Spring in the clearing, even in a city park blossom little yellow flowers on a thin stalk. Call this plant - gagea.

Why is that? It is said that the geese love to feast on this grass. The people still call it - bow bird, yellow bell nival. The scientific name of the plant is named after the Dutch scientist Thomas Gaga, who went to America and was first described it in 1648.

Gagea shaggy, or yellow, or yellow Gaga - Gagea lutea   - A perennial bulbous plant of the lily family. Height straight stem bow goose does not exceed 10-12cm. Rarely stem rises to a height of 25cm. The leaves are small linear.

At the direction of the stem is placed umbellate inflorescence of several greenish-yellow or golden flowers, similar to the yellow stars. Flowers can be from 4 to 16 pieces. The gloomy weather and the flowers close at night, and to distinguish them among the grass is almost impossible.

Small bulbs goose onions, hidden deep under the ground and representing a modified escape, turned into a fleshy succulent flakes are edible. The bulb has the form of an oblong egg with gray-brown shells. Fruit - a three-edged capsule. It ripens in May and June.

   Gagea grows among bushes, under the shade of deciduous forests, woods and parks.

Healing properties
Grass goose onion contains essential oil, such as contain all of the bows. The bulbs also contain essential oils and other than him, contains vitamins B, C, carotene, fiber, organic acids, sugars, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, enzymes, nitrogen compounds, flavonoids, saponins, glycosides ...

A decoction of the bulbs in the old days used in jaundice, asthma, edema, applied externally to ulcers, non-healing wounds for a long time. The bulbs are dug up and dried, then ground.

Gagea like other bows, have antimicrobial properties and protects against brittle bones, multiple sclerosis, improves metabolism, reduces sugar, pressure, removes harmful cholesterol, toxins.

Spring leaves and bulbs for medical purposes are added to salads.

In cosmetics also use bulbs

- Mask porous, contaminated skin
Grate the onion 1-2 on a fine grater or chop the other way, add a little honey and apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature. Be careful not to hit in the face mask.

- From acne
Take 1 dessert spoon of chopped onion goose onions, add 1 egg white, mix well, apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature.

- When freckles
Squeeze the juice from the pulp through a cheesecloth and lubricate the juice of dark spots and freckles 2-3 times a day. But then you can not show up in the sun for several hours.

- For dry and normal skin
1 tbsp. spoonful of gruel mixed with 1 beaten egg yolk and add as much cream as to obtain a creamy mass apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature.

- For aging skin
Onions washed, dried, baked in the oven in a pan, mash and apply an even layer on the face, pre-greased with olive oil for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, wash cold.

- For oily skin
1 tbsp. spoonful of gruel mixed with beaten egg whites, put on the face for 10 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature and wipe the face with ice or cold water wash.

- With pale skin
Mix 1 tbsp. spoonful of gruel with 2 tbsp. spoons of grated carrot and grated 1-2 tbsp. dollop of sour cream. Apply on face for 10 minutes. Remove, swab dipped in the tea leaves of black tea. After 5 minutes, wash with water at room temperature.

- For better hair growth
Mix 2 tbsp. spoon pulp with 1 tbsp. spoon of honey, rub into the scalp, gently wash off after half an hour, rinse with shampoo, suitable for the type of hair.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva