Multicolored flowers bright decorative purslane seem embroidered on the carpet of emerald grass arm itself Mary Weaver. And purslane useful in the treasury of health and beauty to any woman.

Purslane - Portulaca oleracea L.   - A perennial herb of the family portulacaceae. We have grown as an annual.

Its fleshy, light green with a reddish tinge stems, 15-35 cm long, often bedridden, but are raised above the ground and erect. They branched almost from its very foundations. The leaves are thick, oblong.

The flowers are small, yellow, located singly or gathered in bundles of 2 - 3 in the leaf axils. Flowering purslane from June until autumn. Pollinated by insects.

Fruit - spherical or egg-shaped capsule. Seeds are dark brown, maturing from July until frost. Carried by the wind.

On the globe grows up to 200 species of purslane, and in Russia, grows wild only garden purslane. It can be seen in fields, gardens, on vacant lots, deposits, sandy sediments in the river valleys.

Purslane is cultivated as a vegetable, medicinal and ornamental plant. Growers bred purslane macranthon - Portulaca grandiflora .

Homeland purslane is called India, Argentina and Brazil, to Europe purslane was introduced by the XIX century. It is grown in Asia Minor, Iran, Mongolia, China, Japan, and Australia. In most countries it is grown as a vitamin salad green, which is used mainly before flowering.

 Useful properties of purslane
The green purslane contains vitamins - A, B1, B2, E, K, PP, protein, glucose, sucrose, galactose, succinic, citric, malonic organic acid salts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and other nutrients.

Medicinal properties of common purslane is already used in ancient times. About the treatment of purslane mention in his writings, Hippocrates, Pliny, Theophrastus and other physicians and scientists of the ancient world. Portulaca used as food and as medicine in ancient Egypt and Assyria. The ancient Arabs called purslane "blessed a vegetable," according to an old Muslim tradition Magomed iztselilsya of the wounds on his legs after touching the purslane with the walking on the field. Arab physician Ibn El Benter purslane applied in the treatment of diabetes, liver disease, kidney, stomach.

In today's folk medicine aerial parts of purslane is used for headaches, stomach diseases, liver, kidney and bladder, hypotension, arthritis, enterocolitis, dysentery, conjunctivitis, hemorrhoids, to reduce blood sugar levels.

- A decoction of the herb purslane
1 tbsp. a spoonful of chopped dry grass purslane pour 1 incomplete (to kaёmki) cup of boiling water, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, pour into a thermos and push a couple of hours, cool, strain to take on the 1st Class spoon 3-4 times a day before Food.

Outwardly broth wash sores, lichens and wounds, making lotions for psoriasis.

For removing their warts smeared with fresh purslane juice.

Portulaca from ancient times used in cosmetics . Masks of purslane makes wrinkles less visible, lines and folds of skin running in the tissues of the process of rejuvenation of cells.

- Mask for normal to oily skin
2 tbsp. spoon pulp from young green purslane mix with 1 teaspoon of oatmeal. Apply on face for 15 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature.

- The mask for dry skin
2 tbsp. tablespoons minced purslane mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey and add as much olive oil that the mass does not spread. Apply on face for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with a swab dipped in warm tea leaves of green tea. Wash with cool boiled water.

- Nourishing Mask
Mix rastёrtye leaves purslane, approximately. 4st spoons with soft cheese and 1 teaspoon of sour cream. Apply to face, neck and neck for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm decoction of parsley or chamomile tea. Apply to the skin moisturizer.

- Infusion for washing the hair of dandruff
1 tbsp. spoon dry grass pour 1 cup boiling water. Infuse 1 hour, drain, rub in the scalp after washing and wet hair.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva