It is said that once red colt ran a heavenly blue meadows green earth meadow long he was running across the grass, playing and frolic, and when evening came, it was enough heavenly Shepherd, looked down, and saw red foal on a green meadow, and took him back to the sky. But the shepherd did not notice that the colt lost a bell, and that he rolled into the thick grass.

He lay there until spring, and the spring has taken root and grown plant with blue bells flowers. His so-called - bell ... The people call him as a wild cornflowers, lumbago, variety of colors, and even the field Serpa ... chicken.

Lilielistny bells - Adenophora liliifolia L.   - Herbaceous perennial plant of the family Campanulaceae. The rhizome is a plant wrinkled, thick, fleshy, fusiform. Stem straight to 70-150 cm tall. Lower leaves resemble hearts on stalks, or are egg-shaped, serrate-dentate top, top, they are darker than the bottom, the edge of the leaves lightly wrapped.

Large bell-shaped, blue, lavender, sometimes white to 2cm long drooping flowers are collected in inflorescence panicle or brush the top of the stem. Bell blooms in July and August. Bells good honey plant.

   It grows in the European part of Russia, in Siberia. It can be found in shady, damp places, on the fringes, in birch, coniferous and deciduous forests, meadows, meadow slopes, open stony slopes, bushes, including grasses.

The medicinal and cosmetic purposes   using bells lilielistnogo roots. The roots of the bells contains vitamins - A, P, C, organic acids, monosaccharides, pentosans, pectin, gum, tannins, alkaloids, flavonoids, coumarins, saponins, inulin. The leaves were found Vitamins - P, C, tannins. The seeds - a fatty oil.

- Alcoholic infusion of roots has anticonvulsant properties, broth - antiulcer.

- In ancient times, the root of the bells called as ginseng, "man-root", and applied under the same diseases as ginseng.

- Modern folk medicine uses extracts from the root of the bells in nervous disorders, insomnia, weakness, loss of strength, fatigue.

- In China, the bell belongs to the aphrodisiac, and is used as a tonic.

- Infusion with neurosis and neurasthenia
3 tbsp. tablespoons chopped herbs pour bells 1, 5 cups of boiled water, in a thermos for 2 hours, strain. Take ½ cup 3 times a day before meals.

The roots are used for cosmetic purposes, juice and leaves of bells. Fresh juice diluted with boiled water in a ratio of 1: 1, wipe the face of freshness and elasticity.

- Rejuvenating mask
Grind shoots bells, take 2 tbsp. spoon mashed potatoes, add 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon of olive oil, stir, put on face for 10 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature.

- The mask removes shine for oily skin
By 2 tbsp. spoons of chopped leaves add 1st. spoon of starch, put on face for 10 minutes. Wash with water at room temperature.

- Nourishing Mask
Turn roots bells in a meat grinder, take 2 tbsp. spoon pulp, add 1 egg and 1desertnuyu. a spoonful of honey, mix well and apply on face. Wash off with a swab dipped in lukewarm tea leaves of green tea or broth of parsley. Wash with cool water.

- Bathtub
Bath with the addition of broth from the roots of the bells makes your body firm and toned skin: 4 tbsp. tablespoons dried roots pour 1 liter of boiled water, 1 hour, drain and pour into a bath temperature not exceeding 37 ° C. Take 15 minutes. After the bathrooms do not wipe.

- A decoction of the roots of the bells can rinse hair after washing. They will be fluffy and shiny.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva