Origin: Russia, Altai
An evergreen shrub with erect branches. Young branches are brownish. The leaves are alternate, leathery, shiny, dark green, linear-oblong, with down-curved edges. The flowers are small, white, fragrant, collected in apical multi-flowered brushes. A calyx of five sepals, star-shaped corolla of five petals not grown together. Ten stamens, a pistil with a five-nosed ovary and a five-lobed stigma. The fruit is an oblong-oval drooping opening box. The plant has a strong intoxicating smell. Height 50-120 cm.
The part used. Grass (stems, leaves, flowers).
The tea contains arbutin glucoside (Ericolin), tannins and an essential oil with a sharp smell (up to 2%). The composition of the essential oil includes a terpene legal, Malhotra, p-cymene, geraniaceae, bicyclic alcohol and hydrocarbons. Essential oil has a paralyzing effect on the Central nervous system. The plant is poisonous.
Water infusion of the herb has a diaphoretic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, bactericidal and wound-healing effect. The infusion expands blood vessels, improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and has "blood-purifying", soothing, narcotic and insecticidal properties. An infusion of the herb is taken inside for painful coughs, whooping cough, bronchial asthma, shortness of breath, pulmonary tuberculosis, colds, rheumatism, gout, scrofula, various eczema and other skin diseases. In Western Ukraine, the plant's infusion is drunk as a preventive measure for epidemic diseases. In German folk medicine, the infusion of Marsh tea is used for muscle and joint rheumatism, leg pain, lumbago, whooping cough, asthma and as a "blood purifier" for skin rashes.
Externally, the infusion is used for insect stings, stabs and lacerations, bruises, tumors as a result of frostbite and to increase blood circulation in the fingers when they are numb (endarteritis). The Marsh Tea, cooked with vegetable oil, is successfully used as an external remedy for the treatment of skin diseases.
In scientific medicine, the infusion is used as an expectorant, antiseptic and soothing agent for acute, chronic and asthmatic bronchitis, bronchial asthma and as an astringent for enterocolitis. The effectiveness of the Marsh Labrador Tea has been tested clinically. It is also established that the ointment from the essential oil of the herb has a good effect in the case of a runny nose. The Marsh Tea is also used as an insecticidal plant. To protect clothing from moths, it is sprinkled with leaf powder and at the same time put branches of Marsh Labrador Tea. To destroy bedbugs and fleas, fumigate the premises with leaf powder. Internal use of rosemary as poisonous plants, requires caution.
1. 1 teaspoon of Marsh Tea herb infuse for 8 hours in 2 glasses of cooled boiled water in a closed vessel, strain. Take 1/2 cup 4 times a day.
2. 20 g of Tea grass and 15 g of stinging nettle leaves infuse for 8 hours in 1 liter of boiling water in a closed vessel, strain. Take 1/4 cup 4 times a day after meals. Children with whooping cough should be given 1 teaspoon 3 times a day.
3. 2 tablespoons of Tea herb with 5 tablespoons of sunflower oil infuse for 12 hours in a closed container on a hot plate, strain. Use as an external remedy for rheumatism and skin diseases.
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