The name "Silk" Wood explained very simply. It feeds on its leaves the silkworm, which produces world-famous threads. But not only hard-working butterflies attracted mulberry: useful properties of this plant is its application in humans.
Berries are different
In nature, there are about fifteen species of mulberry. But only two of them in particular is widely cultivated and found in almost every corner of the planet. This black mulberry (Morus nigra) and white (Morus alba). The first has a dark crust and gives fruit, colored in black or dark-cherry color. The bark of a second lighter and berries in her white, pink or red. In folk medicine uses all sorts of plants, albeit with some reservations.
Black mulberry, useful properties which were described by ancient Eastern healers, famous for its high iron content. Its fruits are recommended to use with anemia, prolonged bleeding, women - with heavy menstruation. Normalizing the level of hemoglobin in the blood, this herb improves the function of internal organs, helps eliminate sluggishness and drowsiness.
High in antioxidants
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and vitamin P can boast white mulberry - the beneficial properties of its fruits are indispensable in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Regular intake of bright berries reduces shortness of breath, chest pain, normalize heart rhythm. Use of white mulberry shown people with myocardial dystrophy and heart defects.
Absolutely all the fruits of the mulberry tree, regardless of their color, rich in essential oils
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, Pectin, vitamins (A, C, E, K, B group), macro- and microelements (calcium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, copper, selenium). With this composition mulberry can "work" as an effective vitamin and mineral complex. Fresh or dried fruits of its use in food in order to strengthen immunity
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and prevention of colds.
Essential mulberry compounds exhibit good bactericidal properties. Berry juice, diluted with water, is used to rinse with tonsillitis, laryngitis, stomatitis, gingivitis. They treated scratches, bedsores, mouth ulcers. Cleaning the wound from harmful microorganisms, natural product accelerates their healing.
Unripe berries are rich in tannic compounds which possess fixing action. Their use gives a good result in diarrhea. But closer to the fall in pulp mulberry accumulate laxative substances - anthocyanins, so the fruit taken in time, perfectly helps with constipation.
Drying or cooking?
Fresh berries Mulberry can not be stored for long periods. They begin to deteriorate after only a few days after harvest. Therefore, the fruit is dried or prepared from them jam, compotes, syrups, jams.
Drying - the most gentle way of processing, which allows you to save a maximum of medicinal raw materials of medicinal compounds. Dried mulberries, useful properties which in no way inferior to the fresh berries, used for the preparation of infusions. The hot solution was transferred flavonoids and mucous substances that have diaphoretic, diuretic and expectorant.
When bronchitis and pneumonia infusion mulberry liquefies phlegm and facilitates expectoration. In hypertensive - accelerates the removal of salts, helps reduce blood pressure. When fevers - activates the sweat glands and reduces the body temperature to normal levels.
The use of infusion of black mulberry, as well as its raw berries, gives a good effect in case of anemia. And the use of white shows cardiac patients.
As a tonic dried fruits of any kind of wood can be added to food in whole or mashed form.
Medicine serves delicious mulberry jam, the useful properties of this product are known to many housewives. When heat treatment berries lose the lion's share of ascorbic acid, but they are preserved all the minerals, fat-soluble vitamins, B vitamins, as well as special connections - pectin, which is a great "food" for the intestinal microflora.
Mulberry jam improves the functioning of the digestive tract, has a slight diuretic and diaphoretic effect. Received an empty stomach two to three tablespoons of it have a laxative effect. Due to the high potassium content, the use of this sweetness has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system.
Green first aid kit
But not only valuable fruits of mulberry tree. No less in demand in traditional medicine and mulberry leaves - useful properties of this part of the plant due to the high content of flavonoids, pectins and gums.
A decoction of the leaves is indicated as an expectorant for bronchitis, as a diuretic - for hypertension, to improve the functioning of the intestines - during dyspeptic phenomena.
There is evidence that diabetes mellitus drink helps normalize the functioning of the pancreas and reduce the level of blood sugar
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Anti-inflammatory properties make it possible to use a decoction of the leaves for cosmetic purposes. Applications to the means applied to the face with acne and irritation.
Take with caution
Excessive use of the beneficial properties of mulberry could result in harm. Mature fruit of the tree can trigger diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal pain. Therefore, their admission is important not to exceed the recommended dosage.
Due to the diuretic effect of the plant is contraindicated in acute renal failure and glomerulonephritis. Increased urine formation in such cases, it may enhance the inflammatory process.
People with diabetes should not get involved in mulberries, because they contain a lot of sucrose.