The modern research shows fireweed tincture suppressing inflammation more effectively then cortisone. It calms diarrhea and colic, it is antimicrobial and astringent. In the 20th century is was introduced as help for swollen prostate with thousands of wonderful results. Therefore, it also is great as supporting bladder, kidney, urinary tract health in both men and women.
Fireweed grows up to 6 feet in height. It reproduces by seed and by underground runners. You’ll find it in disturbed sites, after forest fires, and in logged clearings. Fireweed is a first colonizer plant that restores the soil and prepares the forest for regeneration, after a disturbance. The history of fireweed tea goes back to XII century Russia. People called it Russian tea and exported it to England, Denmark, Germany and France. It is said that it used to be more valuable then gold or fur. It was greatly consumed in Russia itself. People used the fresh young leaves in salads, and dried leaves were part of bread dough. It got a lot of recent recognition after World War I, and II when it grew rapidly all over heavily bombed areas, bringing renewal and restoration.
Other names for this herb include: Ivan Chai, great willow-herb, spiked willow-herb, rosebay willow-herb, wild asparagus, and purple rocket.
Fireweed contains flavonoids, mucilage, sugars, starches, quercetine, pectin, tannins, vitamin C and calcium salts. The vitamin C content is several times higher then in lemons.
The modern research shows fireweed suppressing inflammation more effectively then cortisone. It calms diarrhea and colic, it is antimicrobial and astringent. In the 20th century is was introduced as help for swollen prostate with thousands of wonderful results. Therefore, it also is great as supporting bladder, kidney, urinary tract health in both men and women.
Fireweed is high in iron, copper, potassium and calcium. It supports the lungs, immune system, lowers blood pressure and is great during fevers. It supports your hair, teeth and blood. Antioxidants are very high in this plant as well, they help burn fat, restore metabolism, and clean out toxins and heavy metals. Fireweed also helps to quit smoking and alcohol addiction.
In Russia it is called a warrior tea, as it provides stamina and energy, physical strength and renewal. It works as balancer of will power and anger, helps to master the the will. Wild and overactive kids calm down, and the shy children become stronger. It balances our moods, if our bodies need rest, it will relax us. And if we need a little pick me up, then we feel energized due to a little protein and minerals in the leaves.
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