Acacia is a fairly common and well-known tree, with large spikes on the branches and trunk. This plant belongs to the family of legumes, as evidenced by the fruits - long pods with seeds that appear in the autumn. Acacia since ancient times, people use to treat a variety of diseases. And in our time, acacia is included in the list of official medicinal plants in many countries of the world. Interestingly, the greatest benefits are in all parts of the acacia: in flowers, bark, leaves. Nectar of blooming acacia is very fragrant and rich in valuable substances, acacia honey is also very useful and tasty.
What is the use of acacia?
The flowers of the plant contain sugars, organic acids, vitamins A and C, essential oils, glycosides, flavinoids robinin and tannin. Stigmasterin, phytosterol, rutin, fatty oils, tannin and tannins are present in the bark of young shoots, and also contains a flavonoid robinin, which has a hypoazotemic effect on the body: it contributes to the removal of urea and other harmful substances from the body.
White acacia tincture, used externally, helps with varicose veins and thrombophlebitis. It is also used for grinding paralyzed limbs. Traditional medicine for medicinal purposes uses flowers, bark of young shoots and acacia leaves.
The plant has antipyretic, expectorant, diuretic, antispasmodic and mild laxative effect. Alcohol tinctures of flowers are indicated for peptic ulcer disease, food allergies, gastric bleeding, diseases of the female reproductive system, pyelonephritis, in the early stages of hypertension. Infusions and decoctions of flowers are used for flatulence, diarrhea, high blood pressure and the elimination of the effects of strokes. German medicine recipes recommend treating gastritis with low acidity of gastric juice with tincture of acacia flowers.
Broths from flowers and leaves are drunk in various inflammatory diseases of the urogenital system, as well as in uterine myomas. Acacia flower tea helps to get rid of infertility and nervous disorders. The aroma of acacia flowers is able to relieve depression, soothes and relieves anxiety, normalizes sleep. Herbalists prescribe acacia to those who are depressed and to people prone to conflict. It is believed that after an acacia a person either does not allow conflicts, or quickly resolves them.
Broths are prepared from the leaves to reduce the temperature, to treat coughs, sore throats, colds and infections of the upper respiratory tract, including whooping cough. In the treatment of respiratory diseases, honey from acacia is also used, much is known about the benefits of honey, but acacia honey has special beneficial properties. Remarkably, unlike other types of honey, acacia does not crystallize and can remain liquid for more than a year.
In China and Japan, acacia is used to treat a wide variety of diseases. The high content of rutin in acacia provides health to blood vessels: strengthens and makes their walls elastic. Thanks to vitamins A and C, acacia prevents premature aging and the occurrence of cancer.
Be careful, acacia!
Self-treatment with acacia is not recommended, since all parts of the plant contain toxic substances (in particular, alkaloid robinin). Disorders in the dosage cause severe poisoning. Symptoms of poisoning: nausea, diarrhea, headache, sharp abdominal pain, cardiovascular insufficiency, severe weakness. If any of these symptoms occur, you should immediately flush the stomach, drink activated charcoal and consult a doctor.
Useful properties of acacia
By chemical composition, white acacia boasts the presence of vitamins A and C in young shoots and leaves, essential oils in flowers.
It is also rich in organic acids and sugars. A large number of flavonoids, pectins, fatty oils and tannins are found in wood, young stems and foliage.
Vitamin A and C actively participate in maintaining strong immunity, improve eyesight and help in the fight against loss of mood, depression. Flavonoid robinin promotes recovery from bladder and kidney diseases.
Acacia Honey It is known that it can be stored for a long time without crystallizing, it has a soft, delicate aroma and is extremely transparent. White acacia honey plant gives a light variety of this honey, whose taste is thinner than yellow. A rare variety of acacia honey is useful for sore throat and bronchitis, cystitis, relieves inflammation in conjunctivitis. In the form of ointment and lotions helps against psoriasis, eczema and neurodermatitis, fights against premature aging of the skin.
Invaluable honey for the elderly, because it stimulates blood formation and dilates the walls of blood vessels. Against the development of edema and cellulite take hot baths with honey. Honey baths are often prescribed during the peeling of the skin, brittle hair, to strengthen hair and improve the condition of the nails.
Sedation can be greatly enhanced if you use honey in combination with cottage cheese or milk.
Indications for use
The spectrum of use of acacia in the treatment is quite wide. Acacia-based preparations are applicable as antipyretic, antispasmodic and diuretic agents. There are expectorant drugs, laxatives and choleretic.
Medical preparations and simple decoctions are advised when cold, flu, high blood pressure, rheumatism and gastrointestinal diseases. Also, the substances contained in acacia are effective in combating kidney stones and urolithiasis, osteochondrosis, myositis.
During the exacerbation of women's ailments, severe gastritis or gastric ulcer, as well as pyelonephritis, acacia has a softening effect, and in some cases can serve as post-stroke prevention. Due to the special properties of the bark, it is possible to reduce the acidity of the stomach to optimal performance.
The effect of such a compound in the composition of acacia, as the alkaloid robinin, will be a sharp pain in the abdomen, diarrhea and nausea, migraine, general weakness and cardiovascular failure.
In such parts of the tree, like seeds, bark and roots, the concentration of toxic substances is quite high, their use for medical purposes is associated with the risk of overdose.
Toxalbuminrobin, which is abundant in the composition of tree bark, can lead to severe irritation of the mucous membranes. Do not abuse drugs from acacia people with low blood pressure and low acidity of gastric juice.
Possible allergic reactions with individual intolerance Some components of drugs from acacia. In rare cases, acacia treatment may be accompanied by drowsiness, low blood pressure.
Acacia gum what is it? What parts of the plant are used?
In folk medicine, both acacia leaves, bark, roots, stems, pods, and flowers have found their use. Of particular value is acacia honey and essential oil.
Flowers White acacia in the form of decoction has an anti-inflammatory effect in the development of a benign tumor of the uterus myometrium and other diseases of the female reproductive system. It is recommended decoction of dried flowers with elevated pressure, and the infusion is useful in the treatment of diseases of the bladder and kidneys. Alcohol tincture is almost indispensable for relieving joint pain, varicose veins, or radiculitis.
Leaves can be brewed for decoction against coughing and for lowering the temperature during severe colds. Broths in some cases are advised in case of respiratory diseases, for example whooping cough in children.
Extract of the leaves is prescribed as rubbing for severe bruises, salt deposits, gout and rheumatism, as well as thrombophlebitis.
Gum (gum arabic) well softens and moisturizes the skin, helps in the healing of burns and cuts, stops inflammation, relieves pain and normalizes cholesterol metabolism. Gum also helps to restore digestive processes and helps in the treatment of obesity.
Resin stocks (fibrega) has a knitting effect, copes with excessive skin irritation, eliminates dryness and oily shine, smoothes the skin of the face.
Acacia Pods in the form of tea broth is often used with a strong cough.
White acacia manifested itself as a versatile medicinal tree, almost all parts of which are beneficial. Depending on the concentration of substances, leaves, bark, flowers or roots are used to make cosmetic or medical preparations.
It is important to observe the permissible proportions and strictly follow the recipes in order not to disturb the ratio of ingredients and to prevent poisoning. Properly prepared decoction, tincture or ointment effectively help with various diseases relieve inflammation, pain, return the body tone.
Appearance of acacia
Leaves of white acacia, as a rule, complex feathery. However, in some species, the leaves are suppressed, and leaf stems (petioles) are vertically flattened into phyllods that are oriented vertically in order to avoid intense sunlight. Some species have no leaves or phyllods at all, but have modified leaves, such as photosynthetic stems functioning as leaves. Different species have juice that hardens in the resin. Flowers are small with five petals almost hidden on 10 (or more) long stamens and are located in dense globular or cylindrical clusters, they are usually yellow or cream, but they may be white, purple or red.
- In Israel, seeds are used for food production. In Burma, Laos and Thailand, shoots are used in soups, curries, omelets and fries. Honey created on acacia flowers is considered a delicacy, valued for its soft floral taste, light texture and glassy appearance. Acacia Honey is one of the few that do not crystallize.
- In Mexico, flat green tree pods are used. Seeds are the size of small beans, they are eaten raw, sometimes cooked and turned into a sauce.
- Acacia is presented as an ingredient in various soft drinks. It is added to Coca-Cola, beer, as well as to sweets and even in Wrigley's and Eclipse chewing gums, in M & Ms.
Many types of acacia have an important use in traditional medicine. It has been shown that most applications have a scientific basis, since chemical compounds found in different species have obvious healing effects.
In Ayurvedic medicine, it is a medicine that is useful for treating premature ejaculation. An Ethiopian medical text from the 19th century describes a potion made from Ethiopian plant species, mixed with tahi root, then boiled, used as a medicine for rabies. Astringent with a high tannin content, called catechu, is taken from several species, but especially from the Acacia Catechu, by boiling wood and evaporating the solution to produce an extract.
Acacia is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens. Its attractive textural leaves and lush white flowers give the site an exotic look. Decorative varieties endowed with spikes, landscape architects use to ensure internal security. Sharp spikes of some species keep burglars from attacking private property if they are planted under windows and near drain pipes. The aesthetic characteristics of plants, combined with the qualities of protection, make them an alternative to artificial walls and fences.
The ancient Egyptians used plant flowers in paints, preserved in wall painting to this day.
Acacia is used in the perfume industry due to its strong aroma for many centuries. In the bible, the burning of wood as an incense form is mentioned several times.
Symbolism and ritual
In magical rites, this tree acts as a symbol of the purity and endurance of the soul, as well as a funerary symbol, meaning resurrection and immortality. The tree derives its meaning from the description of the burial of Hiram Avif, the builder of the temple of King Solomon in Jerusalem. Several parts (mainly bark, root and gum) of a tree are used to prepare incense for rituals. Used in incense in India, Nepal and China, in Tibet. It is believed that the smoke from the bark keeps demons and ghosts and has the gods. Roots and resin are combined with rhododendron and some other components of incense.
According to the biblical word, when God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle, he said: “make an ark of acacia wood” and “make an acacia table” (Exodus 25:10 and 23, the revised standard version).
In Russia, Italy and other countries, it is customary to congratulate women on March 8 with yellow mimosa. These “mimosas” are actually derived from Acacia Silver.
Some species of this plant are valuable as wood. Wood is used for furniture that is brilliant and has a pleasant smell. Thanks to the aroma of wood, they make ornaments from it.
Acacia introduced worldwide has become an invasive plant that captures meadows and abandoned agricultural areas, especially in temperate coastal and island areas where a mild climate helps spread. Since this fast-growing tree is spreading rapidly, it is extremely difficult to eradicate.
White acacia is a tree that contains a number of organic compounds that protect it from pests and grazing animals. Many of these compounds are psychoactive for humans. Alkaloids found in the plant include dimethyltryptamine (DMT), 5-methoxymethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) and N-methyltryptamine (NMT). A plant of leaves, stems and roots is sometimes turned into a brew along with some MAOI-containing plant and consumed orally for healing, ceremonial or religious use. Egyptian mythology associated the tree of acacia with the tree of life.
Treatment of diseases
- The main purpose of acacia drugs is to solve problems in the gastrointestinal tract. Alcohol tincture of flowers of white acacia reduces the acidity of the stomach. Preparing a creamy gruel from young shoots and leaves helps to treat gastritis and stomach ulcers. Acacia flowers include diuretic fees. Use dry flowers to eliminate fever and stop coughing: 10 gr. (1 tablespoon per cup of boiling water).
- Hyperthyroidism is not only a cosmetic disease. Traditional treatment helps to cope with hyperthyroidism, but often you need a comprehensive approach to treatment. An extract of white acacia prolongs the effect of drugs.
- Traditional medicine recommends using the plant as an antispasmodic and diuretic, for coughing and fever.
The plant, with the exception of medicinal parts, contains the toxic component of alkaloid robinin. In this regard, it is necessary to strictly observe the dose and recommendations for the production and consumption of acacia.
Caution: take the medicine from the acacia white only after consulting a doctor!
Wood, taken internally, causes poisoning, which is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, malaise, drowsiness, and headache.
White Acacia Recipes
- Flowers. To prepare the infusion, you can use fresh or dried (1 tbsp. L.) Flowers. Fill a mug of boiling water and boil for three minutes. Then filter and bring the volume to 0.5 liters. Drink the infusion 20 minutes before meals 1 teaspoon three times a day. The infusion is indicated for the treatment of uterine cancer and various inflammatory diseases of the genital organs in women.
- Tincture of bark. To prepare herbal tea, you need to grind the bark size of about 3x3 cm and brew it with 0.5 liters of boiling water. Then put the mixture in a small saucepan, simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Filter and bring the finished infusion to 0.5 liters. Should be used within two days. If you feel good, you can drink in a day. Tea is good for treating gastric ulcers and gastritis.
- Herbal tea of flowers used in diseases of the kidneys, bladder and kidney stones. Take 1 tablespoon of flowers and brew in a glass of boiling water. Half an hour to insist. Take 1/3 cup after meals three times a day.
- Recipe with vodka. Prepare the raw material for tincture: mix leaves and young shoots with vodka in the ratio of 1:10. Such vodka is infused for 15 days, do not forget to mix it periodically. Take one teaspoonful of the solution before eating three times a day with various digestive disorders.
- Recipe tincture of leaves and flowers. Flowers and leaves pour 70 ° alcohol at a ratio of 1: 2. It is used topically for grinding and compresses for diseases: rheumatism, thrombophlebitis, neuralgia, back pain, sciatica, myositis, rhinitis, and wound inflammation. The tincture is capable of dissolving venous swelling stagnation.
How does acacia look and grow?
Acacia is a genus of plants of the legume family. Встречается на территории Африки, Австралии, Мексики, Европы и Азии. Имеет вид кустарника или дерева высотой до 25 м. Это быстрорастущее дерево, стойкое к засухе. Его высаживают в декоративных целях и для создания защитных лесных насаждений.
Белой акацией ошибочно называют другое растение – робинию. Она относится к роду Робиния и происходит из Северной Америки. В Европе ее выращивают с XVIII века. Дерево предпочитает влажные известковые почвы, имеет мощную корневую систему и быстро разрастается.
White acacia reaches 20-25 m in height, trunk diameter - 1 m. Shoots are bare or slightly pubescent, the color varies from olive to reddish-brown. Crohn openwork, spreading, cylindrical shape. The root system branches well and goes deep into 12-15 m. The crown is strong, gray-brown, with grown vertical cracks.
The leaves of Robinia are light green, alternate, pinnate, from 10 to 45 cm long. At the base there are thorns 2 cm long, which break off easily. Elliptical leaflets, 4 cm long and 2 cm wide.
In May-July, the white acacia releases drooping brushes 10–20 cm long. Each of them contains 5–15 buds. The cup is bell-shaped, 10 mm high, pubescent with short hairs. A corolla of white or cream color with a diameter of 3.5 cm. At the end of September, seeds ripen in the beans.
The chemical composition of acacia flowers
The benefits of white acacia are due to its chemical composition. Inflorescences and bark contains robinin. This substance is involved in the removal of urea from the body. Also receive drugs from it.
Leaves and flowers contain essential oils, flavonoids, glycosides, tannins, pectins, organic acids, minerals, vitamins A and C. Fatty oils are found in fruits, their concentration reaches 15%.
What diseases does acacia help?
The healing properties of acacia are used to treat a number of diseases:
- colds and viral infections,
- stomach diseases associated with high acidity,
- kidney and bladder damage,
- cystitis, thrush,
- varicose veins, thrombophlebitis,
- skin ulcers.
Is acacia good for weight loss?
The use of acacia flowers for weight loss is not proven. To combat obesity use other products from this plant. Honey from Robinia has a rich composition, removes toxins and slags, cleanses the body, helps to absorb fats. It is added to the diet instead of sugar.
White acacia honey is high in calories - 327 kcal per 100 g of product. In order not to harm the figure, it is recommended to eat 1 tbsp. l honey before eating carbohydrate foods or at night before bedtime.
Infusion of acacia flowers
One of the ways to use acacia flowers is to make an infusion The tool helps with kidney disease, urinary system, cystitis.
To prepare the infusion required:
- fresh or dry buds - 1 tsp,
- boiling water - 1 cup.
Raw materials are placed in a cup and pour boiling water. Top cover with a lid or plate. The infusion is left for 2 hours, then filtered through a sieve or cheesecloth. The tool will be useful if every day before meals drink 1/3 cup.
Alcohol tincture of acacia flowers
From the buds of acacia is prepared alcoholic brew. The beneficial properties of white acacia help get rid of joint pain, sciatica and rheumatism. 50 g of raw material is poured 0.5 liters of alcohol or vodka. The bottle is placed in a dark place and protected from direct sunlight. Periodically, the contents of the container shaken.
The finished tincture is rubbed twice a day. The benefit of the procedure is that pain passes, inflammation and swelling are reduced.
When taken internally, the tincture benefits the nervous system: it improves sleep and relieves fatigue. 750 ml of vodka requires 500 g of dry buds. The tincture is kept for 3 weeks in a dark place, then filtered. Daily before dinner take 1-2 tsp. tinctures.
Broth inflorescences acacia
When stomatitis and periodontal disease from the buds of Robinia prepare a decoction. Its beneficial properties will help relieve inflammation and heal wounds on the mucous membrane. With a cold, a decoction gives an antipyretic effect and promotes the release of sputum.
At 1 cup boiling water add 1 tbsp. l dried flowers. When the broth is cooled, the raw material is filtered and used for rinsing with inflammation of the throat. The benefits of such a tool - removing the heat with a cold. Without harm to health, the broth is taken 1/3 cup three times a day before meals.
For the treatment of gynecological diseases a useful broth is taken three times during the day and 1 tbsp. l The course is 1 month. It is recommended every 1-2 days to prepare a new broth, because with long-term storage of its use is lost.
Robinia inflorescences are added to tea. It is taken for colds, women's diseases, problems with the kidneys and stomach. Also, the healing properties of acacia tea are applied from prostatitis. In general, the drink benefits the whole body: strengthens the immune system, relieves anxiety and depression, calms the nervous system.
1 cup of boiling water requires 1 tbsp. l raw materials. Honey or sugar is added to taste. To make tea, you can use other herbs - mint, lemon balm, sage, rosehip.
Acacia flower tea benefits the body and harm if it is not adhered to. It is taken 2-3 times a day for 1 glass. Every 2 months take a break. Reception of healthy tea is resumed in 2-3 months.
From robinia inflorescences get useful juice. In the spring on a dry day, they are still gathering unblown buds. Per 1 kg of raw materials required 100 g of sugar. The components are mixed and shifted into enameled containers, well compacted and closed with a lid. Capacity put in the refrigerator for 10-14 hours. Then the raw material is squeezed through a gauze or sieve.
96% alcohol is added to the resulting liquid. 10 parts of juice requires 1 part of alcohol. 70% alcohol is needed 1.5 times more. Means put for a week in the refrigerator. At first, the extract is green and rather cloudy, but over time it will become a light brown shade. At the bottom of the possible precipitation of a dark precipitate, the benefits of the extract from this is not lost.
The beneficial properties of acacia extract are used for kidney disease. The tool relieves pain. The extract is taken three times a day for 1 tsp. half an hour before meals. Pain and other unpleasant symptoms disappear in 20 minutes.
Tincture of Acacia Bark
Benefits health and bark from the tree acacia. It is added to alcohol tinctures. The resulting tool helps with stomach ulcers, effectively fights with radiculitis, rheumatism and varicose veins.
Per 100 g of alcohol or vodka add 1 tbsp. l crushed bark. The components are mixed and left to warm for 2 weeks. Periodically shaken up a lot. Finished tincture filter. The norm of admission without harm to health - 10 drops an hour before meals, no more than 3 times a day. The general course of treatment is from 2 to 3 weeks.
For maximum benefit, the bark is insisted together with burdock root. Per 100 g of alcohol requires 1 tbsp. l each ingredient. The norm of admission without harm to the body - 1 tbsp. l an hour before meals. The procedure is repeated twice a day. The course of treatment is 18 days.
Alcohol tincture is useful for radiculitis and rheumatism. First, it is heated to 30 ° C and gently rubbed into the affected area in a circular motion.
Decoction of acacia bark
On the basis of Robinia bark receive a useful decoction. It is taken for ulcers, gastritis and other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Broth is also used for the prevention of diseases associated with the work of the stomach and intestines.
On a glass of boiling water add 1 tbsp. l crushed bark. For the greatest benefit also add 2 tbsp. l burdock root and chamomile. The broth is infused for 24 hours, then the liquid is filtered off from the solid particles. The resulting product is taken in the amount of 1/3 cup 30 minutes before meals. The period of treatment without harm to health is 2 weeks. The procedure is repeated after 2 months.
Acacia essential oil in aromatherapy
The essential oil is obtained from Whitish and Farnese Acacia. The product has a dark yellow or brown color, a viscous consistency and a spicy aroma. In aromatherapy, this oil helps to get rid of nervous tension, improves sleep, restores strength, relieves fatigue and headache.
To obtain perfume compositions add bergamot oil, violet, mimosa ylang-ylang.
Essential oil is used in cosmetology. It is added to the means for cleansing and toning the skin. As a result, turgor improves, wrinkles are smoothed, complexion improves, peeling and redness disappear.
Harm of acacia and contraindications
Harm and contraindications of acacia flowers:
- pregnancy and breastfeeding,
- low acidity of the stomach,
- individual intolerance.
Robinia damage is due to the content of toxic substances. They cause poisoning in violation of dosages. If the remedies cause dizziness, headache, nausea, or diarrhea, then stop taking. Children can get acacia for colds, flu and stomatitis. Infusion is used to rinse the throat or inside before eating.
Collection, harvesting and storage of acacia
Robinia inflorescences collected in May. The greatest benefit is brought by not yet opened buds. Bark removed from young trees.
The collection is not carried out in rainy weather. Raw materials are left to dry in fresh air or indoors. In order for the buds to retain their beneficial properties, they are placed in a tissue or paper bag and kept in a dark place.
Where and at what price you can buy?
It is necessary to acquire seeds of white acacia in large specialized stores or firms. It is desirable that they have a good reputation and feedback.
The price of acacia seeds is different for different vendors.. As a rule, it depends on the quality of the seed, the manufacturer, the store promotion and other factors.
However, you can bring the average price of acacia seeds. It varies between 130 - 150 rubles per 1 gram. In one gram about 50 pcs. seeds.
How to store?
Self-collected seeds, like purchased ones, need proper storage. Their quality and viability directly depend on this.
- Hypothermia, overheating and high humidity are not allowed for acacia seeds. The optimal temperature for this is from 0 to +5 degrees, so it’s best to keep them in the fridge.
- Seeds are recommended to be placed in closed containers: boxes or boxes. You can also use bags or paper bags for this purpose.
Medicinal properties and harm
White acacia has a number of healing properties. and is used both in traditional medicine and in the manufacture of various drugs. Medicinal properties of white acacia:
In folk medicine, the beneficial properties of acacia are used in the treatment of:
- osteochondrosis and many other diseases.
Flowers and bark in its composition have a robinin-flavonoid, which removes urea from the body. This component is toxic, therefore it cannot be used without consulting a specialist. Read more about the healing properties of the flowers of the White Acacia read here.
No exception are its seeds. They are used in the preparation of various tinctures and decoctions for external use. but the dosage must be strictly observed and used with extreme caution acacia seed.
Watch a video about the healing properties of white robinia:
What time of year?
To sow acacia seeds in two ways:
- Seedlings. Seeds for seedlings sown in March. For this special boxes are used.
- In open ground. Seeds are planted in late spring, when the leaves begin to bloom in the trees.
How to prepare for the process?
Since acacia seeds have a very hard and dense shell, the acacia seeds need to be processed before sowing. This can be done in 2 ways:
- Stratifyand in other words, keep the seeds for a month before planting at a temperature of from 0 to 1 degree.
- Scarifyor rather, destroy the seed coat. For this, the seeds are scalded with boiling water. You can rub them with sandpaper. After that, the seeds are soaked for 12 hours in water.
Pre-sowing seed treatment is carried out with the aim of destroying their hard shell, impeding germination.
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How to carry out the procedure?
Ash is added to the soil. Recommended planting depth - 2 - 3 cm. Sowing time - March.
Allowed to sow acacia seeds immediately in open ground. Since the young shoots appear very quickly (after 7 - 14 days), they need to be planted after all frosts. A guide may be the appearance of leaves on trees.
For good germination of acacia seeds, it is necessary to create favorable conditions, which are as follows:
- The air temperature should be above 20 degrees (for seedlings).
- Good lighting.
- Moderate watering.
Planted in open ground need after all frosts are passed. The optimum temperature for germinating seeds is +20 - 25 degrees.
With timely moderate watering, young shoots appear after 1–1.5 weeks:
- After their appearance, you need to rearrange the container with the seedlings in a well-lit place. When there is insufficient lighting, the seedlings will reach for the sun, and at the same time they will become thin and weak.
- When using a seedling method of growing white acacia, in May, seedlings should be planted in open ground. The distance between them should be at least 2.5 meters.
- In the first year young plants need abundant watering.
- Do not forget about the timely weeding and loosening the soil.
- In winter, young seedlings should be covered. This is best done with a non-woven material, and the surface above the ground is mulched with straw or peat.
Landing on the permanent place
After a successful wintering, the acacia for the next year should be transplanted to a permanent place. Since acacia is quite unpretentious, it can be planted everywhere. But it should be borne in mind that if you put it in a shaded place, it will affect flowering. To acacia pleased lush flowering, you need to plant it in a well-lit place.
White acacia is not demanding on soil fertility. However, in order to create more comfortable growing conditions, it is recommended to put compost, dolomite flour or ash into the soil. Acacia enriches the soil with nitrogen, thereby increasing its fertility.
Possible problems and difficulties
The main problems that may arise when growing acacia are as follows:
- Frosting seedlings. In harsh winters, young acacia seedlings can frost up, right down to the root collar. If the root system is preserved, the plant is quickly restored. Every year, as the acacia grows, its frost resistance increases.
- Fertilizer oversupply. An excess of nitrogen fertilizers is fraught with the appearance of very long shoots - up to 120 cm in length. They need to be shortened to 40 cm at the end of the summer.
- Diseases and pests. It should be noted that acacia is very resistant to diseases and pests. In the steppe zone, the acacia can occasionally be affected by the sawfly and scutes. A measure to combat them - treatment with drugs such as Malathion, Commander, Aktara and others.
So, following simple rules and recommendations, you can grow white acacia. Her lush white bloom will not leave anyone indifferent. And the healing properties of acacia will help to cope with many ailments and maintain health for many years.
Medicinal properties and application of acacia white
Acacia has anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties, and it also has expectorant, antispasmodic, hypotensive and laxative properties. Acacia-based recipes are used for food allergies, inflammations, stomach and intestinal pain, and stomach bleeding. Acacia is used in female diseases.
The color of acacia has many healing properties, so the plant is used for thrombophlebitis, radiculitis, rheumatism, gastritis, gastric ulcer, osteochondrosis and neuralgia.
Preparations on acacia flowers can cure colds, cough, and also normalize sleep and relieve nervous tension. The bark is used in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Recipes of traditional medicine: treatment with white acacia
Since the tree has many medicinal components that can be collected and used, we bring to your attention recipes of tinctures and decoctions of acacia, which help relieve pain and inflammation, expel bile and many more different properties and effects.
White Acacia Tea
Tea recipe for whooping cough:
- 1 tbsp. l dried flowers brew on water or milk.
- Cool and add honey.
Recipe for colds:
- 1 tbsp. l Dried petals are added to a glass of hot water.
- Insist 5 minutes and drink with honey.
Recipe for white acacia tea for inflammation of the ovaries:
- 1 tbsp. l dried flowers poured a glass of boiling water.
- Infuse the mixture for 1 hour.
White acacia honey
Acacia honey has many beneficial properties, but also has contraindications. We will talk about them later, and now we will pay more attention to useful properties and application.
Acacia honey has a fragrant aroma of flowers and delicate flavor. In the liquid form, the honey of white acacia is transparent, and when sugar is turned white. The composition of honey includes fructose and glucose.
Treats for diabetes, gastritis, ulcers and other diseases.
In case of diabetes, many doctors recommend taking honey from acacia, as insulin is not required to process the treat.
Acacia honey does not cause allergies and contains carotene and enzymes. It is given even to children, as it has a good effect on the digestion and healing of the affected mucous membranes.
Acacia honey restores blood pressure and has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. Поэтому, если у вас гипертония, рекомендуем вам включить в рацион именно его.
Применять его нужно в течение 2 месяцев по 50 г, и у вас улучшится состояние организма, нормализуется уровень гемоглобина и состав крови.
Акациевый мед применяют для того, чтобы улучшить зрение. To do this, you can make lotions with conjunctivitis or make a solution in distilled water, which you can bury in the eyes.
For ulcers, eczema, neurodermatitis, periodontal disease and gingivitis, you can use the following recipe: apply honey on wounds or ulcers; it kills many germs and improves blood flow.
If you start taking 1 tsp. honey before bedtime, you can quickly recuperate in a dream, and in the morning you will be awake.
For rhinitis, tracheitis, laryngitis and bronchitis, we recommend that you inhale with a 30% aqueous solution of honey. You can even do this with a kettle. It needs to be boiled, mix water with honey and inhale steam for half an hour.
Broth leaves for the treatment of colds and as antipyretic
Since white acacia has antipyretic properties, a decoction of the leaves is used for the common cold of children and adults.
Cough Broth Recipe:
- 1 tbsp. l dried flowers is filled with water.
- The mixture is stirred and cooked over low heat until boiling.
- Broth should stand for 1 hour.
Recipe tinctures when coughing:
- 1 tbsp. l Flowers need to fill with hot water.
- Infuse the mixture for half an hour.
- Infusion ceed and take in conjunction with honey.
Broth for diseases of the oral cavity
If you just hurt your teeth, you need to prepare a decoction based on the flowers of acacia.
The recipe is as follows:
- 1 tbsp. l Dried flowers are brewed in a cup with hot water.
- Cover the cup and cool it.
- 1 tsp Acacia honey is added to water.
- 1 tsp soda is added to the solution.
With periodontal disease, you should rinse your mouth with a warm tincture of acacia flowers.
Infusion of flowers for diseases of the kidneys and bladder
Considering the previous recipes, it is possible to understand that acacia tincture treats many diseases.
For diseases of the bladder and kidneys, apply tincture or decoction.
- 1 tbsp. l Acacia flowers mixed with 200 ml of hot water.
- Mixture infused for half an hour.
The recipe for decoction number 1:
- 1 tbsp. l flowers poured 500 ml of hot water.
- The broth is boiled on low heat for 3 minutes.
- The mixture is cooled and sedyat.
- 1 tbsp. l Flowers pour 500 ml of water.
- The broth is boiled to a boil over low heat for 3 minutes.
- The mixture should be filtered and cooled.
White acacia tinctures are also used externally for radiculitis, paralysis, varicose veins, as well as chronic rheumatism.
With radiculitis need to moisten abundantly with tincture and rub. For paralysis, you should use alcohol tincture and rub it dry overnight.
With varicose veins You need to moisten the swollen venous nodes with plenty of alcohol tincture on the flowers of white acacia and rub.
With rheumatism you need to rub the tincture before bedtime, then warm.
- A liter jar is filled with acacia flowers.
- Jar poured alcohol above the level of flowers on the finger.
- Mixture insist 2 weeks in a dark warm place.
Vodka tincture for grinding feet.
- 1 tbsp. l dried flowers pour 0.2 l of 70% vodka.
- Mixture insist week.
- 100 g of flowers pour 500 ml of vodka.
- The mixture is stirred and infused for 3 weeks.
- In the tincture add sliced lemon.
- Mixture infused for another 1 week.
To grind venous nodes:
- A three-liter jar should be filled with fresh acacia petals and pour 500 ml of vodka and alcohol.
- In the mixture add chopped plantain leaves.
- Mixture insist in a dark place for 14 days.
White acacia in gynecology
White acacia is used in gynecology. In the treatment of female diseases use the bark, flowers and fruits, which are used externally and internally.
Inflammation and leucorrhea.
- 200 g of dried flowers pour 500 ml of vodka.
- Mixture insist 2 weeks.
Inflammation of the uterus.
- 500 g of crushed bark is mixed with 2 cups of hot water.
- The mixture is left to infuse for an hour.
Inflammation of the ovaries and uterine fibroids.
- 1 tbsp. l dried flowers pour a glass of hot water.
- Mixture insist 15 minutes and fry.
- 1 teaspoon of dried flowers is filled with a glass of boiled water.
The use of white acacia in aromatherapy
Acacia is used not only in medicine, but also in aromatherapy. The fragrance calms the nervous system, helps to relax, to tune in to communication and contributes to the resolution of conflicts.
Acacia essential oil helps with:
- Irritability and nervous overstrain.
- Increased excitability, depression and nervous exhaustion.
- Headache and high fever.
- Premenstrual syndrome.
- Unpleasant manifestations of menopause.
Collecting and harvesting raw materials from white acacia
Flowers of acacia need to start collecting in May, when the buds are only half full. You can dry them under a canopy and often turn over.
The leaves are collected all season - from the moment when the tree starts up new leaves and before falling.
The bark is also collected throughout the growing season, cutting strips from young shoots and drying in an oven at 55 ° C.
Leaves and flowers are stored no more than 5 years, and the bark - up to 7 years.
All components should be stored in burlap bags.