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Swan, or as the plant is popularly called "flour grass", can be found on motherworts, in fields, along water bodies and roads. Due to the presence of a large amount of nutritious vitamins and minerals, quinoa is used in folk medicine.
- Main characteristics of the species
- Useful properties of quinoa
- How to prepare and store a plant?
Main characteristics of the species
"Flour grass" belongs to the Marev family. More than a hundred species of this plant are known, from which shrubs, grasses and shrubs are distinguished. In our region, few people know that quinoa has a unique composition. That is why the plant is mistaken for a weed, and is actively destroyed in garden plots and fields.
It is interesting to know that during the hunger strike, quinoa seeds were ground and added to wheat flour. The bread turned out to be very rough, but no less nutritious and tasty. "Flour grass" saved many Russian peasants from starvation. Today, many species of quinoa can be found on almost all continents, but it is most widespread in:
- North America
- Of Russia
Out of hundreds of thousands of species in our region, spreading quinoa is widespread. Due to the fact that the plant is tolerant of the salt content in the soil, the weed can be found almost everywhere. Due to light and dry seeds, quinoa very quickly takes up the territory. If you do not deal with the destruction of weeds in time, then the plant will occupy most of the site, preventing other species from growing and developing.
Note that most species of quinoa can be eaten not only by animals, but also by humans. The most valuable species for consumption is garden quinoa. Note also that the plant is a wonderful honey plant.
Useful properties of quinoa
Due to its unique composition, quinoa is used in the treatment of skin diseases, as well as rheumatism, mucous wounds and inflammation of the joints. The plant contains:
- more than 20 amino acids, half of which are not produced by the body
- vitamins of group P, C, B, PP
- organic acids
- essential oils
In folk medicine, "flour grass" is used fresh and cooked. Also, the plant is dried, tinctures and various lotions are made from it. Note that the beneficial properties of quinoa are manifested:
- diuretic effect
Shoots and young plants contain a real storehouse of proteins. It is the presence of proteins that determines that the plant overtakes animal products in its composition. Due to the presence of rutin and potassium, the plant is used to treat atherosclerosis and some cardiovascular diseases.
The seeds of the plant, which have found their application in the treatment of constipation and poisoning, cannot be ignored.
Eating dry, ground quinoa seeds, toxins and toxins are removed from the body, the so-called cleansing of the body takes place. Before deciding to apply plants and seeds, you should consult your doctor. Quinoa also has some contraindications for use. In particular, the herb should not be used by people with diseases of the nervous system and gastrointestinal tract.
Video about the beneficial properties of quinoa:
How to prepare and store a plant?
If you decide to prepare the plant yourself, then you need to know that you need to collect it before flowering. This is primarily due to the fact that it is then that the plant accumulates the maximum amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and the stems are particularly tender. Swan is forbidden to collect:
- near roads and dumps
- near lakes
- near factories
- in places of walking and grazing
The collected quinoa must be dried. The best place to dry is open air with moderate sun exposure. Monitor the condition of the quinoa, do not overdry the plant. You can store the quinoa in paper, a box and a plastic bag.
At this stage, it is important to remember a few rules: avoid excessive moisture, high temperatures, and from time to time check the bag of grass for pests. You can store dried quinoa for up to one year. You can make teas, infusions and decoctions from the plant.
So, quinoa is an annual plant that has earned popularity due to its unique, healing composition. The summer season is open, which means that this plant can take its rightful place in your home, natural medicine cabinet!