The genus gypsophila are more than a hundred species of plants that grow in the plains, in the mountains, on rocky plains and in other places are not too comfortable. In the steppe verdure called tumbleweed field, and flower shops are used as a beautiful ornamental plant. Some types gypsophila have medicinal properties. Such species include gypsophila paniculata.
Botanical features baby's breath paniculate
Gypsophila paniculata (gypsophila, Kermek) - is a perennial plant of the genus clove to a meter in height with knotted strongly branched stems. Particularly strong branching stems top, resulting in a beautiful round air bush. Leaves and stems are green-gray, as if sprinkled with plaster. The leaves are small, elongated, radical. The flowers are very small tender, light, white and pink, are collected in inflorescence. Fruit - a box with curved teeth into, which is located inside many small seeds. The seeds fall out of the capsule only at very strong shaking or wind gusts.
They distribute these seeds of a kind way. In autumn, when the seeds ripen, the wind comes off the stem from the root (and sometimes the root comes out of the ground together with the stem) and forms a kind of balloon, which is popularly referred to as a rolling stone field. Such balls in the set is the wind of the steppes. Thus the seeds of the plant are spread over long distances, slowly leaving the boxes. For this property, and the plant became known as tumbleweed.
Gypsophila paniculata grows in Europe, in southern Russia (including in southern Siberia), the Caucasus, Central Asia, in the north, in the mountains of Mongolia and China. Gypsophila paniculata loves open places with sandy or rocky soil. It grows in the steppes and mountains. Currently it is grown in gardens as an ornamental plant.
The plant is used as an ornamental decoration for gardens and bouquets. It may be a long time to maintain its form if it cut off when the branches acquired strength. For this purpose, it is necessary to collect during flowering and dry in a well ventilated dark room.
Once verdure longer used as a medicinal plant. For this purpose, its roots are dug out and dried. Especially popular was the baby's breath as a medicinal plant in the Mediterranean countries, where it was known as the Levantine soap root.
What good is contained in the baby's breath paniculate
Gypsophila paniculata contains large amounts of saponins, which are actively involved in many biochemical processes in the human body. Under agitation they form a water-resistant foam. This feature has long been used for washing, washing, and expensive especially thin fabrics (they do not contain alkali spoiling the fabric) and also for the preparation of carbonated beverages, including beer. For these purposes, gypsophila paniculata even specially cultivated on cultural plantations.
It saponins determine the effect of drug plants in which they are contained. The saponins contained in the root of baby's breath paniculate have phlegm and expectorant properties. Medicines made by baby's breath paniculate, blowing phlegm and contribute to its discharge of.
Verdure paniculata used for the treatment of skin diseases, mainly for acne
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(both inside and outside), for the treatment of rheumatic joint pain
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, Illnesses of blood and edema. It is believed that this plant except expectorant has also laxative analgesic. It is also used to kill insects (flies, mosquitoes).
Nowadays gypsophila paniculata as a medicinal plant is rarely used. But scientists remembered that once with his help treat blood diseases. And today in England about the study of the plant in order to create an effective cure for leukemia or blood cancer. Based on studies it is known that an extract from the baby's breath paniculate greatly increases the effectiveness of applied treatment for cancer
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means. The saponins contained in verdure, capable of destroying the membrane of atypical cells of malignant tumors, which opens up access to these cells a modern anticancer drugs. It is quite possible that these drugs not only help to cure leukemia and other malignant tumors.
How to prepare the infusion of baby's breath paniculate
To prepare half a teaspoon of dried baby's breath paniculate crushed roots pour a glass of boiled water, in a water bath
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for half an hour, strain, top up with boiled water to the original level and take on a tablespoon 3 times a day as a laxative and expectorant.
Gypsophila paniculata has not yet revealed all its secrets.