Slipper Kipridy
 In our time in the forest can be found, "Slipper Kipridy" or northern orchid. This flower is striking in its beauty.

Kipridovym it was named after the island of Cyprus - Cypripedium   from Cyprus   - Cyprus.

In Cyprus, there is a temple dedicated to the goddess of beauty and love Aphrodite, the Roman Venus version. One legend says that one day the goddess went for a walk with her lover Adonis. Feeling the fire of passion, they retired to a cave in the woods and swamps. And when they came out, it came under heavy rain. Venus slipped and jumped to her feet with a golden slipper satin, red ribbons. Slipper is then found a farmer, was returning home after a storm. But as soon as he took it in his hands, shoe immediately became a flower. One of the petals of a flower shape retained the divine shoes, while others were slightly stained with dirt ...

The scientific name given flower to recall the myth of Venus lost her shoe, the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. First, the plant has been called - calceolus , From the Latin word calceus   - "Little shoe", then pedilon   - Bedroom slipper.

 Slipper Kipridy
   In addition, this plant has a lot of people's names. In England, a flower called 'ladies' shoes' in the US "loafers." In Belarus and Poland - zozulkami. In Russia - Maryino shoes, boots Virgin. Flower, indeed, reminiscent of the shoe from the foot fairy beauties.

Slipper Kipridy or Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium calceolus   - Herbaceous perennial plant of the genus Cypripedium, orchid family. The plant has thick, creeping rhizome, high Slipper Kipridy can reach half a meter, but usually 25-35 cm.

Elliptical, pointed leaves are slightly pubescent above and below. Single large flowers are placed on top of the stem for 2-3 pieces. Perianth reddish-brown flowers, the lip-shaped shoes with curved inside edges - golden color, inside is covered with reddish speckles.

Little Shoes There are white, white and mottled with purple, yellow, red-brown with a white lip, yellowish-green ...

Kipridy Slipper blooms in June and blooms for a month. It has a subtle pleasant aroma, is pollinated by insects. But Slipper blooms Kipridy only 10-18 years old. Propagated by seeds, but only if the soil certain soil fungi, usually vegetatively, the growth of roots.

In the world there are about 50 kinds of slippers, mostly in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. Kipridy slipper grows in sparse coniferous and deciduous forests, light forests, scrublands, forest edges, where there is a cool, shade and plenty of moisture.

Slipper Kipridy comprising: vitamin C, sugars, enzymes, alkaloids, volatile oil, tannin, gummy substance ...

Preparations from plants have long been used in folk medicine . Decoctions and infusions are taken orally in diseases of the cardiovascular system, neurosis, insomnia, fever, headache, at a delay of menstruation. It is believed that Slipper Kipridy can cure even schizophrenia.

But ingest herbal teas or infusions can be only under the guidance of an experienced herbalist or fitoterapevta.   For example, popular wisdom says that collect grass Cypripedium for medicinal purposes should be only at full moon.

But if we can get the grass Cypripedium Kipridy, you can use it to improve their appearance .

- Take 1 teaspoon of chopped herbs, pour 1 cup boiling water and boil for 30 minutes on low heat, strain and wash in the morning and evening.

- Hydrating Mask
Take 1 tbsp. a spoonful of broth, add 1 teaspoon honey and 2 tbsp. spoon grated on a fine grater cucumber. Mix and apply on face for 15 minutes. Rinse with water at room temperature.

- Mask pale skin
1 teaspoon of broth mixed with 1chaynoy spoon tea leaves and black tea 1-2st. spoons of cottage cheese. Apply on face for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm brew of black tea. After 5 minutes, wash with cold water.

- Mask for skin smoothness and haze
Grind to a coffee grinder 2 tbsp. spoons of oatmeal, pour warm milk, so that it is only a blind Hercules, allow to stand, add 1 teaspoon of decoction Cypripedium, stir well, apply on face for 10 minutes, the top cover cloth. Rinse with a little warm broth Cypripedium. After 5 minutes, wash with cool water.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva