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Common heather Is an evergreen shrub with a powerful rhizome and slender stem. Leaves - opposite, small, linear-lanceolate, trihedral. Fetus Is a leathery box with small seeds. Inflorescence - multicolor, one-sided, in the form of a brush. Flowers - small, bell-shaped, purple, lilac, cream, white. Common heather blooms in July, August, September, fruits appear in September, October. The plant has astringent or bitter taste and strong honey odor... Common heather is propagated by dividing bushes or cuttings.
Heather is medicinal plant... It contains phenols, phenol carboxylic acids, glycosides, coumarins, catechins, flavonoids, leukoanthocyanidins, protoanthocyanidins, citric and fumaric acids, tannins, saponins, alkaloids, gum, starch, and resin. Flowers contain vitamins, steroids, trace elements, pigments.
Products containing heather have hypnotic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, diaphoretic, hemostatic, antibacterial, expectorant, astringent, wound healing actions. In addition, the plant has a moderate hypothermic and hypotensive effect, affects blood clotting.
The use of heather is common in traditional medicine and homeopathy. Common heather is used as tinctures, lotions, teas, decoctions, compresses, infusions, baths... Also use juice for rinsing.