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narrow-leaved willow-herb (Ivan-tea) - epilobium angustifolium

Кипрей узколистный (иван-чай) Кипрей узколистный (иван-чай)

Botanical characteristics. Family of females. Perennial herb, reaching a height of 1.5 m.
Stalk straight, naked. The leaves are alternate, lanceolate, short-pan-like. Pinkish-red flowers are collected at the end of the stem in a large brush. The flowers in the inflorescence bloom from the bottom up. It blooms in June and July.

Spread. A widespread plant in most of the European territory, Siberia, the Far East. Appears in large quantities on the clearings, after fires, grows on forest edges, along the banks of rivers and lakes, sometimes as a weed in gardens and vegetable gardens.

Used plant parts. The upper part of the plant is in flowering stage and leaves.
The plant contains a large amount of tannin (up to 10%) of the pyro-gall group, a lot of mucus, alkaloids, ascorbic acid, sugars and pectin. The pronounced anti-inflammatory and enveloping effect of fireweed is associated with a high content of tannin and mucus.

Application. Cyprus has a sedative effect on the nervous system, its tranquilizing properties are slightly inferior to valerian.
The plant shows a strong enveloping and anti-inflammatory effect; used for enterocolitis, accompanied by diarrhea, as well as for gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer and chronic gastritis.
Cyprus is considered in folk medicine as an antitumor agent.

Cooking 2 tablespoons of herbs insist with 2 cups boiling water (daily dose).