It is highly valued as a source of vitamin C and essential amino acids. A nondescript plant is highly respected by people who are familiar with herbs and their properties. It grows in swamps, in northern regions, mainly in mosses. What is cloudberry? Its useful properties are now undeservedly forgotten. Let's talk today about what it is used in folk medicine for.
The cloudberry plant
It turns out that this herb is a very close relative of the royal rose. The plant itself is rather unattractive, low and herbaceous. It is this swamp grass that gives such a wonderful berries as cloudberries. We'll look at the useful properties below, let's finish the description of the plant itself. It grows in a wet, swampy terrain, but it almost does not have leaves. This indicates that the plant appeared uniquely in the southern and arid regions. However, it blooms and fructifies much better in a damp and cold climate.
The value of cloudberry berries
Not for nothing that native Siberians appreciate this berry and every year they go to its gatherings. Why are we not talking about cowberry or blueberry today, but decided to consider such a berry as cloudberry? Its useful properties have been known since ancient times. Below we will examine in more detail all the vitamins and minerals that are in this marsh berry. In addition to fiber, it contains essential amino acids.
Berry successfully fights with hypovitaminosis and beriberi. Let's analyze what vitamins it contains. It is vitamin A, which is necessary for the health of the visual system. In berries, there is a lot of vitamin PP, or nicotinic acid. This substance is necessary for the activation of tissue food enzymes, certain digestive enzymes and proteins. But this does not exhaust the rich composition of such a product as cloudberry.
Useful properties are manifested at the expense of a rich content of vitamin B. This is an improvement in memory, and increased mental activity, and increased vitality by improving metabolism. Finally, it is necessary to note the high content of vitamin C. It is necessary for the health of the skin and hair. This powerful weapon for fighting a variety of diseases, since this vitamin helps to raise immunity.
Separately note vitamin E. This element provides a muscle tone and strengthens the walls of the vessels. It is a real vitamin of youth, it is necessary primarily for women to preserve beauty.
Trace elements in cloudberry
Indeed, not only vitamins are famous for this bog berry. The healing properties of cloudberries are partly due to a harmonious combination of vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for our body every day. This is primarily iron, which is vital for the production of white blood cells and hemoglobin, that is to strengthen immunity. Contained in the berry cobalt is very useful for the digestive system, with its lack of problems with the pancreas begin.
The most important component, which is necessary for bone is phosphorus, it is contained in these berries in large quantities. In addition, it regulates kidney function. Potassium, which many in berries, is an essential component of calcium-sodium exchange, due to which functioning of all the organs and systems.
Proceeding from such a rich composition, it is easy to assume that the medicinal properties of cloudberry are just as vast. Many centuries ago, herbalists already knew and appreciated this berry, and also used it for healing. It has excellent hemostatic and antispasmodic effect. With colds and viral diseases, it is a great natural immunostimulant, which helps you to quickly put yourself in order. Leaves have a strong healing and anti-inflammatory effect, and therefore they are recommended for taking with urolithiasis and cystitis, bleeding and inflammatory processes.
We already wrote that the berry contains a lot of potassium. This allows you to use it effectively in hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. For the treatment of scurvy, it is no less effective than sauerkraut. The leaves of the cloudberry are indispensable for the elimination of skin diseases and inflammatory processes on the skin. It is used for speedy healing of damage of any nature – from burns to festering wounds.
How to use this wonderful berry
Most often used tincture of cloudberries. She is drunk with gout, urolithiasis and other diseases of excretory system. The thing is that this is a powerful diuretic. Recommend cloudberries and with general metabolic disorders.
Awesome berry retains its therapeutic properties in any form. Treatment does not decrease the therapeutic properties, that is, and jam, and jam, even juice and compote will have all the properties of the berries. Frozen product is only slightly inferior to fresh. Preparation of cloudberry – it's not complex, but preferably the heat treatment is to minimize.
In what diseases is its use recommended?
Most often it is recommended to use cloudberries with scurvy. The high content of vitamin C makes it possible to completely eliminate the development of the disease. With catarrhal diseases, cloudberry is the most valuable product that makes it easier to relieve the course of the disease and bring about a recovery. Morozka is good for beriberi and hypovitaminosis, because it contains almost all the necessary set of nutrients.
In the list of indications for its use – metabolic disorders and diseases of the bladder, bleeding, poorly healing wounds, digestive disorders, and diseases accompanied by inflammatory processes, hypertension and obesity. Any of these diseases would require a full examination by a doctor, medical history and confirmation of diagnosis. Only then can you prescribe a cure, part of which is cloudberry. Because it's not a cure, in the case of serious diseases, it should act only as auxiliary means.
Despite all its useful properties, has cloudberry contraindications. It can cause severe allergic reactions, almost like citrus, so you need to be careful of those who are prone to allergies. The use of cloudberries does not cover the treatment of diseases of the digestive system. Moreover, with gastritis and colitis, it should not be used. It is necessary to avoid the use of berries with ulcers of the stomach and duodenum. It should be remembered that cloudberry increases the coagulability of blood, so before using it, you should always consult your doctor.
Cloudberry. Recipes with a healing berry
This valuable ingredient can be a part of face and body creams, hair care products. The nutrients in the cloudberry have a positive effect on the skin condition. For medicinal purposes, decoctions and infusions from the leaves, roots, stems and berries of the plant are used. For the preparation of medicinal infusion it is necessary to pour two tablespoons of raw material with a glass of boiling water and to insist or boil, if roots are used. Can be used for external and internal use.
To prepare berries for the winter, it is recommended to prepare jam. One kilogram of berries will require the same amount of sugar. Sprinkle the berries with sugar and leave overnight. In the morning bring to a boil and remove from heat. When the mixture has cooled, wipe it through a sieve and bring to a boil again.
You can cook a terrific pastille. To do this, you need to heat the berries in the oven to soften, then rub them with sugar through a sieve in a 1: 2 ratio and dry the mixture in the oven.
Very quickly you can cook a useful compote. To do this, a kilogram of berries and 200 g of sugar are poured into the jar, poured boiling water and put on sterilization for 15 minutes.
As you can see, there are many ways in which cloudberries are harvested. Recipes can be supplemented and come up with new ones.
Let's sum up the results
Moroshka is a valuable berry, long known for its healing properties. It is quite difficult to find a city dweller, supermarkets already sell cranberries, but blueberries and cloudberries are almost never found. However, if you are lucky enough to get on the riding bogs, do not miss the chance to look for a wonderful berry. This is a real pantry of health, because it contains almost all trace elements necessary for humans.