Forsythias growing in our gardens not only look wonderful, but also have a number of healing properties!
First flowers, then leaves
Forsythia is a shrub that announces the arrival of spring. Plenty of tiny yellow flowers remain on the branches throughout March and April. Interestingly, they appear there before leaves do. The plant originally comes from Asia and belongs to the olive family Oleaceae. Its flowers are edible and the plant has got positive properties valuable both in terms of health and beauty.
Forsythia is a good source of vitamin C and rutin. Its content is estimated at 1%, which is very rare in the world of plants.
The list of forsythia features include:
• strengthening blood vessels, especially recommended for people with varicose veins,
• boosting treatment of infections and colds,
• anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties,
• lowering the level of glucose in blood,
• diuretic, spasmolytic and relaxing properties,
• stimulates gastric juice release.
The plant is a great ally of our skin as it is capable of:
• neutralizing negative impact of free radicals.
• slowing down the aging process
• strengthening the collagen fibers
How should forsythia be consumed?
Its yellow flowers can be eaten as an ingredient of salads or sandwiches. It is important to pick the flowers from plants growing far from streets, roads and other potentially polluted places.
Sprinkle some alcohol on fresh or dried flowers (a bunch is enough) and pour two glasses of water into a pot to stew them. Leave them covered for about 40 minutes. Such stew can be drunk and it also can be used as a skin tonic. You can also use to rinse your eyes if you suffer from ophthalmia.
Pour half a liter of vodka into a bottle or jar filled with 100 grams of flowers. Leave the mixture in a dark place for two weeks (remember to shake it every day). Then filter the liqueur. To augment your immune system drink 10 ml every day.
How to dry the flowers?
Collect the flowers on a sunny day (they can’t be wet). The best time to do it is in the morning. This is when the amount of the valuable substances is the biggest. Dry the flowers in a dark and airy place. The same rule applies to storage. Dry flowers should be kept away from sunshine.