Of the northern forest berries, it is perhaps the most popular!

     Translated from Latin, its name means "vine from Phrigyan Mount Ida", where lived an ancient goddess of fertility Kibela.
     Cowberry can be eaten like fresh, soaked, cooked by steam, dried. This is a universal healer, it is rich in a wide variety of therapeutic substances act: choleretic, strengthens vessels, stimulating the work of the heart, antiseptic. Energy value of fresh berries is only some 40 kcal. But carotene content in cowberry more than in cranberry, lemon, pear, apples, grapes and blueberries. Cowberry also contains a lot of vitamin B2. It normalizes the work of the stomach and increases the overall tone of the organism.
     In folk medicine are valuable not only berries, but the leaves of the plant. Included in their composition tanning substances strengthen the wall of blood vessels and regulate mineral metabolism in the body, withdraw from the body some toxic substances (salt cobalt, lead).
     Of the red bilberry leaf cook extracts and broths. They are used to treat urolithiasis, inflammation of the kidneys and urinary bladder, as well as gout and rheumatism. Potion from the leaves need to drink to cleanse the body, to treat deposition of salts, arthritis, edema, cystitis. To take his cooking: 1 tablespoon of fresh leaves, 2 cups water, bring to a boil, keep on a small flame 5 minutes. Remove and filter.
     Cold cowberry water is good as a refreshing drink after a bath or abundant feast, as well as for cooling compresses.
A hot - as sudorific, antipiretic. It is used to make to paddle throat during a quinsy.

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