It is interesting that every year are invented all the new drugs and cosmetics, but any medicine has a lot of side effects and the publicized cosmetic products are often just a waste of money.

Recently, more and more often we hear that people are too detached from nature, although they are part of it and that she can find and drugs and the extension of youth. We have to recognize the fact that our ancestors understood better than us in herbs and successfully used their healing properties.

Here, for example, has such a plant " angelica ", The name of which is derived from the Slavic root means" recuperating, be strong. "

According to legend, Angelica turned slain enemy spear warrior giant. Because the plant is visible and grows to a height of two meters. The popular name of the plant - the barn, sweatshops, beam.

Angelica archangelica - Archangelica officinalis L   - Biennial herbaceous plant of the Umbelliferae or celery. The plant has a vertical shortened rhizome, brown on the outside, but on a break - a wrinkled white roots. Direct branching thick hollow furrowed stalk with a bluish bloom reaches a height of 2-2, 5 meters. Because of the stem cavity, as if it dutosti, sometimes called angelica angelica.

Carved top leaves huge, lower smaller, have a swollen vagina, covering part of the stem. Angelica bloom the second year. Small white or yellow-green flowers clustered in an inflorescence - large umbrellas.

Angelica exudes a strong smell and is an excellent honey plant.

Interestingly, in dry meadows angelica may not bloom for decades. Moisture is the most essential component for the development of angelica. Seeds of plants have the form of flat brown testicles, and sometimes more than a thousand.

Homeland angelica called the north of Europe and Asia, but it is widespread throughout Europe, including in Russia. It grows on flood plains, in the shaded areas on the banks of rivers, lakes, streams, swamps, ravines. Cultivated in many European countries. In Russia and Ukraine, it is grown in gardens and orchards, as a spice and medicinal plant.

For medicinal purposes   used angelica roots and rhizomes.
The roots of the plant contain: vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, essential oil, coumarins and other valuable substances.

Preparations from Angelica uses not only popular, but also the official modern medicine. They have a tonic, stimulant, diuretic and diaphoretic properties.

They are used to improve digestion in the indigestion, with phobias of the gastrointestinal tract, diseases of the respiratory tract.

- Invigorating tea
1 dessert spoon of crushed dried root brew 1 cup of boiling water, leave for 10 minutes. Take ½ cup 2 times a day.

In cooking As spicy seasoning used dried flowering shoots, leaves, stalks and roots of the plant. Roots flavored muscat wine, liqueurs, gin. Fresh leaves and stems are cooked jam, candy making, added to salads and side dishes.

Cosmetic properties of angelica   no less impressive. Angelica decoction wash tired skin. From broth, you can also cook the ice cubes that are especially refreshing skin summer heat. A decoction of angelica relieves skin irritation.

- Broth
1 teaspoon crushed roots brew 1 cup of boiling water, leave for 10 minutes, drain. Wash in the morning and evening. Do wipe.

- To get rid of wrinkles
1 teaspoon of broth mixed with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tbsp. Spoon the soft cheese. Mix well, apply on the skin for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water, wash with cool.

- Mask for the face
Pour boiling water over the leaves of the young so that the water just covers the leaves, 5 minutes to grind the leaves, add sour cream and apply on face for 10 minutes. Remove swab dipped in warm water. Wash - cool.

- Baths   from angelica make the skin more elastic and smooth, give it a pleasant fragrance.
2 tbsp. tablespoons chopped dried angelica root brew 1 liter of boiling water, leave for 20-30 minutes, strain and pour into the tub. The temperature of the bath should not exceed 38 degrees. Take a bath for 15 minutes. The course of 10-15 baths.

- The hair is rinsed   after washing decoction of the roots of angelica to get rid of dandruff and give your hair the splendor and fragrance.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva