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Healing properties of sleep herbs and cooking recipes (backache)

Sleep grass, or the plant of the chamber, belonging to the family of buttercups, is a perennial flower. The plant can be found in the northern and southern regions of Europe, in the north of America, in China, in some areas of Mongolia. It is found in Russia and in Ukraine, in Kazakhstan, Lithuania and Latvia.

Sleep grass: description

Sleep grass, or backache, is a low-looking flower on a thick stalk. It does not exceed 20 centimeters in height, the stem is vertical, strong, covered with a long white fuzz. The leaves are thin, located under the flower, covered with a fluff during flowering, which later falls.

Peduncle is straight, the flowers are extraordinarily beautiful - purple bells with a jagged top and orange core.

A bell flower looks before blooming. Having blossomed, according to the description, the plant looks like a star. The flowers are also covered with a fluff outside.

The plant lumbago prefers podzolic soil, grows in mixed or coniferous forests, hides under shrubs.

Sleep grass in mythology

Since ancient times, the grass lumbago aboutmystical stories are spinning. The flower got its second name thanks to the legend. The legend said that because of its beauty, the purple bell very much attracted impure force. With the help of an unusually bright flower, the evil spirit stupefy the human consciousness, pushing people to sin.

The balance of Good and Evil was broken, God's angels were forced to intervene. The elder Archangel threw his spear from heaven to earth, after which the middle of the flower flashed orange. Since then, all the devilry is afraid of a flower like a fire, and people began to call the grass a shot grass or lumbago.

In Slavic mythology, dream grass was often used to see a prophetic dream. It was enough just to put a bunch of grass at the head of the bed.

In the people of sleep, the grass has acquired several nicknames: nap-grass, dreamer, samsonchik. People still use its sleeping pills to this day.

Plant species

In total, there are more than 30 species of this plant in nature. All varieties of a plant are similar in appearance to each other, the color and shape of flowers, the density of a gun can vary. At home, grown about 20 varieties of this plant. The most popular is considered to be:

  • lumbago;
  • spring shot,
  • shot open
  • backslif meadow or black,
  • golden chamber,
  • white shot,
  • Haller's chamber.

Lumbago or vetrotsvet taken attributed to perennial plants, a height not exceeding 50 centimeters, stalked straight, has a silvery fluff. It occurs often, especially in Europe, in the Caucasus, in the countries of Central Asia. It blooms in early spring.

Based on this species, several varieties were bred:

  • Alba (white flowers).
  • Barton pink (pink flowers).
  • Gotlandica (purple flowers).
  • Ena Constance (dark red flowers).
  • Rubra (purple flowers).

Spring chamber attributed to the family of buttercups. It is often mistaken for snowdrops. Often found in Russia, in the northeastern part of Europe, in Asia Minor. It does not exceed 30 centimeters in height, the flowers are white-violet (the photo of the grass is below the dream). Flowering begins in May and lasts about 25 days.

Lumbagodisclosed most often found in the southern regions of Western Siberia, in some regions of Central and Western Europe.

Plant height about 35-50 centimeters, plant with a strong pubescent stem, flowers bluish-purple. Flowering begins in April, lasts about 25 days.

Lumbagomeadow or blackening prefers grow in pine forests and on sunny slopes. This plant can be found in the Leningrad region, in the Urals and in Siberia. On a low plant (about 25–30 centimeters in height) there are flowers from pale lilac to yellowish-green flowers (in the photo). Begins to bloom at the very end of April, blooms about 30 days.

Homeland lumbagogolden considered to be the Caucasus. The height of the plant does not exceed 35–45 centimeters, completely covered with silver fluff. Flowers are well opened, have a yellowish-golden shade. Begins to bloom in June, blooms for about 25 days.

Lumbagowhite can be found in the Alpine meadows. In appearance - it is a white bell, with bluish inclusions from the outside. Often grow with myrstolia rhododendron.

Lumbago Raller It is considered to be a small herbaceous plant, about 15–20 centimeters high. Often found in the Crimea and in some areas of Europe. The flowers are dark purple in the form of a bell. Flowering begins in April, lasts about 27-30 days, re-flowering is possible in the fall. Fruits in the summer months, mainly in June - July.

Many varieties of sleep grass are listed in the Red Book in Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania.

Sleep grass in everyday life

Previously, grass juice was used by artists for the breeding of paints. It was believed that the paint diluted with the juice of a lumbar longevity lasts longer on the canvas, does not fade and does not tarnish.

In veterinary medicine, still in many Asian countries, the grass is used to cure an animal from glanders. In addition, small cattle eat this plant in the spring. At the beginning of summer, shepherds watch over cattle vigilantly; when summer comes, the plant becomes poisonous and cannot be eaten.

Medicinal properties: indications and contraindications

The plant of the chamber is not only a decorative ornament of the garden and flower beds, its healing properties have been used by man since time immemorial. Lumbago has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it is used to lower blood pressure, as a sedative.

In folk medicine, the plant is used in the diagnosis of the following diseases:

It should be remembered that the official medicine in the pharmacological industry does not use this plant. It is widespread in the recipes of alternative medicine, decoctions and tinctures are prepared from it.

The plant has contraindications, in particular:

  • during pregnancy
  • with hepatitis,
  • in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract,
  • in renal failure,
  • with liver failure.

At hit of juice of a plant on skin there are chemical burns of the first and second degree. If pure juice is ingested, burns of the intestines and the gastrointestinal tract are possible.

It should be remembered that sleep grass is considered a poisonous plant, before using it is necessary to consult a specialist.

Chamber opened

Poisonous herb. Protected by law and in the Red Book. In folk medicine, it is valued for hypnotic, analgesic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, enveloping, relaxing, sedative properties. From the dry raw materials prepare decoctions, infusions, alcohol tinctures. Fresh herb is most often used in homeopathy.

Sleep-grass received this name in the people because of the pronounced hypnotic properties. Since ancient times, not only Slavic peoples knew its benefits, but also the Mongols, the Chinese, the indigenous people of Siberia and North America. It is known not only sedative, but also antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, expectorant action of the herb. It is important to remember that sleep-grass is a poisonous plant. Uncontrolled use and self-medication can lead to overdose and poisoning. Even inhalation of vapors of fresh grass can be hazardous to health. Sleep-grass is found in the myths and legends of different nations. In ancient times, it was used to make a magical potion.

Growing area

Lumbago, or sleep-grass is found in Europe, especially in the middle lane and southern regions. But also it can be seen in Northern Europe - Sweden and Finland. It also grows in Siberia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, the Far East, and North America. He likes dry pine and mixed forests, open meadows and forest edges, sunny slopes, meadows and steppes.

Botanical characteristic

Back chamber opened. Botanical illustration of Jacob Sturm from the book “Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen”, 1796.

What does sleep-grass look like? The average plant height is 15 cm, but under good conditions it can reach 40 cm. In early spring, the stem is thrown (less often two or three) from the rhizome. What is the botanical description of the dream-herb medicinal plant?

  • Perennial herbaceous plant.
  • Stem erect, covered with thick soft hairs.
  • At the end of the stem is a large bell-shaped flower of a light lilac color.
  • On the flower are numerous yellow anthers (the upper part of the stamen).
  • Leaves silvery, strongly pubescent, dissected.
  • It blooms in March and May, depending on the range.
  • Propagated only by seeds.

Is it possible to collect grass

The grass is listed in the Red Book of Russia. In particular, the collection of plants is prohibited in the Moscow, Ryazan, Lipetsk, Oryol, Tula, Kaluga regions. In some regions, lumbago is a rare plant. Refers to shrinking, vulnerable species. For example, at the end of the XIX century there were sixteen flower populations, today there are only nine. What is the reason for the extinction of the grass? Collection for bouquets, bulk harvesting as a medicinal raw material, overgrowing of the plant’s areas with thick grass.

You can grow sleep-grass in the garden and as a beautiful decorative flower, and as a medicinal raw material. For therapeutic purposes, use the entire aboveground part. Experienced herbalists do not recommend cooking any homemade medicine from fresh grass. Fresh stems, leaves and flowers contain protoanemonin, a toxic substance. During drying, after about 3-4 months, it disappears. But the raw material does not lose its medicinal properties, it becomes less toxic.

Healing action

Healing properties of sleep herbs:

  • pain reliever
  • astringent
  • sedative
  • relaxing
  • hypnotic,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • bactericidal
  • diuretic,
  • choleretic
  • expectorant
  • enveloping
  • wound healing.

In chemical composition:

  • saponins
  • coumarins
  • volatile substances (anemonin),
  • camphor,
  • tannins.

List of indications

What does sleep-grass help? What diagnoses are recommended to take grass?

  • Functional disorders of the nervous system. Main indications: migraine, agitation, insomnia, irritability, hysteria, headache. It also improves the emotional state, improves mood, relieves bouts of melancholy and depression.
  • Respiratory system . An open chamber gives an antispasmodic and expectorant effect. It is prescribed for coughing (bronchitis, bronchial asthma, whooping cough).
  • Benefits for women's health. The herb has a pronounced sedative effect, helps to calm down the pre-menopausal period. Relieves signs of PMS. Especially helps with spastic pains in the lower abdomen, headache, unstable emotional state, tearfulness, irritability. In the old herbalists described that before the chamber was given to women to stimulate childbirth, as well as their anesthesia.
  • The cardiovascular system . More rarely, it is mentioned that the plant's chamber is beneficial for disturbances in the work of the heart, stimulates cardiac activity, relieves vascular spasms, and lowers blood pressure.
  • Outdoor use. You can apply rubbing in diseases of the joints (rheumatism, gout, arthritis), treat with strong infusions wounds, eczema, fungal skin lesions, burns. The herb acts as an anesthetic and antiseptic.

In some sources indicated that the grass lumbar helps with cataracts and glaucoma caused by increased intraocular pressure. Also found information that the plant has anti-tumor properties, helps with cancer. It is also taken in benign prostate tumors in men.

Features of the application and recipes for the preparation of sleep herbs

What is the use of sleep-grass at home? In what dosage forms can it be taken orally, used externally?

How to cook a decoction of dry medicinal raw materials?

  1. Take 1–2 tsp of raw materials.
  2. Fill with a glass of cold water.
  3. Boil 1 minute.
  4. Insist on 30 minutes.
  5. Strain.

The average dosage is 1-2 tbsp. l decoction 3 times a day (preferably after meals). Recommend to take for the normalization of sleep and psycho-emotional state.

It is important to respect the dosage and treatment prescribed by the doctor. In case of overdose, inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys is possible. The most severe and dangerous consequence of an overdose or hypersensitivity to the herb is paralysis.

Usually the infusion is prepared for external use - washing of wounds and skin, lotions and compresses. With extensive skin lesions, eczema, scabies, joint pain, it is recommended to add to therapeutic baths.

  1. Take 1 tbsp. l raw materials.
  2. Pour a glass of boiling water.
  3. Insist 12 hours.
  4. Strain.

Under the supervision of a physician, concentrated infusions (in small doses) can be taken orally.

From lumbago (sleep-herbs), you can make alcohol tinctures. They are used internally and externally.

  1. Take 1 piece of dry raw material.
  2. Pour 5 parts of alcohol 40%.
  3. Insist week in a warm and dark place.
  4. Strain.

Most often used for rubbing with rheumatic pains. Inside take 10 drops 2 times a day after meals, diluted with water.

Application in homeopathy

The plant is a dream-herb in homeopathy is used only fresh. Homeopathic drops (Pulsatilla) are prepared from fresh stems and flowers. What are the indications for this drug?

  • Headaches, migraine.
  • Irregular periods.
  • Neurosis.
  • Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (despite the contraindications in folk and traditional medicine).
  • Diseases of the kidneys and bladder.
  • Cold, inflammation of the throat, ears, respiratory diseases.
  • Gout and rheumatism.
  • Externally, the agent is treated with frostbite, eczema, fungal lesions.

Apply in strict dosage and appropriate dilution under the supervision of a homeopathic doctor. Treats toxic drugs because of the high content of protoanemonin.

Lumbago (sleep-grass) - sedative, sedative. It is most often prescribed for neurosis and insomnia. In addition, the plant acts as a mild analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant. Externally, it is used to treat wounds, burns and rashes on the skin, used for rubbing and compresses for diseases of the joints.

What is sleep-grass?

Lumbago is a poisonous plant, and it is listed in the Red Book. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that flowering can continue throughout the year. Lumbago or dream-grass is collected in the flowering period. Tear off is not the individual parts of the plant, and the bushes completely, along with the roots. Note that flower juice may cause a burn if it comes into contact with the skin. Drying is carried out in a shaded and ventilated room. In traditional medicine, juice from fresh leaves and flowers is still used.

What does grass look like?

To describe the presented medicinal plant it is worth noting the following facts:

  1. Sleep-grass is a perennial crop that reproduces only by seed.
  2. The stem is erect and in most cases it reaches a height of 15 cm, but there are instances and 40 cm each. It is covered with soft hairs from above.
  3. The flower has the shape of a bell and is painted in a light purple hue. It is worth noting the presence of a large number of yellow anthers.
  4. The leaves are silver colored, dissected, and have a strong edge.

Sleep-grass - medicinal properties

As a result of the research, it was found that a large number of useful properties of the lumbago.

  1. Flower sleep-grass has a sedative effect. It copes well with cramps, germs and fungi.
  2. It is used as an anesthetic, and the plant also has a positive effect on the activity of the nervous system, therefore it is considered an excellent sedative and hypnotic.
  3. Sleep-grass is a medicine that can be used externally, and all due to the presence of irritating, anesthetic and other properties.
  4. It is worth noting that the plant is widely used in homeopathy, so Pulsatilla preparations are made from fresh plants.
  5. It is important to indicate that sleep-herb should be applied according to the dosage, which must be agreed with the doctor. At the use of large doses, inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys is possible. In the presence of individual intolerance may develop paralysis.

Sleep grass - tincture of alcohol

If alcohol is used for the preparation of a folk medicine, then it is effective to apply it inside and out. In the first case, it is important to carefully control the dose, since its excess can be dangerous to health. Lumbago (sleep-grass) is effective for different rubbing, for example, for rheumatic pains. The tincture is well absorbed, penetrating deep tissues and improving the patient's condition.

  • dry grass - 1 part,
  • alcohol 40% - 5 parts.

  1. Insist the mixed components throughout the week in a warm place, away from sunlight.
  2. After the end of the allotted period, strain the infusion and can be used. It is recommended to store it in a dark glass jar in a cool place.
  3. When administered, the dosage in most cases is 10 drops twice a day after meals. It is better to dilute the tincture with water.

Sleep-grass for joints

Представленное лекарственное растение хорошо справляется с воспалениями, болезненными ощущениями и спазмами, поэтому оно будет полезно при разных проблемах с суставами. Представленной выше спиртовой настойкой рекомендуется на пораженных местах рисовать сетку. Lumbago opened or sleep-grass is used to prepare the infusion, which is more often used externally. It is effective not only for joints, but also for bruises, scabies and various skin lesions.

  • lumbago - 1 tbsp. spoon,
  • boiling water - 1 tbsp.

  1. Connect the prepared components and insist them for 12 hours.
  2. It will only filter and can be used for rubbing problem areas. Under the supervision of a physician, the infusion can be taken inside.

Grass lumbago - cancer treatment

Many plants have proven to be effective in treating oncology. Plant sleep-herb has a strong antitumor effect, so it is used in the treatment of cancer of any location. It is important to understand that it can only be an adjunct and can only be taken with the permission of the doctor. For the treatment of cancer is used decoction, for the preparation of which you need dry medicinal raw materials.

  • lamb grass - 1-2 tsp,
  • water - 1 tbsp.

  1. Plant water and put on a small fire. Boil everything for a minute.
  2. After that, turn off the stove and insist on the broth for another half hour, and then strain it.
  3. Take the broth is necessary for 1-2 tbsp. spoon three times a day after meals.

Sleep-grass: description for children

Lumbago is a perennial plant with a vertical dark rhizome. It has a unbranched stem, reaching a height of 20 cm, with soft hairs, densely pubescent.

Leaves are basal, pinnately dissected, shaggy from a huge number of white hairs. Together with them, the peduncle develops with a large single drooping purple flower resembling a small tulip. A simple perianth consists of six lobes on the outside. At the base of the peduncle also has a bract pubescent.

Lumbago (sleep-grass), care, cultivation, the reproduction of which does not present any particular difficulties, blooms in spring. It grows mainly on open sandy hills, on dry slopes, in the pine forests of the Western European part of Russia.

The plant contains saponins, anemonin. At the same time, the extract from the leaves of sleep grass has a strong fungicidal and bactericidal effect. Used in veterinary medicine. Very poisonous. Actively destroyed in many areas by collectors of primroses. The chamber was in the Red Book, is currently under protection.

Beneficial features

The plant contains glycoside hepatrylobin, protoanemonin, vitamin C, saponins, tannins, camphor, resins and other substances. It has expectorant, diuretic, analgesic, sedative and bactericidal action. Stimulates the liver.

Sleep-grass is rich in proto-anemonin - a very caustic substance that produces a surprisingly strong fungicidal and bactericidal effect. It also found saponins. The juice of this plant is highly irritating to the skin, while causing very unpleasant sensations.

Spring chamber

This plant, reaching 30 centimeters in height, with a straight or curved stem, leathery leaves that appear after flowering. In spring, the flowers are snow-white inside, with a slight purple hue. They bloom in May and bloom for almost a month.

Back chamber bell

Such a dream-grass description is very interesting. Its height is up to 35 centimeters. The leaves are heavily chopped. For the plant is characterized by narrow-bell-shaped flowers, purple or blue-violet. They bloom in late spring, in May.

Sleep-grass: application. Description of indications for medical use

The plant has an antimycotic and antimicrobial effect, reduces pressure, has a powerful sedative effect, slows down the frequency of respiration and pulse. In official medicine it is not used.

Infusions and decoctions of sleep-herbs are used for neurosis, headache, insomnia, hysterical seizures. External lumbago is used for pyoderma, pain in the joints, fungi, scabies. It is believed that the decoction of this herb helps in small doses with weakness of the abdominal front wall and lung diseases. Tincture is used inside with articular rheumatism, it is also rubbed into sore joints. In folk medicine in China, dry extract and plant extracts treat bacterial and amoebic dysentery. Homeopaths use it as a venotonic.

You need to know that a fresh plant is very poisonous due to the content of anemonin, which causes inflammation of the mucous membranes and skin. In contact with sleep-grass burns 1 and 2 degrees. At the same time, when ingestion, symptoms of intestinal and gastric mucosa lesions appear. The plant does not apply to pregnancy, pyelonephritis, hepatitis and gastritis.

Anemone Uncovered: Botanical Reference

These amazing lilac-blue bells with a pubescent stem are called sleep-grass or lumbago opened. The plant belongs to the family of Buttercups, the chamber is listed in the Red Book in the territories of Russia and adjacent states.

In nature, the growing area of ​​lumbago is quite wide - elegant bells are found not only on our continent, often sleep-grass can be found on the territory of North America, in Central and South Asia. The plant inhabits wastelands, the edges of deciduous forests, prefers sod-podzolic soils, mshaniki, shrub thickets.

Lumbago is a low plant, the maximum height of the stem reaches 15 cm. Very often, decorative bells are used for decoration of landscape compositions on alpine hills and rockeries. The plant belongs to perennials, dies off for winter.

There are varieties with lilac, blue, purple, white and red flowers. The charming plant blooms for a very short time - amazing bells open their clean eyes in the middle of spring (April-May).

The healing power of the opened frame

Not all types of sleep-grass have healing properties. Typically, for the treatment of diseases, raw materials are used for the meadow and open chamber, which equally contain saponins, tannins, camphor compounds, resins, vitamin C.

Lumbago is used to treat urinary and respiratory systems, lumbar preparations help to suppress the pain of the heart, normalize the work of the liver, have a pronounced bactericidal effect, is used to treat fungal skin diseases. Mental disorders and nervous diseases, glaucoma, migraine and a number of other diseases are treated with sleep-herbs.

How to collect grass shot correctly

For the preparation of medicinal preparations using the plant material of the open chamber, it is necessary to use grass that has been harvested in compliance with the rules for collecting medicinal plants. By harvesting grass lumbar should begin only during the period when the plant is in the flowering period.

Attention! Fresh lumbar juice causes severe burns, so when preparing raw materials it is worth protecting the skin of your hands, for which you need to stock up on durable gloves.

The grass is torn down carefully, trying not to damage the perennial rhizome. A thin layer of leaves and lamb stems spread out on a clean cotton fabric. Dry harvested raw materials in the shade, constantly stirring the grass.

Keep dry grass lumbago in canvas or paper bags for no longer than 3 years.

How to prepare dosage forms of lumbar

Infusion: take 40 grams of dry raw sleep grass for a glass of boiling water, leave for 40 minutes, then strain the infusion. Applied for the treatment of nervous diseases, glaucoma (treatment lasts 2-3 months), hypertension (taking drugs for no longer than 2 weeks). Consumption of infusion should be divided between meals from 3 to 5 times a day for 1-3 tbsp. spoons for 1 reception.

You can cook the infusion lame in another way: for 2 tsp. dry grass, take 1 cup of cooled, pre-boiled water, insist for 12 hours. After straining, the composition can be taken 50 ml up to 4 times per day.

For external use prepare a special composition, which is used for lotions: 1 tbsp. spoonful of dry grass lumbago need to take a glass of boiled water at room temperature. Insist the composition about 12 hours, after which the infusion should be filtered. Use for external use.

For the treatment of articular pains, an infusion of lumbago is prepared on vodka: 10 g of raw material of the lumbago is filled with 150 g of good vodka. The composition is infused for 5 days in a dark place, then filtered. You can rub sore spots several times a day. Use for external use only.

Medical bath with lumbago: boil 4 tbsp. tablespoons of dried herbs in one liter of water, boil for 3 minutes. Allow to infuse, after which the composition is filtered and poured into a bath, which is taken for a maximum of 20 minutes, no more than three times in 7 days. Medical procedures are carried out up to 14 times in a row, after which you need to take a break.

The health of your planet is in your hands!

Lumbago called popularly as a dream-grass has several varieties and also a variety of names. The plant is called: Easter flower, nap, sleepy and many other names. Sleep-grass begins to bloom as soon as the snow thaws, with the arrival of the first warm days. These are small white buds that very quickly turn into fairly large purple flowers. Sleep-grass or lumbago is a perennial plant belonging to the ranunculus family.

In height can reach about forty centimeters. If we talk about the dream-grass that prevails in Russia - this is undoubtedly an open chamber.

Dream grass description

Lumbago - flowers of purple color, mainly grow in those places where a large amount of sun penetrates: on the edges of pine forests, on a hill or sandy soil.

Today, this flower is listed in the Red Book. Flowering time ranges from two to four weeks, from mid-April to May. The leaves of the plant are preserved until late autumn. Seed collection occurs in July. They form a ball with long white fibers.

Growing and harvesting sleep-grass

The plant is in the Red Book and it is forbidden to tear it in wild places.

In connection with his disappearance, people increasingly began to plant lumbago at their sites. The plant breeds with either fluffy seeds or a root, it takes root quite well, especially in dry sandy soil. It is important to remember that this is a poisonous plant. It is necessary to avoid direct contact of juice with lumbago on open skin, it causes severe irritation.

It is surprising that during the drying all the poisonous properties completely disappear. And remember if you decide to prepare a chamber yourself, do not dry it in the room in which you live, the chamber dries for a long time and all this time it will emit toxic esters especially from flowers.

Application of sleep-grass inside

Of course, the first thing to note is the powerful soothing effect of this plant.

Due to the properties that affect the improvement of sleep, the flower was given the name - sleep-grass. If you just inhale the smell of its flowers for a few minutes you can hardly refuse to sleep. It is also known that sleep-herb has anti-inflammatory properties. Used in the treatment of fungal diseases, and even the plant has analgesic properties.

Due to the different tinctures and decoctions of the chamber, it is possible to treat more serious diseases.

Used in the treatment of pulmonary diseases, in particular tuberculosis. In these cases, the tincture is applied in small quantities daily.

Use the backache for the treatment of many gynecological problems, as well as in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

A woman is given a decoction of the lumbago during labor pains, to reduce pain, and also to speed up labor, but do not get carried away with it! There are more active plants to reduce the generic pain scientifically proven and safer.

Many people with asthma also seek the help of the healing properties of this amazing plant. Effectively apply tincture of lumbago in the treatment of bronchitis, neurological diseases and gout.

Able, this wonderful herb to cope with frequent headaches.

Outdoor use of sleep herbs

Topically applied sleep-herb as a painkiller in cases of rheumatism. The leaves of the plant are applied to burns. Baths based on the decoction chamber are used to treat dermatological diseases, in combination with herbs such as celandine can solve most skin problems caused by inflammation or parasites.

Contraindications to the use of sleep-herbs

You can not use the chamber as a medicine, if a person suffers from such diseases as: various types of gastritis, neuritis, diseases associated with the liver.

The effect of lumbago on pregnancy has not been studied, so it is worth refraining from taking sleep-herbs during pregnancy and lactation, this plant can cause a miscarriage.

The magical properties of the plant

Many believe not only in the healing properties of sleep-herbs, but also its magical power. It protects against the evil eye and all sorts of witchcraft effects on humans.

There are many legends about this plant. So in ancient times it was said that asleep in sleep-grass automatically acquires the gift of prediction and foresight.

There are a lot of regulations for collecting sleep-grass. An indispensable condition that must be met, going for the collection of sleep-grass - the purity of thoughts. It is believed that the grass collected with dew has special properties, and after lain until midday in icy water.

If you put such a collection under your pillow, you will always have a prophetic dream. Harvesting grass is best done alone and in silence; if you make a wish in the process, it will certainly come true. A dried dream-grass promises wealth and a happy life to the owner.

The healing properties of sleep herbs have been noted since ancient times.

Disappointed with the effectiveness of traditional medicine, or not wanting to pollute your body with chemicals, many resort to the healing properties of this modest purple flower.

Buy back in the store

The Ivanovo Herbs Company in 2016 launched an experiment on growing sleep-grass (lumbago), and also took up the issue of the spread of this plant in the territory of Ivanovo and neighboring areas.

This year we managed to collect a few kilograms of flowers, lumbar grass and seeds. You can buy them in our store.

Updated: January 29, 2017. Author: Herbs Available.

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Plant sleep grass

The Russian name "chamber" is associated with a legend. The evil spirit somehow began to hide behind the chamber-grass. One of the archangels, once and for all to get rid of evil spirits, threw a thunderbolt and shot the grass from top to bottom. Since then, an unclean man goes around the chamber and does not come closer than 12 versts to it, and in the old herbalist on this occasion it is written: “Who carries the grass with him, the devil runs from the man, in the house - to keep good, and to build the mansion put, you will live harmoniously. "

Another name - sleep-grass - was interpreted as a plant that carries sleep. For many nations it is associated with the idea of ​​a dream. Perhaps the very appearance of the plant, thickly covered with soft hairs, fluffy to the touch, suggested an idea of ​​soft drowsiness, rest and rest. In the Scandinavian epic "Edda" it is said that as soon as a dream-grass was put under the head of Brunnhilde, she immediately fell asleep. In the "Pechersk Paterik" (Russian literary monument), it is told how during the vigil he walks around the temple and throws sleep-grass at the lazy monks.

In whom he falls, he immediately falls asleep.

The Latin name for the dream-grass Pulsatilla goes back to the notion of “pushing”: a plant in the wind sways, as if getting pushes.

In total, there are 26 species of lumbago in the domestic flora of botany. These are mainly low herbs with large single flowers. They all bloom in early spring, usually before the leaves appear.

Plant description sleep-grass

Sleep-grass or backache - a perennial herb with a vertical dark brown rhizome.

Stem up to 20 cm tall, unbranched, densely pubescent with soft hairs. Radical leaves pinnatisect, also shaggy from a large number of white hairs. At the same time with the leaves, the peduncle appears with a large, drooping single flower of lilac color, similar to a small tulip.

Perianth simple, with six lobes, pubescent outside. At the base of the peduncle there is also a pubescent bract.

Blossoms in April - May. It grows in pine forests, on open sandy hills, on dry slopes in the west of the European part of the country from Leningrad to Mykolaiv region.
In the grass lumbago contains anemonin, saponins.

Leaf extract has a strong bactericidal and fungicidal action. Used in veterinary medicine. Poisonous.

In many areas, actively destroyed collectors primroses. Protected, listed in the Red Book.

Contains protoanemonin, glycoside hepatrilobin, saponins, vitamin C, camphor, tannins, resins, etc.
It has a diuretic, expectorant, bactericidal, sedative and analgesic effect. Stimulates liver function.

Lumbago, like no other herb of the buttercup family, is rich in proto-anemonin, a caustic substance that has an unusually strong bactericidal and fungicidal effect.

В корнях обнаружены сапонины. Сок этого растения раздражает кожу, вызывая неприятные ощущения.

Прострел раскрытый (Р. patens). Растение от 10 до 50 см высотой.

Молодые листья округло-сердцевидные, сильно опушенные, появляются после распускания цветков. Цветки прострела раскрытого при распускании широко колокольчатые, позже раскрытые, звездчатые, прямостоячие. Цветет прострел раскрытый в апреле-мае на протяжении 20-25 дней.

Прострел Турчанинова (Р. turczaninovii). Растения от 5 до 35 см высотой. Листья прострела Турчанинова рассечены на длинные и узкие, линейные и острые сегменты, развиваются одновременно с цветками.

Цветки растений почти прямостоячие, полураскрытые, сине-фиолетовые. Turchaninov's chamber blossoms in April-May.

Spring chamber (R. vernalis). Plant up to 30 cm tall with a straight or slightly curved stem and leathery leaves that appear after flowering. The flowers of spring are shot inside the snow-white, outside with a slight purple hue, bloom in the second half of May and bloom for 20-25 days.

Prostrel multi-cut (R.

multifida). Plants up to 10-30 cm in height. Radical leaves are located on long petioles covered with soft hairs that appear at the end of flowering or after it. Flowers lumbago multi-violet blue-purple, initially widely bell-shaped, later widely disclosed.

Lumbar chamber (R. pratensis). Plant up to 30 cm tall.

Leaves lumbago meadow strongly cut into narrow lobes, appear during flowering or after it. The flowers of the plants are purple and violet. Flowering meadow back in April for 25-30 days.

Lumbago (R. vulgaris). Small plants up to 15-20 cm tall. Flowers lumbago ordinary blue, appear before the leaves, in April. Common chamber has several very spectacular forms and varieties.

Crimean chamber, or Haller's chamber (R. halleri). Plants up to 30 cm tall with a bushy stem.

