Iris (popularly called “Cockerel”) is a plant amazing in its beauty and grace, sophistication of aromas, it has won the love of almost the entire population of the planet.
Iris is a perennial plant with more than 250 species and attracts attention with its beauty and variety of colorful shades. The plant acquired its unusual name in Ancient Greece. Iris was named by Hippocrates in honor of the goddess Iris, which in Greek means “rainbow”, and this is completely justified. The variety of colors of this flower is amazing, therefore florists often use iris when collecting bouquets, and gardeners decorate their flower beds and flower beds with this plant.
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But the beauty and graceful forms of this flower are not its only advantages. Not everyone knows that iris is unique in its healing properties, but folk medicine has been using this plant for medicinal purposes for more than four thousand years.
Currently, the chemical composition of iris has been thoroughly studied, therefore it is used not only in folk (healing), but also in official (evidence-based) medicine, which treats herbs with extreme caution. Therefore, this miracle plant is officially included in the register of medicinal herbs.
Iris is used for medical purposes not only in Russia, but also in Europe and the East.
Leaves, rhizomes, seeds and stems of the plant are used to make a medicinal infusion of iris. Also, oils made from iris root are used for cosmetic purposes.
Iris: medicinal properties
This plant is really unique, as it contains a large amount of amino acids, ascorbic acid (vitamin “C”), fatty oils, starch, organic acids, resinous substances, sugars, essential oils.
For example, due to the large amount of vitamin “C” contained in the leaves of the plant, iris significantly improves the functioning of the immune system.
Useful properties of iris
- It has a beneficial effect on the work of the gastrointestinal tract, gently relieves gastrointestinal disorders, improves its work, stops diarrhea and relieves spasmodic manifestations.
- It removes harmful toxins and poisons from the body, helps with poisoning.
- Relieves inflammation of the liver and biliary tract, helps to remove bile from the body, restores damaged liver cells.
- It stabilizes the work of the bladder, completely healing from a disease such as cystitis.
- Improves the functioning of the pancreas.
- Eliminates inflammatory processes in the kidneys, has a mild diuretic and decongestant effect, eliminating edema caused by disruption of the heart and kidneys.
Iris: beneficial properties and uses
- It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties, therefore it is effective in the treatment of influenza, acute respiratory viral infections, acute respiratory infections, colds.
- It has a thinning and sputum-removing antitussive effect, which greatly facilitates and improves respiratory processes in asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis.
- Strengthens the process of perspiration, which has a positive effect in the treatment of colds.
- It is a mild antipyretic agent, which improves the general condition of the human body during the period of illness.
But not only these properties are possessed by such a wonderful medicinal plant.
Medicinal properties of iris
- active in the treatment of bone tuberculosis;
- slows down the premature aging of body cells;
- gently normalizes blood pressure;
- has a mild laxative effect that simplifies the natural process of defecation;
- stops the growth of neoplasms, leads to their reduction and complete disappearance;
- increases the efficiency of the immune system, is an immunomodulatory agent, which helps to reduce the manifestation of a number of diseases, increases the protective properties of the human body;
- helps in ridding the body of helminthic invasions – parasites (ascaris, lamblia, pinworms), destroying both adults and their larvae, as well as harmful microorganisms;
- helps to restore the integrity of the skin, healing burns, cuts, wounds, ulcers, relieves skin inflammation, stops the process of decay of affected skin areas;
- relieves by rinsing inflammation of the mouth and throat, also relieves toothache and even strengthens tooth enamel, helps in the treatment of salivary glands;
- eliminates spasms and functional disorders of the cardiovascular system, strengthens the heart muscle, normalizing the heart as a whole;
- is a mild sedative, relieves nervous excitement and disorders.
Although there is no evidence that iris is poisonous and can cause any harm or negative side effect to the human body, individual susceptibility to this plant must be taken into account. The rich composition of biologically active substances can cause undesirable consequences. Therefore, one must understand that only with the approval of a specialist doctor, taking into account individual diseases and determining the personal dosage by the doctor, can the expected positive result be achieved.
Contraindications for taking iris
- high blood clotting,
- children under 12 years old,
- individual intolerance and hypersensitivity,
- stomach ulcer.
Tincture of iris: preparation
Before use, you must consult with your attending physician-specialist to prescribe a specific composition of tincture ingredients, their amount and individual duration of use.
There are generally accepted norms for making toffee tincture:
- Pour 15 grams of dry raw materials of ground roots into a thermos, pour 1 glass of hot water (just boiled), close the lid tightly and leave for 2 hours. Then strain the liquid and discard the raw materials.
- Pour 10 iris seeds into a thermos, pour 1 glass of hot water (just boiled), close the lid tightly and leave for 4 hours. Then strain the liquid and discard the raw materials.
- Chop 1 stem of iris, pour into a thermos, pour 1 glass of hot water (just boiled), close the lid tightly and leave for 1 hour. Then strain the liquid and discard the raw materials.
In cooking, iris root has also found its worthy use: a powder made from dried iris root is added during baking to various confectionery products, which gives them a special aroma and amazing taste. The crushed root is added to hot dishes for a spicy flavor.
Jam with amazing taste and aroma is made from iris petals.
Cosmetologists have given iris the attention it deserves. Due to the large amount of vitamins, macro- and microelements, essential oils, the infusion from this plant is effectively used for cosmetic purposes. If you wipe your face and décolleté with a freshly prepared cool infusion, gradually fine wrinkles will be smoothed out, and the skin will acquire a beautiful, youthful, toned appearance, pleasant softness and velvety.
Rinsing hair after shampooing with a warm decoction from raw materials based on iris root will not only give the hair a beautiful, healthy, shiny look, but also contribute to the density and enhance their growth, strengthen the hair follicles, which will prevent hair loss and premature baldness. eliminates dandruff, and also restores the scalp.
We draw your attention to the fact that it is advisable to eliminate any problematic at three levels: physical, energetic and spiritual.
The recipes contained in the article are not a guarantee of recovery. The information provided should be considered as capable of helping, based on the experience of traditional and modern medicine, the multifaceted action of herbal remedies, but not as a guarantee.
Before use, be sure to consult with a specialist (doctor)!