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White acacia or robinia pseudoacacia is a large tree with unusually fragrant flowers collected in a brush.
This plant has medicinal properties, due to which it is especially popular in folk medicine. Decoctions and infusions from parts of white acacia have antipyretic and antispasmodic effects, are used for a number of diseases.
You can prepare the collection of acacia yourself or buy it ready-made at the pharmacy. But can a plant be harmful?
Which parts of the plant are beneficial to health?
For medicinal purposes, it is allowed to use flowers, leaves and plant pods. Experiments have confirmed that white acacia in medicines has a diuretic and antispasmodic effect. It is used in the form of tinctures, decoctions, essential oils.
The bark of the tree contains pectins, oils, robinin. In high concentration, these substances cause poisoning. Use very carefully in recipes. remember, that poisonous elements of acacia lose their properties during heat treatment.
The tree has a rich aroma, thanks to the essential oils in the composition. The bark and flowers of white acacia contain the glycoside robinin. The element helps to remove toxins from the body, but at the same time it also has a toxic effect (it is important to observe the dosage). Blooming flowers contain up to 1.5% of this substance, in dried petals - 3.6%.
The flowers of white acacia also contain:
- essential and fatty oils.
Robinia's bark and wood are filled with minerals... Young shoots and leaves contain vitamins A and C. All parts of the tree contain mucus, which has a beneficial effect on the digestive system. And rutin in the white acacia makes the blood vessels in the human body stronger and more elastic.
How is robinia used in homeopathy?
In the field of traditional medicine, white acacia is almost never used due to insufficient study of the chemical composition. And homeopaths, on the contrary, actively use the medicinal properties of the plant to combat many ailments.
Homeopathy is a special therapy that has been around for over 200 years. This is a form of alternative medicine in which the treatment is carried out with herbs or natural products in a minimum dosage.
How are they useful and how to use them in treatment?
Due to its medicinal properties medicinal drugs are usually prepared from flowers, leaves or pods of white acacia... The bark is almost never used in the composition due to toxic substances. Also, seeds and roots are not used.
The first and most useful part is the flowers. It is their healing properties that are most often used in medicine. The decoction and infusion are used for a number of pathologies and problems:
- bladder disease;
- colds, SARS;
- pain in the intestines and stomach;
- expectorant effect;
- to relieve fever and inflammation;
- stopping bleeding;
- slight diuretic effect.
You need to collect flowers in a half-open state, dry in the fresh air.
- To make a tincture of acacia flowers at home, you need to pour 10 g of raw materials with 200 ml of boiling water, insist and strain.
- Another cooking option is to pour 10 g of raw materials with vodka or alcohol (100 ml), insist 2 weeks in the sun.
Use only externally for rubbing and compresses (for osteochondrosis, joint pain).
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This part is also actively used in tinctures. Acacia leaves are especially effective for gastritis and ulcers, for diseases of the stomach and duodenum.
With the help of alcohol tincture, the nervous system is restored, the mood rises, headaches, insomnia, and anxiety stop.
It is widely used to treat female diseases. It has an excellent effect on the body, which is affected by multiple sclerosis. Leaves are harvested from the moment the white acacia begins to bloom until late autumn (while the foliage is still green and does not fall off).
The pods are used in medicine for the treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal diseases, to reduce the acidity of gastric juice, reduce pain in ulcers or gastritis. How to make a medicinal tincture from the pods?
- Grind the pods to the desired size, let stand in the air until hardened.
- Insist raw materials in 40% alcohol in a ratio of 1:10.
- Withstand at least 15 days, shake regularly.
- Drink 1 tsp. 3 times a day before meals.
Acacia honey is a rare, delicious and unusual product.... Contains a huge amount of vitamins: groups B, C, A, PP, as well as calcium, iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium. The most important property of honey is strengthening.
This delicious dessert provides reliable immune protection, resists infections, and helps to recover from illness. Acacia honey is an excellent antidepressant, it improves mood and makes it easy to resist stress.
White acacia is a wonderful honey plant... During the flowering period (May - June), beekeepers receive up to 8 kg of honey from one plant.
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All decoctions and recipes with white acacia in the composition must be taken, strictly observing the dosage. The plant has poisonous parts (seeds, roots) that can provoke poisoning. The most dangerous part is the bark of the tree, which contains toxalbuminrobin. This element causes irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes. That is why it is not recommended to use white acacia for people who have low stomach acidity.
It is absolutely contraindicated to use recipes with white acacia for pregnant women, as well as for breastfeeding. Before using products based on white acacia, a doctor's consultation is recommended.
The consequences of misuse of the plant and the fight against them
If you use white acacia incorrectly, do not follow the dosage, you can get poisoning.... An overdose of a drug can be determined by the first signs:
- malaise and weakness;
- drowsiness and dizziness;
- pain and burning in the stomach.
In extreme cases, hallucinations appear, cardiovascular failure develops. As a result, even death is possible due to a sharp decrease in pressure.
In case of an overdose, you need to rinse the stomach with a rhinestone, drink an adsorbent drug... The following shows symptomatic treatment only under the supervision of a physician.
So, white acacia is not a pharmacopoeial plant, it is not used by official medicine. But parts of this tree have found widespread use in the fields of traditional medicine, homeopathy and aromatherapy. White acacia is also used in perfumery to flavor soaps, shampoos, and scented acacia oil is used to make eau de toilette.
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