First of all you should know when to collect fireweed. The collection time depends on the region. For example, in the southern part of Russia the mass flowering of this plant occurs in late June or early July; in the North – in the 20s of July.
Tea will suit you leaves. If you want to prepare kipany honey, you need flowers. In any case, it is not necessary to pull out fireweed with root, better cut the stem in the middle so you keep the root system and next year will be able to come to the edge of the forest and to gather medicinal plants.
You ask, where grows the willow-herb? To answer this question, you should know that he loves the sun, so it grows in open Sunny areas, edges. Ivan tea blossoms, it can grow on vacant places formed after a fire and the felling of the forest zone. Here near the water plant not to look, as it absolutely does not tolerate wet soil and air.
There are several varieties of the willow. For example, forest willow to use is not necessary, as its application may adversely affect human health. But how to distinguish? Yes, elementary. Just look at the appearance of the plant. Ivan-tea is a relatively high plant-from 70 cm to 200 cm, while the fireweed reaches only 15 cm.
Suppose you have collected the leaves of fireweed. What's next? Now you must do the leaves are limp, place them in a dry place, that is to lay a newspaper and tip them. Try to avoid drying out the plants.
Then roll up the sheets into tubes, put in an enamel pan with a layer of 5 cm, cover with a slightly damp cloth and store overnight in a warm place.
In the morning remove Mature willow-herb and finely chop. Vysypite plant on a baking sheet and within the hour, dry in the oven at low temperature. Welding for tea ready.
Advice 2: How to make Ivan tea
The healing properties of willow-herb has long been known in folk medicine. It can be used to treat inflammatory and hematological diseases, diseases of internal organs and the nervous system.
Fireweed is a tall grass with large lilac-purple flowers, growing along ditches and roads, on slopes and forest clearings. It has a lot of valuable macro - and microelements Nickel, copper, manganese, iron, boron and titanium. All this allows to use the plant as a stimulant of hematopoiesis, and immune-modulating means. In addition, the drink of fireweed quickly cope with a headache, sleepiness, and has beneficial effects on the intestine and other internal organs.
To prepare the drink it is better to use pre-purified or natural water. Ivan-tea is the only plant from 10 grams of which can cook up to 30 cups of healing drink.Boil 600 ml of water.
Two teaspoons of pre-chopped herbs pour just boiled water. Cover the container with a lid and allow the liquid to infuse. After 10-15 minutes, stir the finished drink.
The plant contains many essential oils and therefore brewed tea does not spoil in a week. However, it is better to use it freshly prepared, as its beneficial effect in this case will be more pronounced.
You can brew Ivan-tea is another method. Fresh leaves of the young plants put in an enamel dish so that they cover the bottom 3-5 cm. Fill with warm water up to the level of 10 cm the minimum Turn on gas and slowly heat the liquid. Remove the drink from the stove and let steep for at least 10 minutes. After this time the tea is ready to drink.
It is advisable not to mix this tea with other herbs or berries. If you don't like the specific taste of the drink, drink it with honey or jam.
To date, no contraindications have fireweed is not revealed, so drink from this plant can be used not only as a healing agent, but also to quench your thirst.