Kamchuzhnaya grass - a mother and stepmother
 The grass is green, the leaves on the trees bloom, butterflies flit over the first flowers. And among these first flowers - Kamchuzhnaya grass, or mother-and-stepmother ordinary.

Tussilago farfara   - A perennial plant with a long creeping, branched rhizome of the Asteraceae family. Vernacular - butterbur, water mug.

Direct floral stem mother and stepmother reaches 10-30 cm. The flowers appear before the leaves. Flower baskets reach a diameter of 2, 0-2, 5 cm, and consist of a reed and yellow tubular flowers. In appearance yellow flowers resemble dandelions. Mother and stepmother is a honey plant first.

Leaves mother and stepmother large almost round, smooth, shiny on top and fuzzy underneath. Because of its leaves and the plant got its name. Externally, the leaves resemble hoof mark. A Latin name tussis   translated cough . This is due to the fact that the leaves mother and stepmother since ancient times belonged to the thoracic teas, treated them coughing and choking.

 Kamchuzhnaya grass - a mother and stepmother
   Grows mother and stepmother almost the entire territory of Russia, except the Far East. Meet the mother and stepmother can be in the forest, on the field, along the roads, ponds, vegetable gardens and even in cities. Often the whole plant forms thickets.

Mother and stepmother for medicinal purposes . In order to use medicinal leaves, which are harvested in the summer in June and July. Less flowers that are harvested at the time of flowering. They are cut with long petioles 4-5 cm. It is dried in the shade outdoors. But it is better to buy a mother and stepmother in the pharmacy, because if it is properly dried, it's the use of it will not be enough.

- The leaves of the plant contain: vitamin C, gallic, malic and tartaric acids, tannins, bitter glycosides, saponins, inulin and dextrin.

- Preparations mother and stepmother have anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, expectorant and emollient properties.

- Infusion of leaves mother and stepmother used for bronchitis, laryngitis, pneumonia, bronchial asthma, chronic rhinitis, gastritis, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcers, colitis.

- Infusion
1 dessert spoon of dried crushed leaves pour 1 cup of boiled water, 10-15 minutes, drain, take by coughing ½ cup 3 times a day before meals. This infusion is used for rinsing with sore throat and gums. Makes him lotions and compresses for abrasions and pustular eruptions.

- Fresh leaves or a paste of them is applied to wounds, scratches, abrasions and blisters.

Mother and stepmother have long been used in cosmetics.

- The mask of a mother and stepmother, refreshes and tones
A handful of chopped fresh herbs pour boiling water, leave for half an hour, drain, add 2 teaspoons of honey in a little warm infusion, stir, soak a towel infusion and apply on face for 20 minutes. Wash with water at room temperature.

- The mask of a mother and stepmother for dry skin
To turn a handful of leaves mother and stepmother in a meat grinder or chop the other way. Pour the warm cream so as to obtain a paste, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and apply on face for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. After 5 minutes wash water at room temperature.

- The mask of a mother and stepmother for oily skin
2 tablespoons dried crushed leaves mother and stepmother, pour hot water to obtain a pasty mass, to swell, cool, add egg white and 10 drops of lemon juice. Apply on the face with a brush in several layers, or lay out the ground between the layers of gauze for 10 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature.

- For tone and rejuvenate the skin, wipe the face, neck, chest juice mother and stepmother.

- For wrinkles
A handful of crushed leaves mother and stepmother, pour sour milk until the consistency of thick cream. Apply on face for 15 minutes, rinse swab dipped in a weak warm tea leaves of green tea. After 10 minutes, wash with cool water.

- Broth mother and stepmother, rinse hair after washing for better growth, splendor and get rid of dandruff. To do this, a handful of dried leaves to brew 1 liter of boiling water, leave for 40 - 60 minutes, drain, cool.

If you sew the flowers and leaves his mother and stepmother in a canvas bag and carry around, it will attract the attention and love of the opposite sex.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva