Useful properties of dogwood
 Someone will call dogwood rare plant, but it has been known to us since the days of Kievan Rus. But to say exactly when the dogwood appeared on earth, it is difficult. Here, for example, can be read in Homer, Odysseus was armed cornel spear. In those days, spears and arrows of the dogwood were considered the strongest.

By the way, according to legend, the first tree dogwood spears emerged from the founder of Rome, Romulus, which he outlined the borders of the future of the Eternal City, and thrust it into the ground Palantinskoy mountain. Lance turned to wood and Cornelian Cherry blossom.

The Roman poet Virgil Maron Publius (70-19 BC. E.) Wrote that even the ancient Greeks and Romans were engaged in selection of dogwood.

Homeland dogwood, presumably is Macedonia.

Translated from the Turkic language "dogwood" translates as "red." He named it so because of the red color of the fruit.

Dogwood is able to exert a beneficial effect on our health and beauty.

Cornus mas or male - Cornus mas   - Shrub or small deciduous tree with reddish-red bark of the dogwood family.

Young shoots dogwood yellowish-green, and as they mature they are covered gray bark cracks. Form dogwood leaves oblong-elliptic, pointy leaves at the end. Top leaves shiny green, bottom lighter.

Dogwood blooms before leafing, in central Russia in late April. The golden-yellow flowers are collected into small florets - umbrellas.

Dogwood valuable honey plant, pollinated by insects and wind. Fruits of barrel-shaped drupe, juicy sweet-sour, astringent with a pleasant aroma. Ripen in August and September.

 Useful properties of dogwood

After frost improves the taste of the fruit. Cornus fruits are used in cooking fresh, dried, frozen, in medicine and cosmetics.

Dogwood grows in warm climates in the Crimea, the Caucasus and Transcaucasia. As well as in Central and Southern Europe, Western Asia.

Dogwood purifies the air in a fairly large radius around them from bacteria and harmful insects.

Cornus fruits contain vitamins A, F, G, sugars, malic, citric, succinic organic acid, tannin, nitrogen and pectin, tannins, pigments, flavonoids, volatile oil, elements such as sulfur, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium .

The dogwood leaves contain vitamins E and C.

The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (IV century BC. E.). Treated dogwood diseases of the stomach.

Preparations of the dogwood is used for heat, cold, flu, loss of strength, diarrhea, hypertension, venous insufficiency, edema of the legs, dogwood normalizes metabolism, strengthens the vascular and capillary walls.

Securities considered and bones dogwood.

Decoction of the fruit and leaves   appoint diabetes.

1 tbsp. a spoonful of dry leaves dogwood pour 1 cup of hot water and boil in an enamel saucepan, covered over low heat for half an hour.

Cool, strain and take 1/4 cup 4 times a day before meals.

A decoction of the fruit:   2 tbsp. spoon dried berries Pour 2 cups boiling water in a thermos and push for 1 hour. Take 1/2 cup 3 times a day.

 Useful properties of dogwood

Dogwood is widely used in the home cosmetics.

Especially juice and fruit pulp beneficial for oily skin of the face .

Remove the bone, turn the fruit into a puree, put on face, from top to hide the wet gauze. Wash off after 15 minutes with water at room temperature.

Masks for dry skin

1 tbsp. spoon the pulp dogwood mixed with 1st. spoon sour cream, 1 egg yolk, stir well, apply on face for 10 - 15 minutes, remove with a cotton swab dipped in warm water, wash with cool.

Cornel mask for removing greasy and tightening pores

2 tbsp. spoon the pulp dogwood mix with 1 egg white, beaten to a froth, add 1 teaspoon of potato starch, mix well, apply on face for 15 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water, wash with cool.

Mask against acne

2 tbsp. spoon the pulp dogwood mix with 2 drops of tea tree essential oil, add a little water, apply on face for 15 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature.

With the addition of juice of burdock oil is rubbed into the hair roots for growth and splendor for half an hour before washing.

Wash your hair with shampoo and rinse with warm water with 1 tbsp. tablespoons juice dogwood 1 liter of water.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva