Want to be healthy right now? Eat the red mountain ash!
From time immemorial, people have respected and appreciated mountain ash, made legends about it and believed that it protected the house from witches and evil spirits. They tried to plant a graceful tree closer to the house, and branches of mountain ash hung on the front door. The Slavs were sure that the fire berries were able to protect against damage or the evil eye and always used mountain ash as a talisman to protect the bride and groom at weddings.
In Russia, it was believed that mountain ash represents the feminine and maintains harmony and happiness in the family. In this regard, various magical properties were attributed to the tree - the ability to fulfill innermost desires and the ability to take a person's life. Therefore, people, afraid of punishment, did not dare to chop a mysterious tree.
The legend of mountain ash
Once upon a time there lived a rich merchant in the world, and he had a lovely daughter whom he was going to successfully marry and thereby increase his fortune. But the girl disappointed her father, falling in love with a simple poor man. The merchant was angry with the unreasonable daughter and decided to resort to the help of the sorcerer to separate the young.
However, the girl learned about the intrigues of her father and decided to run away from home, agreeing to meet her lover on the river bank. But she did not have time to the meeting place - the sorcerer literally ahead of her for a few minutes. Seeing the sorcerer, the guy realized that he and the girl were in danger and rushed into the river in the hope of protecting his beloved. But as soon as he swam across the river, when the sorcerer waved his magic staff, the heavens opened, lightning flashed, and the young man turned into an oak.
The girl at this moment arrived in time on the other side of the river and saw the misfortune that happened to her lover. And so it froze with tears in her eyes, turning into a mountain ash. The girl's tears turned into bright red berries - bitter in taste and reminiscent of her pain.
And to this day there are unfortunate oak and mountain ash on different banks of the river, stretching to each other with branches, but they can not reach. They stand and cry: oak drops acorns into the river, mountain ash - berries ...
The healing properties of red rowan berries
Due to the high content of fat-soluble vitamins, free amino acids, organic acids and P-active substances in the mountain ash, the tree occupies almost the main place in traditional medicine.
Mountain ash lowers blood pressure, normalizes blood cholesterol and metabolism, improves blood coagulation, effectively fights gynecological and fungal diseases, helps with vitamin deficiency, atherosclerosis, anemia, hemorrhoids, gastritis, bloating, liver, kidney and gall bladder diseases .
The therapeutic effect of mountain ash does not end there. With its help, they treat diseases of the cardiovascular system (hypertension, arrhythmia, etc.), inflammation of the bladder, and are used for rheumatism, spasms of cerebral vessels, as a laxative and even for disinfection of wounds and treatment of fractures.
However, not everyone can eat rowan berries - they are contraindicated in women in the first trimester of pregnancy, nursing mothers, patients with thrombophlebitis and a stomach ulcer.
Despite the many useful properties, the specific bitter taste of mountain ash often makes people refuse to use it. But there are two little tricks that will allow you to make rowan berries sweet.
- Firstly, it is advisable to pick the berries with the first frost, then the berries will lose their bitterness.
- Secondly, you can discard the first tip and do it even easier by putting the collected berries in the freezer and leaving them there until freezing. After thawing, the berries will become sweet, but will not lose their vitamin properties.
And, of course, you can make various jams, preserves, fruit drinks, jelly, juices, jellies and other healthy goodies from mountain ash.
Do you want to be always healthy, without waiting when the illnesses make themselves felt? Eat rowan berries in any form - fresh, frozen, dried or canned. Indeed, despite the bitterness, it perfectly improves mood and improves vitality.