People appreciate lemongrass for its special healing properties, relieving many ailments. Nutrients are found in fruits, in stems, and in lemongrass leaves. But in traditional medicine the use of berries is more practiced. There is a simple explanation for this - the greatest concentration of nutrients is noted in the fruits of schisandra, it is easier to collect and harvest them for storage. It is important to understand what the benefits and harm of lemongrass berries for humans.
Chinese Schizandra (Shizandra) is a wild-growing woody liana with fiery-red clusters of berries, growing in the territory of Primorye, the Khabarovsk Territory, in China and in the south of Sakhalin. Currently cultivated varieties of this plant, which allowed him to spread almost throughout the territory of Russia.
What are the benefits of lemongrass
The special qualities of lemongrass have long been confirmed by the long-term practice of ordinary people and the research of scientists. Its vitamins, mineral salts, tannins and tonic substances, essential oils, sugars and other useful trace elements can have a positive effect on the human body. Lemongrass fruits have healing properties.
The valuable qualities of lemongrass berries are as follows:
- produce a tonic effect, improve working capacity, increase endurance, add strength;
- are powerful energetic;
- activate the nervous system;
- improve mood;
- remove depression;
- strengthen the protective functions of the body;
- help to cope with colds;
- contribute to the adaptation of the organism in critical conditions;
- useful for long-term mental and physical stress, with a sharp climate change;
- improve the quality of the blood;
- have a positive effect on the entire cardiovascular system;
- increase blood pressure;
- reduce blood sugar levels;
- increase visual acuity, improve the eyes;
- improve the functioning of internal organs and the gastrointestinal tract;
- normalize metabolism;
- relieve hangover;
- normalize sleep.
Lemongrass berries give benefits to the human body, but they are recommended to be used with caution, only for medicinal purposes. Fully feel the healing effect of the fruit can only be with regular use of small courses.
Indications for use
It is possible to use berries of Chinese Schizandra for prophylactic purposes, but there are a number of disorders in which the fruits of the plant will be especially useful:
- nervous disorders and depressive states;
- diseases of the respiratory organs;
- disruptions at the hormonal level;
- diseases of the digestive system;
The use of fruits of lemongrass in complex treatment with other drugs increases the chance of recovery for cancer patients, patients with hepatitis C and tuberculosis. Also, lemongrass extract is actively used in skin care. It is included in the tonic. Medicines based on fruits of lemongrass are not addictive.
What is harmful fruit
Lemongrass berries have the ability to activate many vital functions in the body. In some cases, this quality of the medicinal plant can lead to side effects, and sometimes even cause severe harm to human health. Usually this result is due to illiterate dosage. The glut of fruits of lemongrass can lead to the following conditions:
- nervous irritability, insomnia, depression;
- disruption of the digestive system, heartburn;
- a strong increase in blood pressure.
These symptoms quickly pass if the amount of fruit consumed is reduced or completely stopped.
Contraindications to the use of fruits of lemongrass
Despite the large number of useful properties in berries of lemongrass, there are also contraindications to their use:
- berry allergy;
- pregnancy and lactation;
- children up to 12 years;
- pathological diseases of internal organs.
In order not to cause serious harm to health, consultation with a doctor is necessary before starting to take fruits of lemongrass. The doctor will help to identify possible restrictions on the use of the fruits of the medicinal plant, as well as adjust the dosage.
When to pick berries lemongrass
Lemongrass perfectly cultivated in suburban areas. In favorable conditions, about 3 kg of fruits can be harvested from one bush. The berries ripen gradually, from September to October, so at the same time to collect the entire crop is impossible. But all the fruits must be removed before the first frost.
Fully ripened fruits of lemongrass are very delicate, they are easy to damage with a touch. To avoid this, the berries are not collected separately, and completely cut off the brush.
The collection should be carried out carefully so as not to damage the vines. Since the broken and damaged branches lose the ability to bear fruit, it is better to take scissors for cutting berry brushes.Important! It is not recommended to collect lemongrass berries in galvanized metal containers in order to avoid oxidation. For these purposes, wicker baskets, plastic boxes or enamelled buckets are better suited. If there is an opportunity, after cutting the brush with berries, it is better to spread it out on a spread tarp or burlap.
Picking fruits from wild lemongrass is not always safe. It should be produced only in an ecologically clean area, away from exhaust gases and factory emissions.
