Woodlouse (Stellaria average)

Description. An annual or biennial herbaceous plant of the family Caryophyllaceae. Plant height from 5 to 30 cm Stems prostrate, knotty, brittle. The leaves are small, opposite, ovate, about 2 cm long, at the base of cilia. The flowers are tiny and white in the false dichotomies inflorescences. Fruit — box.

It grows as a weed plant near home, in the gardens, river banks, in damp meadows and along roads.

In folk medicine used fresh plant juice and woodlice. Gather materials from May to August.

The chemical composition has not been studied. Know the content of vitamins C, K, carotene, flavonoids, saponins, potassium.

Woodlice use in folk medicine as a sedative, improves cardiac function. It reduces and relieves pain, softens and dissolves tumors, stops bleeding, heals sores. Plant is antiscorbutic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, laxative effect.

Apply infusion and grass juice with liver, lung, breast pain, hemoptysis, hemorrhoids, with goiter. There is information on the benefits of this plant for diseases of the eye. In Central Asia the infusion of herbs used for inflammation of the eyes, the initial stages of cloud cornea.

Outwardly strong infusion is used as the local baths tumors feet, to "strengthen the nerves." In the form of baths, wash, lotions and wet compresses

— for skin diseases, cuts and purulent, poorly healing wounds and ulcers.

Stellaria average — a valuable edible plants. Used fresh as a salad plant, widely used as a therapeutic vitamin seasoning for food.

Chickweed salad with onions. 90 g fresh herb Chickweed, 70 g green onions, 20 g sour cream, 0.5 eggs boiled, spices to taste.

Chickweed and minced onion, salt, sour cream, garnish with slices of boiled egg and sprinkle with dill.

Chickweed sandwiches. 100 g of fresh greens Chickweed, 100 g butter, 40 g of grated horseradish, pepper and salt to taste.

Chickweed chop, add horseradish, salt, pepper and mix with butter. Use for sandwiches.

Summer Borscht with Chickweed. 80 g Chickweed, 100 g beet tops, 30 g green onions, 20 g carrot, 20 g parsley, 100 g fresh tomatoes, 20 g fat, 5 g sugar, 20 g sour cream, vinegar, salt to taste.

Vegetables cut into slices and sauté. In boiling salted water or broth to put the beet tops, Chickweed, and potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Add browned vegetables, salt, tomatoes and cook until ready, then add the sugar and vinegar. Before serving — sour cream.

Seasoning of Chickweed. 180 g fresh Chickweed, 2 tablespoons of grated horseradish, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, salt and vinegar to taste.

Chickweed chop in a meat grinder or food processor, add horseradish, garlic, vegetable oil, salt and vinegar, stir. Use as a seasoning for meat, fish and vegetable dishes.

Drink of Chickweed. 180 g fresh Chickweed, 50 g sugar, 80 g of horseradish, 2 liters of water.

Chickweed and minced horseradish a meat grinder, pour boiling water and leave for 3-4 hours. Strain through a sieve, add sugar. Serve chilled.

Tea from woodlice. Gather grass lice, dried, brewed as a tea.

When you walk down the path. Wherever you look, the fields turn white wonder — balls on slender stems. For pure flying feather grass for garden, a forest, and paratroopers descend to us from heaven.

R. Christmas

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