Description of lily of the valley

In Latin, this flower is called the lily family Liliaceae, the etymology of the name of Latin and Greek, which includes the word "lily" and "valley".Most often, it can be found in deciduous and mixed forests of the European part of Russia, it grows in the foothills of the Caucasus, on the Black Sea coast.

lily of the valley is difficult to confuse with other colors - at the base of the flower arrows collected lanceolate leaves are dark green, but on the arrow located from 3 to 13 fragrant bell-shaped flowers with shestizubchatym limb.By the end of June, when flowering stops, the plant gives fruits - bright o
range-red berries are spherical.As a medicinal raw material of his harvest in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. In folk medicine, most often for the preparation of infusions and decoctions used grass lily - flower arrows, cut below the 6th flower.

Just like other herbs, harvested during flowering lily of the valley, curative considered not only the leaves and flowers, but the flowers themselves, and arrows, which are called "grass lily of the valley."Since the plants are listed in the Red Book, the collection was not disrupted, and cut so as not to damage the root system.Also be sure to leave a 1 square meter of at least one does not cut lily.Dried material on the same day when assembled, expanding in areas without access to direct sunlight, but well ventilated.

use of lily of the valley in traditional medicine

The land part of lily of the valley containing cardiac glycosides - biologically active substances, the effect of which is aimed at normalization of the cardiovascular system.The consequence of this positive impact is becoming and improving kidney function, their excretory function, which helps to eliminate swelling, to normalize the existing difficulty urinating. particularly effective combination therapies based on the extract of the herb valerian and lily of the valley, motherwort, hawthorn, providing a soothing light sedative effect.

glycosides lily of the valley have a mild sedative effect on the nervous system, they, unlike digitalis drugs, do not accumulate in the body and not toxic.The infusion lily of the valley is prescribed for people suffering from compensated heart defect or neurosis, thyrotoxicosis.In clinical cases of acute decline of cardiac patients prescribed intravenous drug Korglikon containing a complete set of lily of the valley glycosides.The soothing properties of decoctions and infusions of flowers and leaves of this plant are well known and traditional healers have been successfully used in alternative medicine.