Flower Мourning is also known by names such as marshmallow, white mallow, octopus, moose, lady’s hand, wolf around, wild marsh, and others. All this diversity is due to the different species that occur in swampy stretches, along rivers, shrubs, as well as in almost every garden. You can not mistake the soft colors that shake like silk from the gentle breeze of the wind. Their shape is like white, yellow, pink or red, and the leaves are wide – oval or round. The plant is among the top suggestions for the yard by specialists, and gardeners quickly trust them, and sow it. And how it does not – the flower can give you not only beautiful colors, but it also has many healing properties. Most common is the marshmallow or the so-called “cucumber”.
History and application of the marshmallow in the past
The appearance of the flower dates back to Antiquity, and today it is grown in so many places – Great Britain, Southern and Western Europe, North America, West Asia. The history of the plant begins with the name given to it by the Greeks “Althaea officinalis”, which means “official healer”. In the past, Hippocrates began to use it to treat wounds, and subsequently found a place in the treatment of colds, an irritated throat and a severe cough, as well as irritation of the skin. The plant was made potions and was drunk.
So long ago, the marshmallow was used by gladiators and athletes – in physical exercise and joint pains. The method of treatment was proposed by the ancient Greek scientist Pliny. The knights have treated their wounds with a prescription, including the color of the marshmallow, which is boiled in water with honey. This magical remedy soothes pain and helps repair the damaged skin.
The amazement of the benefits is not over yet. This, seemingly insignificant plant, is “sealed” in the Bible. It is referred to as a plant used for food during famine. The poor in Syria have barely fed with him, but served to survive. For the Romans and the Egyptians, they had been present as a vegetable in their menu on almost every dish. During the Renaissance, the marshmallow is used mainly for stomach problems, cough, cold and toothache. The root was well cleaned and chewed by the babies to get their teeth to germinate. It is also used as incense produced by burning the plant. Already in the distant past, the marshmallow surprises with its ability to cure and reassure, which is not overlooked today.
The White marshmallow and its healing properties to this day
The chemical composition of the flower consists of many useful ingredients, including a large amount of slimy substance, vitamin C, essential oil, carotene, starch, asparagine, pectin, tannins, starch, fat and others. All of them are gathered in a creation of nature, possessing magical abilities for diuretic, anti-inflammatory and calming action. It is positive that the Garden Rouge serves as a treatment in the following areas:
- Problems with the digestive system – it acts soothing in diseases such as dysentery, colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, stomach inflammation. It generally affects the improvement of mild and more serious problems with digestion
- Weight problems – the plant is known for its diuretic action, helping to reduce weight and speed up metabolism. It is recommended for self-intake, but for better effect, follow diet and increase exercise
- Problems with the excretory system – the properties of the plant help with discomfort and pain in some diseases, including cystitis, sand in the urine, bleeding or inflammation of the kidneys. You can not rely on miracle and treatment only through the plant, but the relieving effect has been proven many times
- Occurrence of inflammatory processes – “dulls” pain in joint diseases and stretching of tendons. It helps to mitigate it and prevents the possibility of inflammation or at least for a more significant one
- Problems with the respiratory system – manifested as “salvation” in asthma, bronchitis, inflammation of the throat and others. It also helps in lighter phases such as rash, cold and expectoration. You will speed up the recovery process if you use the miraculous properties of the roots and sprigs of the Ruja
- Others – today the plant is used in many other directions. It also serves as vaginal rinses, gargles, skin irritations, insect stinging, boils or eye irritation, biting animals. Also in ear, head, muscles, toothache, etc. Nursing mothers make compresses of broken beans
The grand discovery, possessing the magical healing properties, dates back many years. It has been preserved until today. There are no side effects in the use of the plant, which justifies the widespread use in home and in the manufacture of medicines. It is important, however, that the ingestion of the Garden Rouge, in whatever form, takes place several hours before or after other medications, or alternative herbal treatments. This is necessary as a rule from a medical point of view because the plant has the ability to change the absorption of certain substances. The herb brings with it so many benefits, so you will only win if it is present in your self-healing
Internal intake – mix 1 tsp. rub with 500 ml of lukewarm water and some honey. The plant is soaked in the water for about two hours. The resulting beverage is sweetened with honey and taken one cup about 15 minutes before meals
For external action – also used as ointment, especially for skin inflammation. The plant is placed directly into the problem area, slightly warmed. You will instantly feel soothing and the possibility of inflammation will be minimized.
Growing the marshmallow
The ruzhata is considered a perennial herbaceous plant because it can successfully sow successfully, but the garden species are rather one year old. Kinds of “gentle creature” have a preference for a living environment, though they are not very demanding. They donate with colors mainly during summer and autumn, but there are also year-round exceptions. Under optimal conditions it can reach up to 2 m height, developing from one root to several stalks. Colors are faded with intense or colorful colors, depending on the type. They appear from the central stem. Place the Ruja in an “armchair” in which it develops to its full integrity. Ensure her the right place and soil and take care of her properly.
Location and temperature
Just as you keep in the interior and put each piece of furniture in the right place, you should also consider the occupation of the outside space. The yard must be much more precisely oriented to look like a good composition, taken by a vegetation that grows well. Note that Ruja is a warm-loving plant that loves the sun’s rays. This means you have to place it in a lighted area where it is directly lit. In the warmer months, you will not experience any difficulties with growing, but keep in mind that degrees should not fall below 10. This requires some extra care in the winter.
Rujata’s “bed” should be well prepared in advance. In order to develop normally, the flower requires good air permeability, well-drained and loose soil. Additional feeding is required. Use fertilizers to get the nutrients you need. Check out the specialized stores to get the most competent advice. You should also think about draining the excess water so that it does not rot out the beautiful vegetation before you see its first colors.
With watering you have to be very careful – he loves moderate amounts of water. The plant is rather drought resistant and supplies the required amount of water mainly through its strong root system from the lower layers of the soil. Of course, no matter how he loves the warm days, the most drought and heat, it requires more irrigation. The flower will give you clear indications of your needs if you watch it periodically. Do not leave the soil too dry, but not too moist. If there is heavy rainfall, do not water afterwards. Rather, you need to ensure drainage to avoid excessive water entering the soil.
Besides periodic watering, the flower has some additional requirements to extend its life. The care is to remove the blossoming colors and cut off the entire color when it blossoms. You need to think about the “winter sleep” of the plant. The root system is susceptible to frost, so remove the overhead before the coming cold. This will help to strengthen it. Then wait for the spring and feed the soil.
Propagated by seeds or cuttings, though by cuttings is a little more complicated. If you go straight to the garden, you can do it in April or early May – it must have passed the cold front. Seed the seeds almost to the surface – up to about 1 cm. You should also consider the distance between the plants – not less than 50-60 cm. Some varieties branched out quite a lot and so they will not experience developmental difficulties and disturb the aesthetics in the garden you. It is possible after the emergence to leave the plants in groups of colors or to thin them.
Pests and diseases
The rude attracts pests as a potential dish. Butterfly larvae, including the Devil Butterfly, are among the most common offenders. Uninvited guests are still goats, caterpillars, aphids, fleas. The flea attacks the leaves of the plant, leaving them in a form that looks like a pierced with a sprig. The rudder is mostly affected by rust. The manifestation of the disease in all species begins with the yellowing of the lower leaves. At the more advanced stage of the disease, dents appear.
On the leaves there are forms resembling unpleasant buds. It is possible to grow very fast and infect young leaves, healthy stems and colors. To deal with the pests and diseases of the Ruja, use insecticides on time. Preventive measures include mulching, air circulation, regular check-ups for symptoms, and more.