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Store health and beauty: we dry summer harvesting

Summer brings us an abundance of fruit, berries and flowers. This wonderful gifts of nature want to enjoy all year round. And here there is nothing impossible. The main thing in advance to make blanks for health and beauty.

Bouquets of summer

You must admit that there is no greater pleasure in winter than warming a cup of herbal tea in the palm of your hand, fragrant with summer aromas. In addition, all these wonderful herbs and flowers can be used for beauty masks, creams and hair decoctions. Therefore, mastering the art of harvesting herbs will be useful.

Collect them in a dry clear weather, when dew is completely gone. The most important rule - do not pull all cleaned. After all, plants need the strength to recover. Carefully cut with a knife or scissors just fully open the leaves, only slightly prihvatyvaya petioles. When you want to plant flowers, collect them during flowering when the buds have blossomed in all its glory. Only in this way blanks of flowers for the winter will keep a maximum of useful properties. And do not forget to leave some flowers with seeds for future seasons.

When all the herbs are harvested, they must be properly dried. This should be done in a well-ventilated darkened area. The workpieces should dry out properly, but in no case should they rot, let alone burn out in the sun. Plants with essential oils such as thyme or oregano will be good at 30–35 ° C. Herbs without oils can be dried in an oven or dryer at 50-60 ° C. The blanks themselves are stored in linen or paper bags separately. Aromatic herbs can be placed in glass or ceramic jars with sealed lids. Be sure to attach labels with the name and date of collection. Summer herbal teas are stored for no longer than two years.

Home first aid kit

Thyme warms well in cold weather, improves mental processes and has beneficial effects on blood vessels

Harvesting herbs for the winter is a storehouse of vitamins and medicines for all occasions. Thyme excellently warms in the cold, improves thought processes and has a beneficial effect on blood vessels. The tart infusion of St. John's wort helps to cope with rheumatism and blues, and at the same time heals a sick liver. Essential oils of oregano are useful for colds: they soften the pain in the throat and relieve cough. A cup of tea with melissa will soothe the nervous nerves and give a strong, serene sleep. Do you suffer from frequent headaches and leaping pressure? Prepare a decoction of dried mint leaves or add it to regular tea. And mint improves digestion and leads the body to tone. Procurement and drying of chamomile flowers will provide you with medicinal raw materials from a variety of diseases. Decoction of it is effective for spasms of the stomach, ulcers and gastritis, kidney stones, hypertension, flu, inflammation of the gums. Boldly add it to any home-made cosmetics.

In addition to the simple fees can be harvesting herbs for tea. At the same time they should dominate only one component with a pronounced flavor. Therefore, mint, lemon balm, thyme or oregano makes sense to divide into different collections. In autumn and winter tonic necessarily useful collection of leaves of blackberry, strawberry, black currant, thyme and St. John's wort. Cold and flu brew for household medical tea of ​​chamomile, mint, linden blossom and elderberry. And for those who are on a diet, help Vitamin tea from peppermint, buckthorn bark, parsley and dandelion root.

Sweet harvest

Fruit and berry blanks retain valuable properties for months

Bars of fruits and berries - a wonderful treat for the whole family. From apricots dried apricots can be home. To begin with we maintain apricots pitted 3-4 hours in the shade and in the draft. Then we shift them on a wooden tray and put out in the sun on 5-6 days, turning occasionally. From 1 kg of apricots is roughly 200 g dried apricots.

To please loved ones with delicious prunes, dry fresh fruits in the oven. The recipe for fruit preparation in this case prescribes to blanch the seedless plum for 30 seconds in a weak solution of soda (10 g of soda per 1 liter of water) and rinse it under warm water. Put the halves of the fruit on a baking sheet and place in an oven preheated to 50 ° C. Stir the fruit every 4 hours. In this case, each time we increase the temperature by 10 ° C until it reaches 90 ° C. In order for the prunes to acquire their characteristic shine, at the very end, increase the temperature to 120 ° C for 10 minutes.

Berry blanks retain valuable properties for months. Particularly pleased that you can dry any berries. It is better not to wash strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, otherwise they will become limp. And the fruits need to choose a little immature. The following method will help to preserve their delicate aroma and beautiful appearance. We put the berries on a piece of thick paper and place it on a pack of newspapers. Every 3 – 4 hours we remove the wet newspapers and put them dry. Repeat this manipulation every 3 – 4 hours for 4 – 5 days and do not forget to turn the berries. The rich harvest of summer fruits in the midst of winter is assured, unless, of course, the household does not encroach on it.    

Have you already engaged in harvesting fruits, berries and herbs for the winter? What interesting recipes are in your collection? We look forward to branded recipes for health and beauty. 

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