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How and where to dry and store medicinal plants?
How and where to dry and store medicinal plants?

Drying is a method of preserving plants by optimal dehydration. Methods of drying medicinal plant materials are divided into two groups: drying with natural heat, without artificial impact (air-shade, solar) and artificial heating (thermal). Solar drying, i.e. which is carried out using the heat of the sun’s rays, is the simplest, most economical and affordable…

December 25, 2021
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When and how to collect medicinal plants?
When and how to collect medicinal plants?

The good quality of medicinal plant materials mainly depends on compliance with the terms of harvesting, optimal collection technique and drying conditions. Medicinal plants are harvested during the growing season, when they accumulate the maximum amount of active principles. It is experimentally proven that in the aboveground parts of the plant the content of biologically…

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Which of the domestic herbs have an antiviral effect on coronavirus infection?
Which of the domestic herbs have an antiviral effect on coronavirus infection?

Rather limited number of plants for which scientists have established antiviral action against various types of coronaviruses are available in Ukraine. Phytomedicines based on Echinacea, which is traditionally used to strengthen the immune system, deserve for special attention in this context. Echinacea purpurea (coneflower) based preparation is licensed in Switzerland and some other countries as…

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Is there a good substitute for daily consumption of overseas tea?
Is there a good substitute for daily consumption of overseas tea?

From time immemorial, the leaves of Fireweed (Chamaenerion / Epilobium angustifolium) were used as a substitute for tea (Koporsky / Ivan tea). For  preparation one can  use herb or only leaves, which are harvested during the flowering period of the plant. For a long time, folk medicine has used Fireweed for  the treatment of peptic…

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The principle of regionality in herbal medicine: why local herbs are better?
The principle of regionality in herbal medicine: why local herbs are better?

There is a correspondence between biochemical processes in the human body and the environment. There is no doubt that a certain type of plant grown in different parts of the world will differ in the composition of the active compounds and the manifestation of activity. The highest affinity with a human body  have the plants…

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Should herbal remedies be taken before or after meals?
Should herbal remedies be taken before or after meals?

The effectiveness of herbal remedies depends on the time of their use. The vast majority of herbal teas are taken 15-30 minutes before meals: for children – 15 min, adults – 20-25 min, the elderly – 25-30 min. Exceptions comprise emmolient, expectorant and bronchodilators; as well those that affect blood pressure and central nervous system…

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Dosage of herbal teas for children: how to calculate the volume of infusion or decoction depending on age?
Dosage of herbal teas for children: how to calculate the volume of infusion or decoction depending on age?

Infusions or decoctions of medicinal plants or mixtures should be prepared at the rate of 1 tablespoon of the mixture per 0.5 liters of boiling water. Dosages for children per reception are: From 1 to 2 years – 3-5 ml (up to a teaspoon) From 2 to 3 years – 10 ml (2 teaspoons or…

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What is the optimal duration of herbal medicine / phytotherapy course?
What is the optimal duration of herbal medicine / phytotherapy course?

According to the general principles of phytotherapy, continuous administration of any one herbal remedy lasting more than 3-4 weeks, with some exceptions, is undesirable. The specified period is sufficient for the course. After a break (at least 1 week), one can repeat the course, followed by additional preventive or anti-relapse courses 1-2 times a year…

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