Lentils - the uncrowned queen
 Once lentils really thought the queen. In her honor called the city, for example, the city Facussé in Greece was named in honor of lentils. Many scientists believe that the mess of pottage appeared at the dawn of civilization. About dishes of lentils wrote Herodotus, Theophrastus, Pliny the Elder. Without lentils Greek soldiers did not do, it was a staple food of the poor.

And in ancient Egypt dish of lentils were even on the table of the pharaohs, the vessel with the remnants of dried lentil puree was discovered by archaeologists in Thebes in the tomb of the pharaoh, who ruled in the IV century BC.

The frescoes dating back to the reign of Ramses II sealed the preparation mess of pottage.

Lentils are included in the daily diet of the Roman legionaries.

In Russia, lentils appeared 500 years ago and was very popular, but, as the introduction to the culture of barley and different vegetables, lentils permanently give up their positions. While in Russia it was also called the queen-lentils.

Lentils - Lens Gren. et Godr   - An annual herbaceous plant of the legume family papilionaceous. In lentils low straight or lying stems up to 70 cm long. Leaves paripinnate ending tendril.

Small whitish, pink or purple flowers are in the axils of leaves. In appearance reminiscent of a wild mouse peas or sweet peas, only smaller. They may be single or assembled in the inflorescence.

Fruit - flattened butterfly bean seeds inside which one to three pieces.

Seeds also flattened, gray, pink, brown, sometimes with a pattern.

 Lentils - the uncrowned queen

Lentil contains vitamins - A, B, PP, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, folic acid, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, calcium, chromium, cobalt, iodine, and phosphorus ...

Protein lentils close to animal proteins.

Lentils for products that regulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism, it protects the body from weight gain.

Dishes of lentils strengthen bones, teeth, nails, improve immunity and performance.

Lentils are considered environmentally friendly because they do not accumulate nitrates, radionuclides and toxic substances.

It has long been considered a remedy lentils and almost a panacea for all ills.

Ancient physicians prescribed it for kidney stones, and in the Middle Ages lentils treated smallpox.

Lentil flour mixture to the egg yolk to heal the wounds.

Lentils calms nerves, removes the effects of stress, helps to find peace of mind.

Most legumes are considered heavy food, but green lentils and useful to the sick and healthy and young and old.

 Lentils - the uncrowned queen

Lentils are used in the home cosmetics:

Rejuvenating mask

1 tbsp. fresh lentil chop, add 1 tbsp. sour cream and apply on face for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a cotton swab dipped in warm tea leaves of green tea. Wash cool.

Mask for oily skin

2 tbsp. Spoon lentils boil, drain, grind, turning into a puree, add 1 teaspoon honey and 1 egg white, mix well, apply on face for 15 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature.

The mask for dry skin . All the same, but instead added the protein yolk.

Hydrating Mask

2 tbsp. Spoon lentil peretёrtoy pour a small amount of warm milk to get a mush, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and apply on face for 15 minutes.

Rinse with warm water, wipe the face with ice and apply moisturizer.

 Lentils - the uncrowned queen

Mask, smoothing wrinkles

1 tbsp. spoon of lentils transformed into a puree mixed with 1 teaspoon of aloe juice and 1 teaspoon of honey (preferably buckwheat), apply on face for 10 - 15 minutes.

Rinse with water at room temperature and apply a nourishing cream suitable for your skin type.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva