Feather grass – useful properties and use in traditional medicine
Feather grass is one of the most common steppe plants, attracting attention with thin, silky “hairs” gently developing in the wind. It differs not only in its spectacular appearance, but also in a wide range of useful properties, thanks to which feather grass is used in herbal medicine. Decoctions and infusions from this plant have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effects, improve blood circulation and improve sleep. When using herbal remedies, you must take into account the existing contraindications..
What does feather grass look like and where does it grow
Feather grass is a herbaceous perennial plant from the Cereals family. In natural nature, there are more than 400 varieties of perennials, but only 80 species are found on the territory of Russia..
The main features of feather grass are:
- Perennial cereal stalks reach 60-85 cm in height.
- The root system is shortened, compact, not creeping.
- The leaf plates are narrow, flexible, rigid and twisted in a tube.
- Inflorescences are tall and lush, paniculate type, collected from several spikelets.
- Spikelet seeds are sharp, up to 1 cm in size, soft when immature. They have long feathery “hairs” up to 30-40 cm.
Feather grass is most often found in central Russia, from the Urals to Transbaikalia, in the Caucasus and southern Siberia. When harvesting medicinal raw materials, it is necessary to take into account in which natural zone the feather grass grows. Most often, the plant can be seen in the steppe, in dry meadows, rocky areas, on the hills and at the foot of the rocks..
Features of the composition of feather grass
The use of feather grass in folk medicine is due to its natural composition. This steppe plant contains a complex of biologically active components – fats, vegetable proteins, fiber.
Feather grass leaves contain an increased concentration of cyanogens, in particular, trigloquinine. These substances have a calming, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect. The exact chemical composition of perennials is poorly understood. This is due to the fact that feather grass is not used in traditional pharmacology..
Useful properties of feather grass
In herbal medicine, all parts of the grass feather grass are used – roots, stems with foliage, awns and seeds. The aboveground part of the cereal plant is harvested during its flowering period, from May to June. Roots are dug out in the fall, in September-October.
Useful properties of feather grass:
- relieves spasms of various origins;
- fights inflammatory processes;
- normalizes the thyroid gland;
- improves blood circulation;
- accelerates the recovery of the body after a stroke;
- improves sleep;
- normalizes the work of the prostate gland with adenoma.
Feather grass is used in alternative medicine in the complex treatment of multiple sclerosis, paralysis, to reduce radiculitis and rheumatic pain.
Decoctions and infusions of feather grass are useful for the nervous system. They soothe in case of increased excitability, reduce the negative influence of stress factors, and help with depressive conditions..
Feather grass in folk medicine
Steppe grass feather grass is used in alternative medicine for decoctions, teas, infusions. They are usually taken orally, used for compresses, lotions and added to baths. Vegetable raw materials can be combined with other components.
The recipe for decoction of feather grass with milk is especially popular. This remedy helps to restore the body after a stroke, speed up recovery from paralysis, and improve the functioning of the thyroid gland..
- bring 250 ml of milk to a boil;
- add 1 tablespoon of finely chopped feather grass to boiling milk;
- simmer for 15 minutes (for the treatment of the thyroid gland – 5 minutes);
- leave to infuse for 1 hour (to treat the thyroid gland 30 minutes).
For paralysis and stroke rehabilitation, take equal portions three times daily, before meals.
For thyroid treatment, take a small spoonful throughout the day. Additionally, the broth can be used for lotions and compresses, applying them to the neck.
Feather grass recipes
In alternative medicine, feather grass is used as an independent medicinal raw material, and is also part of multicomponent herbal preparations.
A mixture of awns with scorpion seeds – used in the complex treatment of paralysis. To prepare the remedy, mix the components in equal parts, then pour 250 ml of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of the composition. Cover and leave to infuse for 8-10 hours. Take in small sips throughout the day.
Alcoholic tincture – mix feather grass awns with muzzle seeds, pour a tablespoon of the resulting mass with 200 ml of alcohol. Cork tightly and leave to infuse in a cool and dark place for 21 days. Use the prepared product for compresses and rubbing for rheumatism, radiculitis, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory diseases of the joints.
A mixture of feather grass and horsetail – used for therapeutic baths for prostate adenoma. Mix the components in equal parts, then pour 70 g of the mixture with 1-1.5 liters of boiling water. Leave to infuse for an hour, then strain and use for sitz baths.
Contraindications to the use of feather grass
Feather grass has a minimum number of contraindications for use..
The main limitations are:
- tendency to frequent allergic reactions;
- children under 3 years old;
- individual intolerance.
Feather grass is a common cereal plant that can be seen in meadows, fields and at the foot of the rocks. It is famous for its spectacular appearance and many useful properties. Feather grass is used for the preparation of decoctions, infusions and baths, which help to improve health and speed up recovery from serious illnesses..