You walk down the street and see a beautiful flowering tree, the first thought - cherries, but looking closer, you realize that cherries some not so. And it does not cherries, and Saskatoon, the plant is not less beautiful and useful.

Saskatoon - Amelanchier Medic   - A fast-growing deciduous small tree or large shrub of the family Rosaceae. In Saskatoon it grows to a height of 4-4, 5 meters. Shoots straight brown-red color. The leaves are dark green, large, bottom-pubescent and lighter are in the shape of an oval, egg, ellipse. Autumn colored in yellow, orange, pink and red and red paint.

Saskatoon blossoms in May. Good honey plant. The flowers are white, cream, pink, collected in a inflorescence - flaps 10-12 pieces. The fruits are spherical, less pear-shaped, oval, dark blue, sometimes almost black, with a waxy coating. It tastes sweet. They ripen in July - August. Fresh fruit stored up to 5 days after collection.

Irgu not name the plant longevity, she lives about 40 years, fruits with 3-4 years of abundant and annually.

   Because of its hardiness Saskatoon has taken root in the cities and in the gardens of Central Russia. In Europe irgu began to cultivate more than 400 years ago, more than 100 years, it is grown in the United States.

Saskatoon is recognized as one of the most valuable fruit crop.   Fruits contain irgi: vitamins B3, PP, C, carotene, sugar, pectin, malic acid and other organic acids, tannins and dyeing substances, trace elements - copper, lead, cobalt ...

Both fresh and dried fruit irgi have anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. For therapeutic purposes, is used as bark, leaves and flowers irgi.

Preparations from irgi strengthen eyesight and help in disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, for the treatment of liver, kidney, heart, for the prevention of hypovitaminosis, avitaminosis, MS.

In any form of Saskatoon strengthens blood vessels and increases their elasticity, it has recommended for the prevention of myocardial infarction, and varicose veins.

Saskatoon brings them the body cholesterol, heavy metals, toxins, improves the immune system, lowers blood pressure, normalize sleep.

With a cold decoction of irgi rinse the throat, the same broth reduces inflammation throughout the mouth, helps with diseases of the gums.

Fresh berries irgi useful to almost all in any age.

Limit consumption irgi need only to people with low blood pressure.   But compotes and jam irgi in a small amount and it can be.

- Infusion of irgi
1 tbsp. spoon dried berries to fill a thermos and 1 cup of boiled water, half an hour. Take for indigestion.

Flowers, berries, leaves irgi - good cosmetic

- To make the skin soft and velvety
1 tbsp. spoon flowers irgi brew 1 cup of boiling water, leave for 20 minutes, cool, filter, wash morning and evening.

- When dry skin and excess tanning
Steam leaves irgi, Gulf of boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Remove, cool slightly and apply on face for 15-20 minutes. Wash is not necessary.

- For oily skin with enlarged pores
Mix 1 tbsp. spoon the pulp of the berries irgi 1 egg white, put on face for 10 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature.

- The skin becomes less oily, wipe the face if irgi juice diluted with boiled water 1: 1. This procedure is useful for all skin since nourishes, moisturizes and nourishes with vitamins.

- Rejuvenating mask
1 tbsp. irgi of juice mixed with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tbsp. spoonful of soft cheese, put on face for 15 minutes. Wash with boiled water.

- Irgi juice rubbed into the roots of the hair for better growth for the half-hour before shampooing.

- A decoction of the flowers irgi
Handful of flowers to fill 1 liter of boiling water, leave for 40 minutes, drain, added to the bath of softness and elasticity of the skin. This decoction is also cleanses and makes the skin smoother.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva