortality and made legends about it.
Flowering of red bilberries occurs in May-June. In this period of time on the branches of the plant appear pale pink flowers. Fruits appear a little later in August-September, they have a spherical shape and bright red color. They taste sweet and sour with a bitter taste. They are collected repeatedly, as they mature.
Cowberry leaves: useful properties of
In medicine and in cosmetology, not only berries of cranberries, but also leaves of this shrub are found, as they contain tannic compounds, organic acids, vitamins, flavonoids, antioxidants, and also tannins, astringents. Due to the components present in the leaves, they have a bactericidal and anti-inflammatory effect on the human body.
An infusion made from the leaves of this shrub is used as an effective disinfectant, diuretic and choleretic. Moreover, cranberry leaves are used for complex treatment. They are effective in the treatment of edema, pyelonephritis, prostatitis, gastritis, bronchitis, pneumonia, joint diseases, oral cavity, etc. As an additional treatment, the leaves of this evergreen shrub( as well as birch fungus chaga) are used even for cancer diseases.
Every year the leaves of this plant as a remedy are used more often. This trend is due to the fact that it is much easier to harvest, transport and store them than berries of cranberries. In addition, they can be purchased at the pharmacy at any time of the year.
Recipes of folk medicine with leaves of cowberry
Recipe # 1 - leaves of cowberry with uterine bleeding. To prepare this recipe, you will need two tablespoons of cranberry leaves. Place them in an enamel saucepan and pour into it 250 ml.water. Place the saucepan with the mixture on a water bath, and cook the mixture for half an hour. After that, strain the broth and take half a glass twice a day. The resulting infusion can be stored in the refrigerator for two days.
Recipe No.2 - leaves of cranberries with diseases of the abdominal cavity, with a cold and cough. In order to improve your health with colds and increase your immunity, you need to prepare a decoction from the leaves of this shrub. Take 30 grams of dried cowberry leaves, place them in a saucepan and pour 600 ml.water. Then boil the resulting mixture for 10 minutes. After the broth cools down - it is ready for use. It is recommended to drink three times a day for 200 ml. Before eating.
Recipe # 3 - cowberry leaves for dandruff and hair loss. To improve the condition of the scalp will help rinse the hair in decoction from the leaves of cranberries. For its preparation you will need 50 g of leaves of this shrub. Place them in a deep dish and pour a liter of boiling water. When the resulting mixture has cooled, the broth will be ready for use.
Wonderful bilberry berry, what is it good for?
Cowberry berry is an excellent remedy - a pantry of nutrients, vitamins, organic acids and minerals. It contains the most important vitamins: PP, C, B1, A, B2, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, as well as organic acids, carbohydrates, fats, anthocyanin pigments, etc. Its distinctive feature is low calorie content, since in 100 g. Berries contain only 43 calories.
The use of berries cranberries has a significant overall positive effect on the human body: improves the nervous and immune system, strengthens the heart, eliminates the vulnerability of capillaries and vessels, improves metabolism, etc. Among diseases in which it is recommended to use berries cranberries, you can identify diseases such as cystitis, urinary incontinence, vitamin deficiency, gout, diabetes mellitus, as well as lesions of the gastrointestinal tract, uterine bleeding, salt deposits and many others.
That's interesting! By the amount of benzoic acid present in cowberry, this berry surpasses even cranberries. In addition, provitamin A is present in the cowberry, which promotes the normal functioning of the retina, protects the body from premature aging, and also activates the immune system.
Under what conditions is it recommended to use berries cranberries?
- The use of these berries contributes to the suppression of pathogenic fungi microspores, candida, trichophytes, as well as the fight against trichomoniasis.
- The berries of this evergreen shrub are indispensable for intoxication. With their regular use, even some heavy metals are removed from the human body: cesium, cobalt, lead.
- Prolonged use of insect from cowberry berries restores sight, so doctors insist on using these berries to people who spend a lot of time at the computer.
- Cowberry juice is used as an aid in the treatment of hypertension. It has a particularly effective effect on the initial stages of this disease.
- Cowberry berries tonic effect on the heart muscle, increasing the strength of its contraction. Moreover, they normalize blood pressure, increase the elasticity and strength of the walls of blood vessels.
- Berries of this shrub contribute to the treatment of gastritis with low acidity, as well as flatulence, diarrhea and other similar conditions.
Cowberry berry: recipes
Recipe # 1 - cowberry drink. To make this recipe, you will need 50 g of cranberry juice, sugar and honey. Add 150 ml of cranberry juice. Warm boiled water, sugar and honey to taste. Drink this drink 100 ml three times a day after meals. He regains strength with general weakness, colds, flu, and also improves well-being in hypertension and headache.
Recipe number 2 - infusion of fruits. To prepare this recipe, you need to pass a colander in boiling water 200 g of cranberries, and then for six hours, insist them in 400 ml of cold boiled water. The resulting infusion is recommended to drink 100 ml four times a day. Cowberry infusion is effective for constipation, colitis, gastritis, as well as for kidney and liver diseases.
Recipe # 3 - tea with berries. In order to improve immunity, as well as the body's resistance to various infections, doctors recommend adding fresh or dried lingonberry fruit to the tea.
Recipe # 4 - decoction of berries from cowberry. With anemia, as well as with diabetes as a secondary treatment, doctors recommend that patients drink from cowberry. For its preparation you need 1 tablespoon of berries of this plant and water. Put the berries in a saucepan and add 250 ml of boiled water. Put the saucepan on the stove and cook the mixture for 10 minutes. Then let the broth brew. After about an hour it will be ready for use, it is recommended to drink it a glass several times a day after eating. Recipe № 5 - cranberry juice. With eczema or scabies, the juice of cranberries is effective, which must be applied to the affected areas with a compress. In order to prepare this remedy, crush the bilberry berries and moisten in a squeezed juice a piece of bandage, which subsequently fit into a sore spot.
Cowberry: contraindications to the use of
Despite the fact that lingonberry is a very useful berry, there are contraindications to its use. For example, in large quantities it irritatively affects the gastric mucosa, so it should not be eaten by people with high acidity and those suffering from gastritis. In addition, to limit the use of this berry also follows those who suffer from cholecystitis. Juice cranberries, as well as a decoction of its leaves helps to reduce the pressure, so hypotension is also not recommended to eat it. In fresh form these berries are forbidden to be used by patients with a duodenal ulcer or stomach.
Doctors advise to limit the use of cranberries if:
- you suffer from kidney diseases, as this plant contains tannins;
- you have a hypersensitivity to the substances that make up cranberries;
- you have been found to have internal bleeding or the day before you had an operation, as these berries have a liquefying effect. Lingonberry
lingonberry berries are also used in cooking for preparation of various juices, syrups, jams, mousse, jam etc. These berries can be marinated, soaked, dried, so the dishes in which they are included, tasty and varied. One of the most popular culinary creations with this berry is cowberry sour, the recipe of which we will now describe.
Wet lingonberry is an old dish of Slavic cuisine. In the distant past, every housewife was engaged in cooking, as cowberry is a real storehouse of health, especially in winter. Adding it to your food in the cold season will save you from colds, increase immunity and resistance to various diseases.
- 6-8 clove bud,
- 2 teaspoons of salt,
- 1 cinnamon stick,
- 6-7 peppercorns scented,
- 2 tablespoons sugar,
-1 liter of boiled water,
- berries cranberries.
Step 1. First of all you need to cook the syrup of water, salt, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. To do this, place the above ingredients in a saucepan, put it on a stove and bring it to a boil over a small fire. After the syrup has boiled for a few minutes, put the saucepan in a cool place and wait until it cools down.
Step 2. Wash and reassemble berries, pour them into a pre-scalded with boiling water jars and pour the cooled syrup. Store the damp cranberries in a cool place and use it as a side dish to meat dishes, poultry dishes, salads.
How to store lingonberries?
Cowberry berries are very convenient for long-term storage, as they contain benzoic acid, which protects them from fermentation and decay. Therefore, they can be stored and fresh. The most important thing at the same time, initially remove the spoiled berries, wash the remaining ones, fill them in a clean glass jar and pour it over with filtered water. Keep cowberries in a cool, dark place.
This is important! Cranberries tend to absorb radionuclides and other harmful substances, so it should be collected only in ecologically clean places, away from major cities, railways, etc. Only if you pick berries in safe places, their use will benefit you!
Another way to keep lingonberries is to conserve sugar. Due to its bitter taste, this berry requires the addition of a sufficiently large amount of sugar, but this method of conservation preserves the berries in a good condition for a long time, providing you with useful substances and nutrients throughout the winter.
Recipe: cranberries with sugar on
winter To do this you will need half a kilogram of sugar and one kilogram of cleaned berries cranberries.
Step 1. Clean and wash the berries.
Step 2. Grind the cranberries with a blender or meat grinder.
Step 3. Pour the crushed berries into a deep bowl, topping them with sugar and mixing thoroughly.
Step 4. Sterilize the jars and lids or simply shave them with boiling water.
Step 5. In still not cooled down banks spread the cranberries with sugar and close the lid.
Step 6. Place the jars in a dark and cool place.
Lingonberry is not only a favorite taste of grandmother's jam since childhood and a well-known berry, but also a curative plant rich in nutritious elements, vitamins and minerals. Leaves and berries cranberries are used for medicinal purposes for a long time, because they are so useful for the human body that they are used in the treatment of almost all diseases. But berries cranberries are used not only for healing or healing, they are also used in cooking, allowing to create amazing culinary creations from cranberries: jams, fruit drinks, jelly, drinks, jam and much more.