Creeping wheatgrass is a herbaceous perennial belonging to the grass family. Currently, more than 50 varieties of wheatgrass are known. Among the people, the grass was called the inhabitant, rye, dog grass. The plant has a long rhizome, spreading very quickly along the ground. It is considered one of the main enemies of the garden or garden plot. Grass is able to sprout from the smallest pieces of root left in the ground, so it is very difficult to fight it.
Botanical description of wheatgrass
Creeping wheatgrass is a herbaceous plant, the roots of which are located in the soil in a horizontal position. The roots of wheatgrass have a branched structure. The area occupied by the root of one plant can reach several square meters, and the length of the root can be up to 15 meters. When the root is bent and comes to the surface of the earth, a new plant is formed.
The stem of the wheatgrass is erect, the leaves are flat and bare, the leaf blades reach a width of up to 5-10 mm and have a long sheath. The upper part of the leaves has a rough surface. If the plant is not dealt with by agrotechnical methods, its height can reach up to 120-140 cm.
The plant blooms from late May to early September. The flowers of wheatgrass are complex inflorescences in the form of an ear, which are collected on the tops of the stems in two-row spikes about 10 cm long. Pollination of flowers occurs by wind. Fruit ripening begins in early July and lasts until September. The fruit is a grain similar to a grain of wheat.
Wheatgrass propagates by seeds and rhizomes. The main role belongs to the rhizome. If a plant is removed from the ground and not removed from the site, it is able to give a new plant if a live bud remains on it. The roots do not have a dormant period, they begin to grow even with minor damage. That is why it is very difficult to deal with wheatgrass in a garden plot or vegetable garden. Wheatgrass is distributed everywhere. It grows along roads, in forests, on arable land and wastelands.
Why wheatgrass is useful
Wheatgrass has many beneficial properties. This is evidenced by the fact that cats and dogs find and eat the leaves of the plant for various ailments. It happens at the level of instincts. With the help of wheatgrass, animals cleanse the body and intestines. Also wheatgrass is a strong remedy for the fight against worms in animals.
Wheat grass really has healing substances and is used in the treatment of a number of diseases in folk medicine. The weed has the strongest cleansing properties, moreover, it cleans not only the intestines, but also the circulatory system, and also has diuretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant properties. It is useful to use wheatgrass for changes in metabolism, diseases of the heart and blood vessels, and in many other cases. The medicinal qualities of wheatgrass are manifested due to the chemical composition, which includes:
- Ascorbic acid.
- Phenolic compounds.
- Apple acid.
- Carotene, saponin, mucus, pectin.
- Trace elements of iron, magnesium, sodium.
- Fatty and essential oils.
- Many other compounds, including amino acids.
The rhizome of the plant has medicinal properties. Harvest rhizomes when cultivating the land in early autumn. They are collected when harrowing the soil, freed from leaves and stems, earth, washed well and dried in rooms with good movement of warm air or dryers. After the roots are dry, they are rubbed with their hands, the remains of the leaves are removed so that only the rhizomes remain. Dried wheatgrass roots are usable for 2-3 years. The dried roots are odorless and have a slightly sweet taste.
The use of wheatgrass creeping for medicinal purposes
Wheatgrass root is used as a diuretic for inflammation of the urinary system, kidney disease, cystitis, in the presence of stones in the urinary organs. In these qualities, wheatgrass is similar to horsetail. Its decoctions are also used for dropsy and various edema to remove excess fluid from the body.
Couch grass is used as an enveloping agent for diseases of the stomach or intestines, and also as a mild laxative. In bronchitis and lung diseases, wheatgrass is used as an expectorant. Children are prescribed drugs from wheatgrass for rickets, anemia. It is found in a soothing tea for children.
One of the main properties of the plant is its ability to purify the blood from radionuclides, and the walls of blood vessels from plaques. Blood purification also occurs due to the fact that with the removal of fluid from the body, toxins are removed. This property of wheatgrass is also used for skin diseases, furunculosis and various skin rashes. For skin diseases and rashes, take baths from herbal decoctions.
Due to the presence of vitamins and many trace elements in the composition of wheatgrass, it is used to restore the body after physical and emotional stress. The state of fatigue and weakness is removed after taking wheatgrass tea for a month.
Good results are obtained when using rhizomes to relieve pain in arthritis, arthrosis, joint diseases, as well as gout. Both herbal decoctions and herbal baths are used.
How wheatgrass is used in traditional medicine recipes
In medicine, extracts from the rhizomes of wheatgrass are added in the manufacture of certain medicines. Along with this, the rhizomes of the plant are used in the treatment of traditional medicine.
- In order to clean the blood vessels, 2 tablespoons of prepared grass roots are poured with cold boiled water (250 ml), insisted for half a day in a dark place. After that, the water is drained and these roots are poured with a glass of boiling water. The cooled water is drained and mixed with the one that was drained for the first time. The resulting composition is drunk during the day. Take half an hour before meals. Treatment takes place within 3 months.
- To clean the joints from salts, the infusion is prepared from 1 tablespoon of herb rhizomes and a glass of boiling water. Grass is poured with boiling water, insisted for a couple of hours in a warm place, consumed three times a day, 40-50 ml each. Duration of admission – 1 week. Then they take a break for several days and repeat the course again. You can do 3-4 courses in a row.
- With various skin diseases, rickets, diathesis in children, baths are made from a decoction of wheatgrass rhizomes. To do this, 50 g of rhizomes are poured with 5 liters of boiling water and heated in a water bath or boiled over low heat for half an hour, insisted, and then the broth is carefully poured into a bath of water. 10-15 baths are made per course of treatment, depending on the severity of the disease.
- Concentrated steam from the roots of wheatgrass is used for diseases of the biliary tract. To do this, 100 g of peeled and prepared rhizomes are poured with boiling water (1 liter), boiled over low heat until …