Flowers lumbago Crimean all shades of purple, densely pubescent outside. Plants bloom in May for 25-30 days.

Lumbago (yellowing P. flavescens). Plants up to 45-50 cm tall with a large basal rosette of leaves. All parts of the yellowing lid are densely covered with silver-gray hairs.

The flowers of the plant are yellow.

Back chamber golden (R. aurea). The plant is up to 35-50 cm tall. The leaves are lumbago of golden pinnatisect, juicy-green, with long petioles, covered with thick hairs, which make them look fluffy. Flowers of plants wide open, golden yellow, bloom in June.

Lumbar bell-shaped (R.

campanella). Plant height is up to 30-35 cm. The leaves of the lumbago of the bell-shaped are strongly dissected, the flowers are narrow-bell-shaped, blue-violet or purple, bloom in April-May.

Lars mountain (R. montana).

Plant up to 20-30 cm tall with dark purple, almost black flowers. The mountain chamber blossoms at the beginning of May for 25-30 days.

Lumbago alpine (R. alpina). Plant up to 20 cm tall with white or yellow flowers.

The petals of the flowers of the alpine chamber are slightly wavy, bent. The type blossoms very long.

Plant sleep-grass. A photo

Plant sleep-grass. Photo: USFWS Mountain-Prairie

Photo: Denali National Park and Preserve

Lumbago. Photo: Malcolm Manners

It has been established that sleep-grass can have an antimicrobial and antimycotic effect. It has a sedative effect, lowers blood pressure, slows down the frequency of the pulse and respiration.

In official medicine, this plant is not used.

In folk medicine, decoctions and infusions of sleep-herbs are given for headache, neurosis, hysterical seizures, insomnia. Outwardly, the herb extract is used for pain in the joints, pyoderma, fungal skin lesions, and for scabies. It is believed that the decoction of herbs in small doses helps with diseases of the lungs and weakness of the anterior abdominal wall. When articular rheumatism inside use tincture of sleep-herbs, it is also rubbed into the affected joints.

In Chinese traditional medicine, infusion and dry extract of the lumbago of the open treat amoebic and bacterial dysentery.

Homeopaths use sleep-herb as an effective venotonic.

Fresh plant poisonous due to the content of anemonin, which causes inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes. In contact with the skin, a reaction occurs according to the type of chemical burn of I-II degree.

When ingestion symptoms develop lesions of the gastric mucosa, intestines, renal epithelium. The plant is not used during pregnancy, pyelone- and glomerulonephritis, gastritis and hepatitis.

Poisonous herb. Protected by law and in the Red Book. In folk medicine, it is valued for hypnotic, analgesic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, enveloping, relaxing, sedative properties. From the dry raw materials prepare decoctions, infusions, alcohol tinctures.

Fresh herb is most often used in homeopathy.

Sleep-grass received this name in the people because of the pronounced hypnotic properties. Since ancient times, not only Slavic peoples knew its benefits, but also the Mongols, the Chinese, the indigenous people of Siberia and North America.

It is known not only sedative, but also antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, expectorant action of the herb. It is important to remember that sleep-grass is a poisonous plant. Uncontrolled use and self-medication can lead to overdose and poisoning. Even inhalation of vapors of fresh grass can be hazardous to health. Sleep-grass is found in the myths and legends of different nations. In ancient times, it was used to make a magical potion.

In which regions can be found lumbago?

Is grass collection allowed? What are the main indications and contraindications?

Literature

  • Yuzepchuk S.V. Genus 528. Chamber - Pulsatilla // Flora of the USSR.

In 30 volumes - herba.msu.ru/shipunov/school/books/flora_sssr1937_7.djvu / Editor-in-Chief Acad. V. L. Komarov, Volume Editor B. K. Shishkin. - M. —L .: Publishing House of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, 1937. - T. VII. - pp. 295-296. - 792 + XXVI p. - 5200 copies Gubanov I.A., Kiseleva K.V., Novikov V.S., Tikhomirov V.N. 598.

Pulsatilla patens (L.) Mill. - Open chamber, or Sleep-grass // Illustrated determinant of plants in Central Russia. In 3 volumes - herba.msu.ru/shipunov/school/books/gubanov2003_illustr_opred_rast_sred_rossii_2.djvu.

- M .: T-in scientific publications KMK, Institute of Technological Research, 2003. - T. 2. Angiosperms (dicotyledons: raznolepestnye). - p. 213. - ISBN 9-87317-128-9

Latin name: Pulsatilla.

Categories:Perennial herbaceous plants, plants for rock garden.

Family: Ranunculus (Ranunculáceae).

Motherland

In nature, lumbago (sleep-grass) is common in areas with a temperate, cold, partly subtropical climate throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

The genus includes about 40 species.

The form: perennial herb.

Description

Lumbago (sleep-grass) is a perennial herb with a straight, hairy, erect stem from 5 to 40 cm tall. Bottom leaves are lamellar petiolate, trifoliate, with wedge-shaped, two- or triple-cut leaves and notched, linear-elongated lobules, hairy, filigree, collected into a rosette.

Sleep-grass flowers are bell-shaped, solitary, very large, wide-open or drooping, with numerous stamens, densely pubescent, purple, light violet, yellow, rarely white or red, bloom before the appearance of leaves or at the same time early summer. Fruits lumbago - nuts covered with long hairs - are also decorative. Sleep-grass - a plant listed in the Red Book.

In ancient times it was believed that the dream-grass is a magical, magical flower.

Also, plants have medicinal properties.

Chamber opened (R. patens). Plant from 10 to 50 cm tall. Young leaves are rounded-heart-shaped, strongly pubescent, appear after blooming flowers. The flowers of the chamber opened when blooming are widely bell-shaped, later opened, stellate, erect.

Flowers chamber opened in April-May for 20-25 days.

Lumbago Turchaninova (R. turczaninovii). Plants from 5 to 35 cm tall. The leaves of Turchaninov lumbago are dissected into long and narrow, linear and sharp segments, developing simultaneously with the flowers. The flowers of the plants are almost upright, half-opened, blue-violet.

Turchaninov's chamber blossoms in April-May.

Spring chamber (R. vernalis). Plant up to 30 cm tall with a straight or slightly curved stem and leathery leaves that appear after flowering. The flowers of spring are shot inside the snow-white, outside with a slight purple hue, bloom in the second half of May and bloom for 20-25 days.

Multi-threaded (R.

multifida). Plants up to 10-30 cm in height. Radical leaves are located on long petioles covered with soft hairs that appear at the end of flowering or after it. Flowers lumbago multi-violet blue-purple, initially widely bell-shaped, later widely disclosed.

Meadow (R. pratensis). Plant up to 30 cm tall. Leaves lumbago meadow strongly cut into narrow lobes, appear during flowering or after it. The flowers of the plants are purple and violet. Flowering meadow back in April for 25-30 days.

Lumbago (R. vulgaris). Small plants up to 15-20 cm tall.

Flowers lumbago ordinary blue, appear before the leaves, in April. Common chamber has several very spectacular forms and varieties.

Chamber of crimean, or Haller's chamber (R. halleri). Plants up to 30 cm tall with a bushy stem. Flowers lumbago Crimean all shades of purple, densely pubescent outside. Plants bloom in May for 25-30 days.

Chamber of yellowing (R.

flavescens). Plants up to 45-50 cm tall with a large basal rosette of leaves. All parts of the yellowing lid are densely covered with silver-gray hairs. The flowers of the plant are yellow.

Back chamber golden (R. aurea). The plant is up to 35-50 cm tall. The leaves are lumbago of golden pinnatisect, juicy-green, with long petioles, covered with thick hairs, which make them look fluffy.

Flowers of plants wide open, golden yellow, bloom in June.

Back chamber bell (R.

campanella). Plant height is up to 30-35 cm. The leaves of the lumbago of the bell-shaped are strongly dissected, the flowers are narrow-bell-shaped, blue-violet or purple, bloom in April-May.

Mountain chamber (R. montana). Plant up to 20-30 cm tall with dark purple, almost black flowers. The mountain chamber blossoms at the beginning of May for 25-30 days.

Alpine chamber (R. alpina). Plant up to 20 cm tall with white or yellow flowers.

The petals of the flowers of the alpine chamber are slightly wavy, bent. The type blossoms very long.

Growing conditions

Lumbago (sleep grass) is better to plant in slightly shaded areas, although the plants normally develop in open areas.

Lumbago is a flower that prefers deeply processed, fertile, well-drained, alkaline substrates, sand and gravel loams. Plants categorically do not tolerate stagnant water, so you can not plant sleep-grass in the lowlands or in places where water accumulates, you can plant plants in areas with a slope to the south to avoid flooding.

Application

Sleep-grass is a very beautiful plant that always has a place in the garden. Lanyards are planted in groups on the lawn, in mixed flower gardens, various compositions, in rocky gardens - rock gardens and rockeries.

Care

In hot, dry time, the backache should be watered without flooding the flowers.

Lumbago is a plant that develops better on fertile substrates filled with organic and mineral fertilizers; therefore, it is necessary to feed. Sleep-grass responds positively to the presence of lime in the soil. Mature plants can not be transplanted, the backache is very bad tolerate transplant. If you still need to transplant chamber, then do it in the fall or spring, digging up plants with a large lump of earth.

Lumbago is a plant listed in the Red Book, therefore it is impossible to dig it out or pick its flowers.

In addition, sleep-grass is a flower that does not stay in cut for long. Also, dug wild plants may not settle down on the site, since adult specimens very poorly tolerate transplantation.

Breeding

Lumbago is a plant that is propagated only by seeds.

It is better to sow sleep grass with freshly harvested seeds in June-July or in spring in heated soil. Lumbago seeds close up to a depth of 1-1.5 cm, sown thickly. Seedlings need to be watered abundantly (but not to allow stagnant water), they are also recommended to be mulched. Mulch helps to preserve moisture in the soil, protects young shooting from cold or overheating.

Buy lumbago can be in the garden center. Seeds can also be ordered online.

Diseases and pests

Usually the chamber (sleep-grass) is not susceptible to diseases and is not affected by pests.

Popular varieties

Varieties lumbago

‘Rote Glocke’. Very beautiful red chamber with velvety, wide open flowers, blooming in April.

‘Bells Red’. Another red chamber. Flowers bloom before the appearance of the leaves, often right from under the snow.

The color of the petals - from wine red to purple.

‘Mrs van der Elst’ is a variety with pale pink flowers.