In people, it is a valuable medicinal and cosmetic plant called "cat peas." His Latin name astragalos - which means "bell", "ankle" - a plant has received for its angular seeds.

Astragalus - a perennial herb of the family legumes. The root of the astragalus have many-headed, fleshy stem. Several direct or ascending stems reach a height of 30-45sm.

Odd-pinnate, compound leaves consist of 12-14 pairs of oblong - elliptic leaves. Yellow or light yellow papilionaceous flowers are collected in inflorescence - head tight 10-20 pieces. Astragalus Blossoms in May - June.

Fruits - hairy, hard, leathery, indehiscent, ovoid or oval beans length of 10-12 mm with a spout and a triangular seeds dark green or yellow-green ripen in July. Once the fruits are ripe, aboveground part of the plant dies and grows again in the early spring.

Astragalus grows in steppe areas, forest edges, clearings, central Russia and in the south. The medicinal and cosmetic purposes are used herb astragalus, which are cut during flowering at a height of 5-10 cm above the soil surface and dried outdoors in the shade.

   Herb Astragali contains vitamins - C, B, saponins, polysaccharides, alkaloids, triterpene saponins, sterols, flavonoids, starch, tannins, coumarins, malic, citric organic acids, essential oil, minerals - selenium, copper, iron, aluminum, magnesium, strontium, molybdenum, vanadium, calcium, barium, silicon, phosphorus and manganese.

Drugs Astragalus has hemostatic, hypotensive, sedative, vasodilator, diuretic properties, improves blood circulation in the kidneys, reduce puffiness.

Infusions of the herb Astragalus is used in hypertension, congestive heart failure, tachycardia, angina, edema, diabetes, atherosclerosis; diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, rheumatism, scrofula, cancer, diseases of the hematopoietic system.

- Infusion
1st. a spoonful of chopped herbs pour 1 cup boiling water, leave for half an hour, strain to take on ¼ cup 3-4 times a day.

- Tincture of roots
40 c. crushed roots of Astragalus pour 500ml. vodka. Cork, insist 10 days in a dark place, shaking occasionally. Strain, take. 20-30 drops 3 times a day before meals for 2 months.

In China Astragalus preparations used in gerontology, since they have the ability to rejuvenate the organism.

Infusion rinse the mouth with gingivitis, stomatitis and periodontal disease.

Astragalus is not recommended during pregnancy and hypotension.

For cosmetic purposes   decoctions and infusions of Astragalus wash for wrinkles to give the skin elasticity.

- Compress
1st. spoon grass pour 1 cup, cover and insist 2 hours. Strain, soak gauze and put on face for 20 minutes, soaking it every 5 minutes.

- Rejuvenating mask
Mix 1st. spoon infusion with 2st. boats cottage cheese and 1 teaspoon of honey, stir and put on your skin on 19-15 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature.

- Hydrating Mask
1st. spoon infusion mixed with 1st. spoon of cucumber juice and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Soak the composition of gauze, folded in several layers and apply on face for 15 minutes. Wash with water at room temperature.

- Against Cellulite
Mix the infusion Astragalus honey in the ratio 1: 1, apply to problem areas, and wrap in cellophane, wash off after 30-30 minutes.

- Bath, softens the skin and gives it elasticity
3-4 tablespoons. spoons of crushed dry raw material to fill a thermos with 1 liter of boiling water, insist 2 hours, strain, pour into the tub. The water temperature should not exceed 37 degrees.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva