We have written and talked quite a lot about the beneficial properties of amaranth, and you enjoyed reading about it. At the same time, some of you even decided to plant an amaranth on your summer cottage – some for beauty, and some for the healing qualities that are spoken about everywhere today.
However, in order for the work done not to be in vain, you need to get answers to the following questions:
- which parts of the plant should be used and for what: what will go to feed animals, and what – for gastronomic pleasures or as a medicine?
- How and when does amaranth need to be collected so as not to harm the plant or its beneficial properties?
- under what conditions can you store raw materials, if you do not live in the country, and in the apartment?
- How to preserve the beneficial qualities of a plant for a whole year and can it be achieved at all?
- Do you already know that amaranth is so unique that all the “products” of its vital activity can go: flowers, stems, leaves and seeds?
If you properly handle the “source”, you can indulge yourself with useful vitamins and minerals, not only in summer but also in winter – that is, all year round.
However, for this you need to arm yourself with patience, a notebook and important knowledge that you will note in it right now.
Let’s get started!
How and when should amaranth be collected?
To the question: “When does the time come to harvest?” Cannot be answered unequivocally. It all depends on what you are going to use the plant for. If we are talking about foliage for livestock feed, then it is better to collect it when amaranth is still actively blooming in the garden. You will be late for a couple of weeks – and the nutritional value of the feed will be lost.
If we talk about the value of amaranth as a food product, then it is necessary to pluck the leaves of the plant young, not more than 20 centimeters in length. Perezreli leaves – boldly give them to feed the animals, because this taste, as before, you will not feel.
Do not feel sorry for the plant, tearing off its leaves: after you collect them from amaranth, new, young, tasty ones will appear in the place of old leaves. Just remember that they need to be cut carefully, starting from the bottom. As for collecting amaranth stems, the situation is a little different: it is necessary to collect them when they are stretched in length by 20-25 centimeters. Do not allow the stems to ripen, because they will lose their delicate and refined taste, which can only be resurrected after a thorough heat treatment.
Amaranth seeds can be used both for cooking and for subsequent sowing. However, remember that the flowers planted next season may be slightly different from what you see in the garden now. So that the result is as close as possible to the desired one, cut off the panicles when the seeds begin to ripen and use only the largest plants for pursuing sowing.
Collected panicles must be placed in a well-ventilated area. In order to reach full maturity, they will need about a week – 10 days. Protect the seeds from rodents, who are always not averse to fortification with something tasty and, preferably, for nothing.
To collect the grains from ready-made brooms, it is enough to grind them between the palms, and to clean the seeds from the husk and dirt, you can use a sieve with small cells. Once the job is done, dry the kernels again, so as not to lose such an important quality as germination. With proper collection and storage, it will continue for 4-5 years.
How to store amaranth?
Amaranth assembled, what’s next? After all, they want to feast on them not only in summer, but also in winter! To do this, you can not only dry the plant, no and even freeze it until “better times.”
Drying amaranth: method 1. In order to dry the amaranth, you can cut the raw material, place it in a room with good ventilation and stir it periodically.
Drying amaranth: method 2. You can collect amaranth in small bunches and hang them from the ceiling. This will not only preserve the beneficial properties of the plant, but also fill your barn, house or cottage with a pleasant aroma. You can check whether it has reached the condition by rubbing the amaranth in your palm: if it crumbles, it means that it is already ready for use.
Amaranth freeze. If you want to freeze the amaranth, rinse the flowers with water and put them in the fridge – right in the freezer, after wrapping the flowers in the bag. This will preserve not only the appearance of the plant, but also its beneficial properties.
Marinade. If you do not want to freeze, pickle the amaranth: add water, salt and sugar and put it in the jar. Save amaranth in a dry form can be filled with salt. It is better to store the prepared raw materials in the dark room.
Amaranth oil and extract
As you know from our articles, with special love, humankind burns to amaranth seeds, from which an incredible oil is obtained for its healing properties! However, it is not at all necessary to buy a valuable product in the store – you can prepare the oil extract yourself.
It is perfect for those who suffer from diseases of the cardiovascular system, suffer from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, is emaciated with diabetes, wants to be cured from atherosclerosis or osteoporosis. After all, amaranth oil extract, prepared at home, is practically no different from industrial processing products, but costs much less!
How to prepare an oil extract?
In order to make an extract, it is necessary to take amaranth seeds and olive oil in proportions of 1: 2.
Option 1. Lightly fry the seeds of the plant in a frying pan with a thick bottom and, as soon as you feel the characteristic odor, remove them from the heat. After that, rub with a wooden pestle in a mortar (do not use a metal one), then mix in a glass cup with olive oil.
All is ready? Now you need to give the extract to infuse in a dark cool place for 1 month, shaking occasionally the future “nectar”. Once the product is infused, strain the extract and store it in the refrigerator.
oil-pulling-with-regard-to-dental-treatments-and-general-health-2303-1 Option 2. You can not fry amaranth seeds, and mix them with olive oil just like that. Only the proportions will be different – 1: 1. It is better to do this in a glass cup, as before, and store in a dark place not for a month, but for everything 1.5.
Otherwise, everything remains the same – periodically stir the contents of the jar and, as soon as the indicated time has passed, strain the extract and store it in the refrigerator.
Remember that oil extract is a product of a fine spiritual organization that does not like light and heat. Therefore, keep it in a dark place and with a tightly closed lid to avoid contact with air. The extract can be stored no more than a year, and it is worth taking ½ h. Spoons 15-20 minutes before breakfast.
Recipes of traditional medicine: decoction or tincture?
In addition to the oil extract of amaranth, you can prepare a lot of useful things: decoctions, infusions, fresh juice and other joys. Let’s find out how to do this.
Broth cooked in a steam bath: take 2 tbsp. spoons of dried leaves, roots or flowers of amaranth (crushed), pour all 2 cups of boiled water and put on a slow fire for 15 minutes, not more. After that, cool the broth, strain and boldly take ½ cup 30 minutes before eating.
Broth cold cooking: dry flowers or leaves need to be poured with cold water (in the ratio of 1:10), and then let it stand for 15-20 minutes. Strain the resulting broth and drink ½ cup half an hour before meals.
Medicinal infusion of leaves: take 20 grams of amaranth leaves fresh, not frozen, chop them finely and fill with a glass of boiling water. Put the dishes in a water bath for 30 minutes, then cool, strain and take 1/3 cup just before eating.
Therapeutic infusion for the bath: take 400 grams of amaranth flowers, fill them with 2 liters of boiling water and put on the fire with the lid closed for 15 minutes. Cool the infusion, and then pour it into a full bath and take it for 30 minutes.
How to use amaranth to treat diseases?
For kidney disease: take 15 grams. dry ground amaranth, fill them with 700 gr. boiling water and let it stand for 20 5724a6b6eeb27-gifminut. Strain the resulting product and take 50 gr. before meals twice a day. The taste is not very pleasant, rather sweet-sugary, and therefore you can safely add a little lemon to the infusion. The course of treatment is 2 weeks, after which it is necessary to take a break for 7 days and repeat the therapy.
For the prevention of colds: take 50 grams. amaranth leaves or stems, pour all 200 gr. vodka. To infusion turned out healing, you must wait a week until it will be infused in a dark place. Do not forget to shake it daily, and when the specified period passes, add 10 drops to any drinks or water three times a day.
For stomach pains: take 1 tablespoon of crushed (fresh) leaves of the plant, pour all 200 grams. boiling water, let it brew for 30 minutes, strain and take 1/4 cup before meals 3 times a day.
For inflammation of the genitourinary system: take 3 tablespoons of crushed leaves, pour them with 1 liter of boiling water and leave for 6 hours. Take the resulting composition of 200 grams. once a day before bedtime.
To rejuvenate the body: in equal proportions, mix amaranth, St. John’s wort, chamomile and birch buds – so that you get 2 tablespoons of raw materials, and fill them with 500 ml. boiling water. After all this is infused for 3 hours, strain and drink 1 glass in the morning and evening.
As you understand, it is not possible to describe all the ways of using amaranth in one article, since this plant is truly unique and has no analogues in the whole world.
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