Agarum (scarlet tree) - one of the most common ornamental houseplants. It is highly valued for its many healing properties. In residential conditions, the agave feels fine, does not require special care. As a rule, it develops in the form of a strongly branched shrub with fleshy arrow-shaped leaves, framed by barbed-teeth on the edge. As soon as the season of cold comes, agave immediately becomes an indispensable home healer.
The healing properties of the plant
The range of use of agave is quite extensive. Juice and leaf pulp are used to treat ophthalmic inflammation, stomach ulcers, bronchial asthma, radiation sickness, low-acid gastritis, as an immunostimulating agent. Juice can be used as nasal drops during the cold period.
Home-made and industrial aloe vera drugs are used to:
- stimulate digestion;
- improve bowel performance;
- choleretic action;
- relieving inflammation;
- accelerate healing;
- fight against bacterial microflora.
- Widely used in cosmetology.
Despite such a stunning list of useful qualities, it is not advisable to use products based on agave extracts for heart diseases, disorders of the liver, kidneys, gall bladders, intestinal weakness, hemorrhoids. Women are contraindicated in the period of gestation, with heavy menstruation.
How to use the plant?
To get the juice, lower leaves that are at least 15 cm are best suited. You can keep them cut for no more than a day, since after the plant loses most of its healing properties. In order to prolong the freshness of the cut leaf and preserve its healing effect, it is washed, dried, packed in parchment paper and stored at low temperatures (preferably in a common refrigerator compartment).
From the pulp you can get the juice, which should be consumed within 1-2 days. On the basis of the extracted juice alcoholic tinctures, mixtures, ointments are prepared. Plates of pulp can be applied to the inflamed areas of the skin in the form of a natural patch or wipe.
Several recipes from traditional medicine with agave
The use of agave at home is simple. If you have this indoor perennial plant, then you can always prepare medicines from it if necessary. No need to harvest "drugs" for future use, it is more efficient to prepare drugs from freshly cut leaf.
There are many recipes of traditional medicine with the addition of agave. Agave is well established in conjunction with honey - another "universal" with many healing properties.
Recipe number 1
- 1.5 Art. aloe juice;
- 1 tbsp. honey;
- 0.5 tbsp. alcohol;
- 3 tbsp. red wine (Cahors).
The ingredients are mixed in a glass container, tightly closed with a lid, store for storage in a dark place. From the next day you need to drink 1 tbsp. l before meals (children from 5 years old - 1 tsp.). This tool will allow you to quickly overcome ARI and ARVI.
Recipe number 2
- 0.5 tbsp. aloe juice;
- 1.4 tbsp. honey;
- 3-4 lemon juice;
- 2 tbsp. walnut.
Nuts should be crushed into a pulp for easy mixing. Use the mixture daily at least three times a day before meals for dessert or a teaspoon. This tool stimulates the appetite well, boosts the body's immune barrier, recommended during recuperation after an illness.
Recipe number 3
- 0.5 tbsp. aloe juice;
- 0.5 tbsp. honey;
- 1 tbsp. l medical alcohol.
A mixture of agave juice with honey is an excellent local remedy that stimulates the process of wound healing, tissue regeneration, inflammation, and disinfection.
This is only a small fraction of how agave can be used for medicinal purposes. However, we should not forget that self-treatment can lead to undesirable consequences. Medical consultation will not be superfluous.