In the period of winter cold and in the midst of epidemics of ARVI, medicinal extracts and liquid balms are one of the best forms of prevention. They are non-toxic, unlike some prophylactic medications, and are relatively inexpensive. Balms, in contrast to the infusion, have another advantage: they are pleasant to the taste.
There are two varieties of amaranth balms – alcohol and without the use of alcohol. Balsams prepared with the use of alcohol-containing substances can be stored longer, they are harvested maslo-amarantovoe usually in summer or autumn, they retain their properties for several months, and some even for several years. Amaranth balms, prepared without the use of alcohol, which will be discussed today, are less stable. Some of them are stored for several weeks, but the vast majority is desirable to consume within two to four days after preparation.
The inconvenience of making alcohol-free amaranth balms at home is that they are multi-component and you can spend a lot of time searching for all the ingredients in the winter. Alcohol wins in this regard, because in the summer and autumn, during their harvesting, you can harvest some of the herbs yourself.
However, amaranth balms not based on alcohol have an undeniable advantage: they can be safely given to children and people with hypersensitivity to alcohol. In addition, they, in contrast to the alcohol balms, can be used in almost unlimited quantities.
It is especially important to ensure that all components of the amaranth balm are taken from a reliable source. Therefore, if you first decided to prepare this tool and all herbs are going to buy, then pay attention to the suppliers.
Amaranth flowers and leaves are best bought from manufacturers who specialize in products from amaranth, or at least on medicinal raw materials. Do not buy amaranth from sellers whose product range is too large and does not focus on a particular type of product. Under such conditions, it is highly likely that herbs were collected and stored improperly under unacceptable conditions. We offer to pay attention to the products on our website. For a long time we have been studying the properties of amaranth and we guarantee that the products of amaranth purchased from us are collected and processed in 230276 environmentally friendly zones using technology that preserves the healing properties of this plant.
Rare ingredients are best ordered directly from suppliers who work in those geographic areas where the desired plant grows. So you can be relatively sure that the seller will take care of the conditions of shipment. Some of the infrequent, but known for their beneficial properties ingredients can be bought in pharmacies or in stores with organizations that specialize in treatment with the help of traditional medicine.
Plants that are often found directly in your area, in the winter, too, it is better not to buy from the first person. Unfortunately, there are cases when grass collectors are guided by quantity, not quality, and therefore they collect plants in ecologically unacceptable places (not far from roads, in wastelands near industrial enterprises or everywhere in ecologically unsafe regions).
Recommendation. If there are no proven vendors, try to buy raw materials from people who live in regions with good ecology.
It is best, of course, to think about harvesting herbs in the spring and collect them at the appropriate time on your own.
Preparation of alcohol-free amaranth balsams
The principle of preparation of amaranth balms is not on alcohol similar to the principle of preparation of the infusion. The difference is that in the infusions one ingredient is used and the rate of return of its beneficial properties to water does not affect anything: it is enough to ensure the right conditions and leave the ingredient at the right time – and the infusion will actually prepare itself. Balms consist of a large number of components, and the time of insistence of each of them may differ significantly from the time of insistence of the other. For example, if the majority of herbs are infused for up to three hours, then the roots of some plants may need up to half a day. Therefore, in order for the to connect all the components on time, you need to start one of them in six hours, the other in four, the third in three or two hours.
The second feature: the main component (or components – there may be up to three) must be organically combined with additional ones. “Additional” are called so not without reason: they must complement the main components, strengthen their healing qualities and not “interrupt” – neither in strength nor in properties.
It is possible to determine which herbs can supplement the main element, on the basis of which the balm is made, by analyzing the properties of this main element. So, for example, herbs capable of absorbing action are added to hemlock-based balms (the balm is used to prevent the appearance of neoplasms, benign and malignant), and tansy-based balms are added to plants useful for the gastrointestinal tract (after which the balm is used to treat gastritis, prevention of gastric ulcers, etc.).
Amaranth has a number of healing properties: it has anti-inflammatory effect, slight antimicrobial, healing (restoring), immunostimulating and soothing. Depending on these properties and selected additional herbs and other ingredients for the preparation of balm based on it.
Below, we present several recipes for amaranth alcohol-free balsams, each of which has an immunostimulating effect and has a number of individual properties (we also mention them).
Recipes alcohol-free amaranth balms
Wellness amaranth balm
The most famous and versatile among others. It supports the immune system, is a good prevention of inflammatory diseases of almost all internal organs, relieves minor inflammations, is considered the best both for acute respiratory viral diseases and for their prevention.
- amaranth (you can take both leaves and flowers) – 4 tablespoons;
- St. John’s wort – 1 tablespoon;
- oregano – 1 tablespoon;
- Chamomile – 1 tablespoon;
- licorice root – 1 dessert spoon (meaning finely chopped root);
- yarrow – 1 tablespoon;
- Calendula – 1 dessert spoon;
- raspberry leaves – 2 tablespoons;
- black currant leaves – 2 tablespoons;
- 3 liters of water.
All raw materials are thoroughly crushed. Herbs can be powdered in a mortar, licorice root – finely chopped.
Licorice should be filled with water at 80-degree temperature separately and leave to infuse for 7 hours. Amaranth, St. John’s wort, chamomile, yarrow and calendula are poured together and left to infuse for 3 hours in closed dark container. Separately, you need to brew the leaves of raspberry and currant (as usual tea). Oregano is also insisted separately: it is enough to leave it in hot water for 1 hour. Water should be distributed in such a way that the 3 liters covered all the ingredients without residue, but in addition to fill it did not have anywhere.
After all the components are set up individually, they must be mixed in one pan (both liquid and raw materials), heated to a temperature of 60-70 degrees and left under the lid until cooled. Then the balm is squeezed through a double layer of gauze (or a very dense single gauze).
Consume preferably within two days. Such a balm is stored in the fridge for about a week, but every day it loses its beneficial properties.
To improve the taste, it is recommended to add blackcurrant jam or jam syrup.
Prophylactic Amaranth Balsam
It is also used for the prevention of acute respiratory viral infections, is shown to people who periodically “tickle” in the throat, there is a causeless cough and coughing, a hoarse voice and other problems with the throat and ligaments are observed. For example, this balm can be used to recover from ligament surgery, after removal of the glands.
- amaranth – 4 tablespoons;
- sage – 2 tablespoons;
- Melissa – 1 dessert spoon;
- Chamomile – 1 tablespoon;
- oregano – 2 tablespoons;
- licorice root – 1 dessert spoon;
- moss – 3 tablespoons;
- 2.5 liters of water.
It is assumed that all raw materials are thoroughly crushed (licorice root is chopped with a knife, the remaining 649 ingredients are ground with a mortar). The leaves (and flowers, if any) of amaranth, licorice root and moss must be infused – each separately. Amaranth infusion time – 2.5-3 hours, licorice root – 6-7 hours, lichen – 4-4.5 hours. All other herbs can be infused together, the time of infusion is 1.5-2 hours. The temperature of the water, which poured the ingredients should not exceed 80-85 degrees.
Then the raw materials and the liquid, as in the previous recipe, are mixed, heated to a temperature of 60 degrees. You can consume immediately, as soon as the temperature drops to the appropriate. Before use, the raw material is squeezed through gauze. To improve the taste is recommended to add honey.
Lavender-amaranth soothing balm
It is recommended as a prophylactic against SARS, as well as for the reception in the evening people who have problems with the nervous system, with sleep. Suitable for those who are in the process of restructuring the regime of the day. Also good for people who have experienced physical or emotional stress. In the latter case, the recommended use of 400 ml per day.
- lavender – 3 tablespoons;
- amaranth (leaves only) – 3 tablespoons;
- mint – 1 tablespoon;
- Lemon balm – 1 tablespoon;
- motherwort – 1 tablespoon;
- 2.5 liters of water.
t is necessary to carefully grind in a mortar all herbs. All ingredients need to insist separately. Amaranth and lavender insist for 2 hours, mint, lemon balm and motherwort for half an hour. After spinning, the last three ingredients can be added to tea: they will retain some of their properties and will still be suitable for use. However, they should be used on the same day when they were insisted, preferably not later than 4 hours after the spin cycle.
Pressing raw materials also need to be separately. After that, the resulting infusions are mixed in one container and heated to a temperature of 50-60 degrees. In the process of heating the liquid, it is desirable to slowly mix.
Adding sugar, syrups or other sweet foods is not recommended. In a pinch, you can add some honey.
Note! This balm should be carefully given to children and people with cardiovascular diseases. If you are not sure about the result or have not consulted a doctor, dilute the balm with warm water in a 1: 2 ratio.
Revitalizing Amaranth Balsam
This balm has a complex effect: it supports the immune system, has a beneficial effect on the nervous system, the gastrointestinal tract, maintains a general tone, and is used as a prophylactic against colds and flu. It is recommended to use in the morning or afternoon, preferably after some time (half an hour) after meals. Known as one of the most fragrant amaranth-based beverages.
- amaranth (both leaves and flowers) – 4 tablespoons;
- Ivan-tea (leaves and flowers) – 4 tablespoons;
- Adonis – 3 tablespoons;
- thyme – 1 tablespoon;
- St. John’s wort – 1 tablespoon;
- cloves – 1 teaspoon without top;
- 3 liters of water.
All ingredients must be crushed. Thyme and St. John’s wort can be infused together for 2 hours. All other components, with the exception of cloves, are infused in separate containers. Amaranth should infuse for about 2 hours; Ivan-tea – 40 minutes; Adonis – 2.5-3 hours. Then all the components (together with the raw material) need to be mixed in one container, heated to 60-70 degrees, add a clove, cover with a lid and leave for another 3 hours. After this time, press.
Store no more than four days in the refrigerator. It is recommended to consume in the form of heat with the addition of any berry juice.
Rate of use of amaranth balsams
In fact, there are no specific norms for using alcohol-free amaranth balsams. If the use of balms on alcohol is limited to a certain daily ration, which increases or decreases in accordance with the risk of being infected with a particular disease, then the balms are not based on alcohol and have no upper threshold. Fans of this kind of drinks in advance make more concentrated balms, dilute them with boiling water and drink instead of tea in the morning, afternoon and evening.
Note! It does not make sense to use water-diluted balms with initially low concentrations, since the nutrients will be absorbed in the stomach much worse. In the process of preparing the balm, you need to think in advance about the form in which it will be used, and calculate the proportions, based on the amount of fluid that enters the body with beneficial substances in the end. Please note that the recipes indicate the optimal amount of water that does not imply further dilution and the addition of other liquids.
Minimum in the cold season, as well as in the offseason, when the body suffers as a result of sudden damage of temperature and weather conditions, 100-150 ml of balsam per day is considered. The optimal dose is about 250-300 ml per day and is designed for two doses of balm (preferably at different times of the day – in the morning and in the evening). During epidemics, during periods of decline in immunity (during physical and emotional stress, restructuring of the day, when you feel unwell), as well as in the darkest months of the year, it is recommended to increase the rate of use of amaranth balms to 400 ml per day. Note that there are quite a few lovers of drinking balms in quantities of more than 500 ml per day. No negative effects on the body were found.
Some “technical” information
Herbal medicinal balms are recommended to drink in a warm form: the digestibility of useful substances in this case increases markedly, as the speed of chemical processes increases. The heating temperature can be different: some prefer weakly warm liquids, and some make a full hot drink. It is worth remembering that the higher the temperature of the liquid, the higher the activity of chemical processes and, as a consequence, the rate of “interaction” of substances in the balm with the body.
However, there is a downside: when too high a temperature, some of the nutrients are destroyed.
Therefore, if you adopt the method of diluting concentrated balsam with boiling water, remember that “boiling water” in this case is rather a symbol that implies just hot water. Ideally, its temperature should not be above 70 degrees: so the effect of heat on the properties of the balm will be almost imperceptible. 80-90 degrees are considered acceptable, but undesirable temperature, as in such conditions begins the destruction of some of the beneficial elements contained in the balm. Water above 90 degrees and the more so with this boiling water balms can not be diluted: they will lose many healing properties.
The same applies to the heating of the balm before use: above 70 degrees, the liquid does not need to be heated. By the way, traditional medicine practitioners generally say that the “threshold” of heating of any multicomponent balms, tinctures and medicines with similar properties is 60 degrees, not 70.
It is recommended to warm up amaranth balms (as well as other herbal infusions) in an enamel pot. Make sure that there are no cracks and chips.
And also do not forget that any food and drink is best absorbed in an empty stomach, or at least not too full. Therefore, it is better to drink amaranth balms some time after breakfast or dinner, and certainly you should not drink a hearty lunch with them.
Be healthy – with amaranth!