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Grass Zheleznyak – medicinal properties and contraindications

Since ancient times, the ironstone or sopnic known magical plants, is able to solve many everyday problems. Today, this herb is included in many medicinal charges. It is used to treat skin and other diseases.


Sopnic grows in the Northern hemisphere, found in Africa, Asia, southern Russia, the Urals, everywhere – in Ukraine. It prefers open forest edges and glades, slopes of hills, the coastal zone of rivers, growing in steppe and cereal crops.

In the old days the plant was used by the magical glory.

It was thought that it casts out the evil spirits, contributes to the reconciliation of the warring parties and protects from fatal wounds on the battlefield.

These properties are reflected in the folk names of herbs: pigeon grass, tear Juno, seventh grass Venus, Ukrainian ginseng.

Has long been observed the healing properties of zopnika in the treatment of diseases of the digestive system and respiratory system, including tuberculosis.


The ironstone is a perennial plant of the family Labiatae, reaching 70-120 cm in height. Bushy on the stem oppositely located elongated oval leaves on short stalks. Their rough surface covered with small hairs that protect the grass from evaporation of moisture in zeynaloglu.

In June in the axils of upper leaves reveals the fragrant flowers are violet, collected in whorls. By the end of summer ripen the seeds are dark brown in colour, of four oblong nuts in the Cup.

Distinguish sopnic prickly and tuberous (a characteristic feature of the last round tubers on long root). These treatment, the tubers are edible. They are used in boiled and fried food.


Sopnic rich with nutrients to maintain health and treat diseases. In the composition of medicinal plants includes:

b vitamins and ascorbic acid;




saponins (in the nodules);


essential oils.

Therapeutic agents based on the ironstone

The healing properties have root and all aerial parts of the plant: seeds, stems, leaves, buds, flowers. For intake of herbs prepare infusions, decoctions and tinctures. Used externally to treat skin diseases by means of baths, lotions and compresses.

The plant has a diuretic effect, increases blood clotting, inhibits the growth of fungi, Trichomonas and bacteria, narrows blood vessels, strengthens the immune system and exerts tonic properties.

Medicinal decoctions and infusions are effective in the treatment of bronchitis and pneumonia, papillomatosis of the bladder, gastritis with reduced secretory function, gastric ulcer, anemia, hemorrhoids, liver disease, pancreas, heart and blood vessels.

Local procedures lotions relieve irritated skin, eliminate cracked heels, heal bacterial and fungal dermatitis, burns and non-healing wounds.

Old recipe for treatment of tuberculosis are in the villages and in our time.

Russian oven in the grass all night tantalized with water to form a thick consistency. Strain and drink as tea, pre-spreading means milk in a 1:1 ratio. Long reception has a beneficial effect on the course of tuberculosis, addresses the symptoms and speeds recovery.

The juice of fresh green plants are used for many centuries to combat skin pigmentation and acne.


Dry grass chop. 15 g (1 tbsp) pour 250 ml of boiling water. Cover tightly and after 4 hours of infusion to filter. Take half an hour before meals for 2 tablespoons up to 4 times during the day.

Decoctions of roots and seeds

The roots of grind. 1 tbsp of dry mass, pour 250 ml of boiling water and cook for 10 minutes on low heat. After cooling, filter and take 1 tbsp 3 times a day before meals.

1 tablespoon of seeds pour a glass of boiling water. To insist on a water bath for half an hour and cooled for 10 minutes. Drain. Take 30 ml (2 tbsp) 3 times a day before meals. Used in the treatment of urinary tract infections are caused by Trichomonas flora.

For lotions and compresses are used decoctions and infusions of ironstone.


One part herb to 5 parts of rubbing alcohol (70%). Insist in a dark place for 10-12 days. Take 35-40 drops up to 4 times daily.

The root powder

The dried root of zopnika ground into a powder, which is often used to prisypanija wounds and burns.


The grass has good tolerance and has no absolute contraindications. But people with increased blood clotting, prone to atonic constipation and high blood pressure dosage forms of ironstone should be taken with caution and only after medical consultation.

The collection and storage of

Collecting herbs is carried out during the flowering period in the morning and evening. For the procurement of suitable side branches of the plants. The collected ironstone spread outside under a canopy with a layer of 10 cm During drying invert periodically.

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