At the end of the twentieth century, the Siberian healers paid attention to the medicinal properties of Indian onions or the Ornithógalum bird. Since then, it has gained widespread popularity. Several species of bulbous plants are threatened with destruction. Therefore, they were listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation.
The ornamental plant has a stem in the form of a bulb located above the top layer of soil. The leaves are long, flat as they grow, change their position, fall down, twisting at the ends. The color is dark green with a yellow stripe in the center. The biennial produces an arrow framed by small white or creamy inflorescences.
Indian onions are grown in greenhouses or in residential areas. Does not require increased attention. Comfortably feels on the north windows and in the back of the room. Watering moderate as the topsoil dries. For the summer, the poultry bird is taken out into the open air or transplanted into the ground. In the winter return to the room.
Ingredients of Indian Onions
In traditional medicine, Ornithogalum has not found use, it is not in the reference books of medicinal herbs. For folk healers, biologically active substances are valuable, composed of leaves and seeds:
- essential oil;
- acids of organic origin;
- type of glycosides;
- alkaloid group( colchicine, thiocolchicine, colchicoside).
Medical value of the plant, the presence of alkaloids in the composition. But they are not enough to interest the pharmacological industry in Indian onions as raw materials.
Useful and healing properties of
Traditional medicine uses an ornamental plant, as a component of ointments, tinctures on water and alcohol base, for external use. Ornithógalum juice contains an antibiotic, it has an antiseptic and antibacterial effect. It has an analgesic effect. Active substances, penetrating through the epidermis, relieve inflammation and relieve pain. Applied:
- For hematomas and fractures.
- For rheumatic joint pain( polyarthritis, arthritis).
- To accelerate the regeneration of damaged tissues.
- As an antibacterial agent in inflammatory processes.
- In the complex treatment of radiculitis and osteochondrosis.
- For relieving itching and redness in the area affected by insects.
- With varicose veins and neoplasms associated with HPV( papillomas, warts), foot fungus.
Alkaloids relieve puffiness, prevent the formation of malignant tumors. When applied to the skin, expanding the walls of capillaries, help to improve blood flow to the problem area.
When cutting leaves, Indian onions will not suffer, and there will be enough raw materials for dosage forms( ointment, tincture).
Contraindications for the application of
Apply products based on Ornitogalum, taking into account that onions are toxic, it is necessary with caution. In some cases, treatment is not acceptable. These include:
- bleeding gums, the tool will worsen their condition;
- hemophilia, excessive blood flow will affect the walls of blood vessels;
- pregnancy and lactation;
To test the body's tolerance for alkaloids, it is necessary to apply the plant sap on the inside of the elbow bend. After two hours, check the test result. If the surface of the skin is not changed, the result is negative. In the case of:
Use Indian onions as medicine is not permissible.
With long-term use of plant-based remedies, colchicine, penetrating through the skin, can cause a decrease in leukocytes( leukopenia).The course should not exceed 30 days.
After using ointments or tinctures, hands should be washed thoroughly with soap. If the components of the plant come into contact with the conjunctiva( mucous membrane of the eye), rinse with water.
The use of onions in traditional medicine at home
Thanks to the healing elements, the traditional healers use all the parts of the ornamental plant as part of the Birdworm .If an onion is needed for cooking, the plant will die. Apply for treatment not only means, but also pure juice.
Effectively recommended Indian onions for the treatment of bruises and hematomas. Influencing peripheral vessels, improves the metabolic process between the blood and damaged tissues. Removes swelling and characteristic pigmentation.
For an analgesic effect, Ornithohalum is used in complex therapy for stretching muscles or ligaments. Cures pain syndrome of neuralgic nature( sciatica), with the deposition of salts( osteochondrosis, polyarthritis).
To prepare a medicine from Indian onions, is taken as an “adult” plant. The optimal concentration of active substances is achieved in 2 years. In the manufacture of tinctures, it is desirable to consider that colchicine is poorly soluble in alcohol. Therefore, the tool is water-based, will be many times more toxic.
Do not use metal objects when working with Birdcrest. Take care of rubber gloves. If household appliances( mixer, blender, meat grinder) were used, it is recommended to treat it with a disinfectant and wash it with hot water.
compress Leaves are crushed to form gruel. It is used for compresses on the back or joints with radiculitis and rheumatism. The procedure will help get rid of the pain. In order to avoid a chemical burn, the substance is applied on a gauze napkin, then put on the problem area.
The following method is also suitable for a compress. The juice is squeezed out of the crushed leaves, stored in a glass container for 4 days. Used as an application or compress for neuralgic diseases and salt deposition.
For preparation, you will need a sheet of Indian onion 15-25 centimeters long. It is crushed, placed in a thermos and poured boiling water( 1 liter).Allow to infuse within 2 hours.
On the basis of alcohol is prepared as follows:
- bulb with an arrow or leaves is crushed;
- is poured into a plastic or glass container with a liter of ethanol;
- is kept at a moderate temperature for 21 days.
On the basis of kerosene effectively acts with radiculitis. Ingredients:
- plant leaves( a total of 45-50 centimeters long);
- 200 grams of pure kerosene;
- 250 grams of oil( sunflower, olive, mustard).
It is placed in a glass jar, hermetically sealed, infused at a temperature of 25 degrees for 2 weeks. Periodically the contents are shaken.
Used ointments for the treatment of joint pathologies and wound healing with purulent education. The basis will be animal fat from sheep wool( lanolin), it will need 45 ml. Added 2.5 tablespoons of honey and gruel from the leaf of a plant.
The following ointment recipe is needed:
- 2 egg yolk;
- 3 tablespoons sea buckthorn oil;
- piece of beeswax, 5: 2 centimeters in size;
- 1 tablespoon of kerosene;
- 2 spoons of plant juice.
Observe the cooking sequence. In boiling oil, wax dissolves. After the composition has cooled, added kerosene, Indian onion juice, and finally the yolks. After stirring, the mass is ready for use.
Ornitogalum decoctions, used less frequently, they are not as effective .Prepare on low heat for 25-30 minutes( 1.5 liters of water, sheet 25 centimeters).When it cools, you can apply.
As well as any folk remedy, medicine made from Umbrellabird is recommended to be used in combination with traditional therapy, after consulting a doctor. Given that the juice contains toxic substances in room conditions, flower pots should be placed out of the reach of children and pets.