Marsh Labrador Tea, Ledum Palustre, Rhododendron Tomentosum, Wild Rosemary
At the beginning of summer, when it happens to approach a swamp overgrown with moss or swampy coniferous forest, even from a distance you can see snow-white dense corymbose inflorescences, distinguished by their bright whiteness even at night. When approached, one feels a pleasant, but intoxicating obsessive aroma – it blooms vividly.
Ledum is widespread in the tundra and forest zones of the European parts, Siberia, and the Far East. Usually grows in raised bogs, peat bogs, and swampy coniferous forests.
It is an evergreen shrub of the heather family. 30-120 cm. The leaves are leathery, on short petioles, not for the winter.
fall off. The leaf blade is oblong, with twisted downwards edges. The leaves are dark green above and covered with brownish brown below. felted hairs and yellow glandular dots.
Blooms in May – July. Snow-white, five-membered flowers are collected in umbrellas at the ends of the branches. The fruit is a drooping capsule with numerous small seeds – that ripens in August.
Medicinal raw materials are leafy shoots current year up to 10 cm long. Collect them during flowering. Dry in the shade, lay out a thin layer and systematically turn, or in a dryer at a temperature not exceeding 40 ° C. Store in a cool place for 2 years.
The plant is poisonous, so care must be taken when harvesting, drying and storing. It is preferable to harvest Marsh Labrador Tea grass in August and September when its shoots of the current year are fully developed. Moreover, you can harvest wild rosemary at any time of the day.
The most important component of the Marsh Labrador Tea herb is essential oil. It is found in all parts of the plant except the roots. The content of essential oil in raw Marsh Labrador Tea depends on the area of growth.
The largest amount of the base of the active substance – ledol – is found in the essential oil of rosemary, which grows in the European part and is collected in the flowering phase.
In-plant flavonoids, organic acids, vitamins, tannins, glycoside arbutin. Plant preparations have expectorant, anti-cough, and bactericidal properties.
Applied orally for acute and chronic bronchitis, tracheitis, whooping cough, pneumonia, bronchial asthma, inflammation of the
bladder, inflammation of the mucous membrane stomach, and externally used for rheumatism, gout, and weeping eczema..
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