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Crowberry — shrubs of the family Ericaceae. The plant itself is a low Bush not more than 1 meter in height, with narrow and short (up to 10 mm in length) leaves that resemble needles. They change every 3-5 years, and the plant itself can live up to 100 years.
Bush has two more titles, this is crowberry and Shiksha. Most often grows in the tundra, swamps, pine forest and other light areas, as well as on acidic soils.
The flowers of the plant can be from pinkish to dark red color. It has a fruits — berries, round and shiny. They are black outside and red inside. On the berries also have a bluish-grey, and the appearance of berries like blueberries. Even Mature the berries fall from the bushes, and you can stay there all winter. In this fruiting shrub in August.
The berries of the plant, though juicy (to speak more correctly, the watery from this property berry plant and got its name), but fresh-tasting because they are very low acid content and sugar.
In folk medicine, people use not only the berries but also the leaves and twigs of the plant.
It is believed that its name crowberry was due to the fact that its berries possess diuretic properties, such as water-melon.
In vodyaniki there are a lot of nutrients such as trace elements, essential oils, vitamin C, flavonoids, tannins, carotene, etc. Due to this, the plant is used in folk medicine. It is used for headaches, unstable metabolism or General fatigue of the body. The high content of ascorbic acid enhances immunity, prevents colds disease or an infectious disease.
Crowberry branches have wound healing properties. Most berries and grass to help get rid of various diseases of kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, nervous system and liver, for example, from paralysis or epilepsy. They also possess diuretic action.
Crowberry leaves have found use in cosmetics.
Sprigs of the plant make the infusion, which helps to heal lesions of the skin, such as scratches, cuts, abrasions.
Some of them can be brewed and tea, which is recommended if you have kidney disease. This tea has a tonic.
From the roots crowberry made a decoction, which is used in eye diseases.
The grass and berries are very effective for edema, as they have the same diuretic effect.
The fruit juice helps to relieve headaches, to get rid of the scurvy, to normalize the nervous system, improve metabolism.
Do the berries have an excellent diuretic.
The infusion of the herb helps with various gastrointestinal diseases, such as diarrhoea.
If you make a vodka based tincture of the leaves and stems of the plant, this drink may help in paralysis and epilepsy, as well as the violation of metabolism.
Leaf decoction helps to strengthen the hair roots.
Fruit plants can be used as gaidouronisi product that also helps to relieve pain in the head and improve metabolism.
Grass crowberry bath that also helps with paralysis or diseases of the nervous system, poor metabolism.
The berries are used to produce the red dye for wool.
They can also be eaten, but not separately, but together with milk or yogurt. Also the berries is cooked jam, jam or marmalade. It is possible to use the fruits of crowberry as a condiment.
Crowberry, fortunately, does not have any contraindications, but its possible idiosyncrasy. If not, it can be used and consumed without any fear.