How to dry berries of lemongrass
After harvesting the berries must be processed within the first day to prevent their rotting. Lemongrass fruits do not store fresh for a long time, they quickly disappear. A simple and effective method of preservation of useful qualities is considered drying.
Brush cut gently laid out in the shade, without a direct hit by the sun for 2-3 days, a little dried. You can hang the fruit clusters separately for the same period for the drying process.
Then the berries are separated from the stem, tearing from the brushes. After that, they are dried in an electric fruit dryer or oven. Temperature condition should correspond to 50-60 ° С. Periodically, the berries must be stirred, not allowing them to stick together. The drying process in such conditions lasts about 7 hours. The dried fruits of lemongrass acquire a red-brown hue (as in the photo), have an unobtrusive peculiar smell and a sour-bitter spicy taste.
Bones in large quantities contain nutrients. Immediately before drying the seeds, the whole juice is squeezed out of the berries. It can be preserved and stored.
Seeds are separated from the skin and the remnants of the pulp, washing under running water. Then clean the seeds laid out on a cloth or paper, left to dry at room temperature. To speed up the process, the seeds are placed in the oven or electric drier for several hours. The temperature is kept in the region of 60-70 ° C, it is regularly stirred.
How to eat berries Schizandra
Dried fruits and seeds are actively used for the preparation of medicinal tinctures and decoctions, also often used in cooking. Despite the not very pleasant taste, it is useful to eat a small amount of fresh berries - they contain all the valuable substances.
How many lemongrass berries can be eaten per day
Lemongrass berries have a rather unusual taste, or rather a combination of flavors - from sweet-sour to bitter-salty (the skin, flesh and seeds have a different flavor). For preventive purposes, the fruit is recommended to be consumed fresh. In order not to harm health, it is enough to eat 2-6 pieces daily. This amount is quite enough to add body vitality, to avoid pathology, to remove depression and nervous disorders.
How to cook lemongrass berries
Lemongrass berries are very often used in cooking. At the same time, their medicinal properties do not disappear, and the prepared dishes add vital energy and heal the body. In industrial production lemongrass berries are added to some varieties of candy. Shizandra fruits and seeds are included in teas and tinctures. Cooked compotes and jams. There are many cooking recipes based on lemongrass berries.
How to brew lemongrass berries
Broth from the fruits of lemongrass - the easiest way to get the benefits of the plant. This drink can have a tonic and tonic effect.
- 1 tablespoon dried fruit;
- 200 ml of water.
- Boil the berries for 10 minutes in an enamel bowl.
- Insist day in a cool place, then strain.
- Add sugar if desired.
- Present decoction must be consumed during the day.
You can take the broth is not in its pure form, as part of black tea. It can be prepared as follows.
- 15 g of lemongrass berries;
- 1 liter of boiled water.
How to cook:
- Pour the berries with boiling water. Add black tea brew.
- Insist 5 minutes.
- Add sugar or honey.
To obtain the benefits and not harm from such beverages, the dosage should be strictly followed. Consumption of teas and teas is not recommended before bedtime, so that over-stimulation does not provoke insomnia.
How to make tincture of lemongrass berries
A good result for therapeutic purposes is the use of alcohol tincture of lemongrass. This tincture can be purchased at the pharmacy, but there are ways to prepare it yourself at home. The basis for the tincture will be 70% medical alcohol or vodka. Berries can be used both fresh and dried.
Tincture of lemongrass berries on vodka consists of the following components:
- 30 g dry berries of lemongrass;
- 0.5 liters of vodka.
- Chop the berries, pour in a dark container, fill with vodka, tightly close the lid.
- Remove to a dark place for 2 weeks.
- Strain tincture from impurities.
Eat 1 teaspoon three times a day before meals. The course of treatment is 14 days.
Tincture of lemongrass on alcohol:
- 100 g dry or fresh berries;
- 500 ml of alcohol 70%.
How to do:
- Pour berries with alcohol. Use a dark bottle. Cork stopper.
- Remove for 10 days in a cool dark place.
Before use, the tincture must be diluted with water at a consistency of 1: 1. Take 1 teaspoon before meals 3 times a day. The course of treatment is 10 days.Important! Homemade homemade tinctures can relieve headaches and dizziness, remove depressive and stressful conditions, and normalize the general condition of a person. In order to avoid harm from treatment, it is necessary to strictly observe the indicated doses.
Another tincture of lemongrass berries can be used as an external agent for diseases of the musculoskeletal system and rheumatism. The method of treatment is as follows. Sore spots smeared with tincture 2 times a day. Evening procedure is best done at bedtime. The course of treatment can last up to 1 month.
You can prepare a tasty and healthy tincture of vodka. This is how a tincture is prepared not for medicinal use:
- 1.5 cups fresh lemongrass berries;
- 1 cup of honey (you can use sugar);
- 0.5 liters of vodka.
- Ingredients mix in a jar.
- Remove to insist.
- Stir and shake once a week.
- Insist 2-3 months.
The finished tincture has a dark garnet color and a pleasant smell.
Lemongrass berries with honey
The beneficial properties of the fruit of lemongrass can be greatly enhanced by adding honey to them. It turns out an excellent delicacy, giving energy for the whole day. The composition stimulates the cardiovascular system.
- Chop fresh berries.
- Pour honey, insist 2 weeks.
Store in a refrigerator in a dark container. Drink by adding to tea at breakfast.
Tincture of lemongrass berries with the addition of honey also has a beneficial effect on the body. 1 cup of tincture requires 1 teaspoon of honey. Take 1 tablespoon three times a day before meals.
Lemongrass berries with sugar
This method is great for harvesting berries of lemongrass for the winter. Fresh fruits are washed, dried and covered with sugar in proportion: 1 part of berries to 2 parts of sugar. The resulting mixture is transferred to the banks and roll covers. In this state, the berries retain all the useful qualities until the next harvest. Store in a cool place.
The juice from the berries perfectly retains all the healing properties of lemongrass. It is prepared from fresh, but pre-laid 1-2 days of fruit. The spinning process is best done by hand in order to avoid crushing the seeds (this adds an unnecessary bitter taste to the juice). To the amount of juice added, add sugar, equal to its double volume. Sugar should be completely dissolved in the juice. The resulting solution is poured into dark bottles, roll covers.
Juice prepared in this way is stored in a cool dark place. Shelf life up to 3 years, while the juice does not sour and is not covered with mold. Berry juice is added to all kinds of teas, compotes, baked goods or consumed independently in small doses.
From freshly squeezed juice you can make a healthy delicacy - marmalade. Make it easy. For marmalade you need:
- 1 l of juice from the berries of lemongrass;
- 2.5-3 glasses of sugar;
- 3 tablespoons of pectin.
- In the heated juice add pectin, leave for half an hour to swell.
- In another bowl, boil sugar syrup and 150 g of juice.
- The swollen mixture with pectin is added to the syrup and boiled until thick.
- Hot marmalade is poured into prepared containers and left to solidify.
- Before use, for convenience, you can cut it into small pieces.
This therapeutic sweetness perfectly helps the body in the fight against colds in the cold season. Marmalade has a very pleasant taste and aroma.
Terms and conditions of storage
For the best preservation of the medicinal properties of lemongrass fruits, it is necessary to correctly observe the terms and conditions of storage.
Dried fruits and seeds should be stored in a cool dry place in fabric bags. Shelf life - 2 years.
Healing home tinctures can be stored for a long time without losing their qualities. For storage, choose a dark, tight-fitting container. Bottles with tincture to keep in a cool place.Comment! Water decoctions are not stored for a long time, a maximum of 1 day.
Honey poured berries are recommended to keep on the bottom shelf in the refrigerator in a dark glass container. Shelf life is long. But it is better to use before the next harvest.
Lemongrass berries with sugar, rolled into jars under the covers. Banks clean in a cool place. Shelf life - 1 year.
Juice of berries of lemongrass is stored for a long time. It is rolled up in banks under a cover and cleaned in a cool dark place. The shelf life of juice in this form - 3 years.
Jam and jam remain useful for 1-2 years. Store in a dark place, the temperature does not matter (in the refrigerator and at room temperature).
Marmalade is stored in the refrigerator. It is advisable to use in 1-2 months.
Having decided to take the fruit for medicinal purposes, it is worth remembering once again what is the benefit and harm of Schizandra berries. Before you start, you need to visit a doctor to identify contraindications. Strict adherence to dosage will help get rid of many problems without the appearance of a side effect.