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Ash in recipes of traditional healers


Our ancestors could not use drugs that can be found in a modern pharmacy. From various ailments they were saved by plants. They knew the properties of each flower, tree, bush and blade of grass. Unfortunately, most of the recipes of traditional medicine are lost. But experts gather some information about various methods of treatment bit by bit, adopting experience from herbalists in remote villages. Today we will meet with an amazing plant called common ash. We learn about its places of growth and healing properties.

Ash is a stately tree that can reach a height of forty meters. The diameter of the trunk of an adult plant reaches one meter. It is easily recognizable among thousands of other trees by a columnar trunk covered with dark gray bark with pronounced cracks and a rounded crown. Ash leaves have a complex shape and consist of 9-13 elongated leaves. Flowers appear in early spring, at a time when the leaves are just beginning to unfold. At the time of flowering, the whole tree is covered with small panicles of white and light beige color.

The fruits of ash are small, single-seeded krylatki, which are collected in bunches. In one panicle can be from 3 to 86 fruits. At the beginning of October, seeds ripen from them, looking like flat and slightly constricted brown nuts. Beautiful ash tree can be found in Western, Southern and Central Europe, Belarus, Ukraine, Crimea and the Volga region. The plant is very fond of fertile and light soils with a small degree of moisture. Ash sharply reacts to changes in air temperature and is often damaged during spring frosts. This heat-loving plant takes root very badly in the northern regions.

Ash has a heavy and solid wood, which is widely used in the carpentry, furniture, car-building and engineering production. The bark of the tree is used as a raw material for the manufacture of blue, black and brown dyes. It is also a surrogate quinine and an excellent tanning agent.

What is so valued ash in traditional medicine? The main components for the preparation of medicines are the leaves and bark of young shoots. They contain quercetin, mucus, tannins, essential oil, malic and ascorbic acid, vitamin C, tannins and glycoside. The leaves of ash for many years are the official drug in Swiss and German medicine.

Preparations made using the bark and leaves of this amazing plant are an excellent hemostatic, anti febrile, and anti-inflammatory agent. Let's look at a few traditional methods of treatment:

  • For quick healing of wounds of various origins, it is necessary to make a gruel of bark and leaves. Attach it to the damaged area and apply a bandage. Dressing is necessary 2-3 times a day.
  • When ear inflammation should be dripped into it the juice obtained from fresh leaves.
  • With frequent nosebleeds, as well as colds, it is necessary to take an infusion made from bark and leaves. To do this, one and a half tablespoons of raw materials should be poured with boiling water (400 grams) and left under a closed lid for about fifteen minutes. Ready means to take one hundred grams four times every day.
  • For acute attacks of sciatica, an infusion of boiling water (200 grams) and leaves (20 grams) should be prepared. The drug is prepared within one hour and taken three times a day for a tablespoon.
  • For diseases of the upper respiratory tract in a chronic form, it is necessary to prepare a decoction of forty grams of a mixture of bark and leaves per liter of water. To receive the received means it is necessary on one hundred grams to three times a day.

Ash is a beautiful and valuable plant. It is recommended to increase its planting in populated areas, since its foliage perfectly purifies the air from harmful impurities, and the root system fixes loose soils.

Ash Ash

This tree, reaching a height of 40 meters, with black bark and a very powerful, branched root system, velvety buds of black color. Leaves are odd-pinnate, large, up to 30 centimeters in length, consisting of 6–13 elliptically oblong pointed leaves.

Complicated leaves begin to fall in a rather peculiar way in the fall - one by one, slowly, one by one, first all the individual leaves that make up the complex leaf fall, and then their common petiole. With early frosts, one can observe the phenomenon of “green leaf fall” - green leaves are still falling, which reminds of the southern origin of the tree. Flowers have no perianth, appear faster than leaves. Fruits are oblong-linear with a rounded base. Single-seeded dashes, gather in brushes, begin to ripen in autumn, but after the leaves fall, they still remain on the tree. They begin to fall only at the end of winter, and some may hang on a tree before spring. In April, begins flowering, pollinated by the wind before the leaves bloom. In November bears fruit.

Ash, growing in mixed plantations, has a depressing effect on the growth of neighboring trees, but larch remarkably gets on with it, despite the light-loving nature of both species. In the leafless state, the tree is not difficult to distinguish by fairly thick greenish-gray black shoots and buds, and in the summer - by peristosyllabic openwork leaves.

Ash is constantly in deciduous forests side by side with oak. Ash has a wide distribution, grows like Norway maple, in the central and western regions of the European part of Russia, in the Caucasus and the Crimea.

Harvesting and storage of common ash

Medicinal raw material is the bark and leaves of the tree. The bark is harvested - in early spring, the leaves in May - June, and the fruits - in autumn. Ash leaves are dried in the same way as leaves of other trees, they are slightly dried in the sun, and then continue to be dried in a constantly ventilated room. The bark is best collected in the spring, during sap flow, you need to dry it in the sun or in a slightly warmed oven.

Application in everyday life

The wood is light, with a core of a darker color, has a very beautiful texture, it is often used for finishing inside buildings. In the last century, ash furniture was popular. Poles for gymnastic bars, skis, various lathes and oars for racing boats are also made from the wood of this tree.

In the Caucasus, the still immature fruits of ash are pickled and used instead of capers as a spicy seasoning.

The composition and therapeutic properties of ash

  1. Ash leaves contain up to 200 mg% tannins, essential oils, carotene, ascorbic acid and carbohydrates. The bark contains carbohydrates.
  2. Ash preparations have antipyretic, astringent, diuretic, laxative, tonic, fungistatic, antispasmodic action.
  3. In folk phytotherapy, the bark and leaves of the ash tree are used as antitussive and anthelmintic, wound healing, hemostatic and antifebrile drugs.


The plant is considered poisonous, it is necessary to take inside with extreme caution, especially in atherosclerosis and hypertension. You can get poisoned by taking too high a dose of ash bark or infusion of leaves. An overdose of ash gives rise to renal colic, abdominal pain, dizziness and headache, vomiting and nausea.

In case of poisoning, immediately wash the stomach with a solution of potassium permanganate, drink saline laxative and activated carbon. In the future, to treat.

Botanical characteristics of ash

Ash is a high powerful tree with pinnately cut and black-dotted leaves. Each leaf of an ash tree consists of 7 or more leaflets opposite each other, which develop after a flowering period. Purple or dark brown ash flowers begin to bloom before the leaves appear on the tree. The flowers are collected in florets-bunches of several pieces. Most often there are flowers that do not have a rim and calyx. Each flower has a lot of red stamens, according to which this tree cannot be confused with others. Fruits of ash - lionfish, which are collected in several pieces into one inflorescence-panicle.

Ash blooms in April. Most often the tree grows in damp places, for example, at rivers, reservoirs, in damp forests and at streams. Ash is common in Moldova, Ukraine, and the Caucasus in the forests.

Botanical description

Ash is a tall tree of the Olive family reaching a height of thirty meters or more. The plant is endowed with a powerful well-developed root system, a smooth trunk, black bark, oblong-elliptical, unpaired, opposite large green leaves, single or bisexual greenish-olive flowers.

Flowering plants occur in the middle of the spring, and fruit ripening - in the middle of autumn. The fruit of the plant is an oblong nut. Russia, Crimea, Caucasus - the habitat of ash. Broad-leaved, oak forests, moist fertile soils are places where plants grow.

Preparation of raw materials

For the manufacture of medicines using leaflets and bark of the plant. The bark preparation is recommended to be carried out at the beginning of the spring period - May, and the leaves at the beginning of June. After collecting the leaves are dried in natural conditions - on the street under a canopy. To speed up the drying process, you can use a dryer or oven.

Bark is recommended to be dried in a dryer at a temperature not exceeding fifty degrees. But before drying, the raw material must be crushed. Next, the raw material is poured into glass containers and placed in a cool, dry room. You can store and use raw materials for two years.

Composition and use

The plant contains a significant amount of nutrients:

  • essential oils
  • carotene
  • tannins,
  • carbohydrate
  • ascorbic acid
  • inositol
  • Quercetin,
  • pitches
  • coumarins.

Substances contained in ash, endow it with a mass of healing properties. The plant has wound healing, hemostatic, astringent, laxative, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, diuretic, antispasmodic, anthelmintic, tonic, antitussive, anti febrile and antibacterial effects.

Plant preparations contribute to:

  • elimination of bleeding,
  • increased sexual desire
  • normalization of metabolic processes,
  • wound healing
  • elimination of pain and cramps,
  • elimination of inflammatory processes
  • improve well-being,
  • therapy: radiculitis, rheumatism, diarrhea, ascites, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, hepatitis, cirrhosis, impotence, osteochondrosis, pyoderma.

Chronic constipation: infusion treatment

Mix in equal proportions dried leaves of ash with melissa foliage, clover grass, bitter wormwood, mountaineer, bud flowers, chamomile flowers, Zhoster fruits, rowan, fennel and rhubarb rhizome. Brew ten grams of the mixture in boiled water - half a liter. Leave the composition in a dry place for three hours, then strain. It is necessary to consume half a glass three times during the day.

Cholecystitis: decoction therapy

Combine a spoonful of dried finely chopped ash leaves with the same amount of knotweed grass, rhizomes of gravilat, corn stigmas, tansy, and calendula flowers. Ingredients crush and mix well. Pour the raw material into a roomy saucepan, preferably enameled, and cover with boiling water - liter. Boil the mixture and set aside for a couple of hours in the heat. Take a quarter cup of the drug four times a day.

Preparation of a means of minimizing the manifestations of menopause

Take 15 grams of dry, chopped ash bark and combine with strawberries, birch leaves, orchard tubers, hop seedlings, fennel fruits, Chernobyl herb, lavender and lemon balm - the same amount. Mix components and brew thirty grams of the mixture in boiled water - half a liter. To insist means is necessary in a cool place for three hours. Recommend to use 100 ml of the drug twice throughout the day.


Of course, plant-based products will help you to cure a disease, but only if their use is agreed with your doctor. Remember, self-treatment is not a solution. By prescribing drugs yourself, you can hurt yourself even more. In addition, do not neglect the dosage of drugs indicated in the recipes. This will help avoid overdose and poisoning.

It should be understood that there are poisons in the composition of ash, it is for this reason that it is necessary to take drugs based on it with caution. The appearance of renal colic, pain in the abdomen, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and headache indicates poisoning. In this case, you must stop taking the funds, use activated charcoal and wash the stomach.

Description of ash and its medicinal composition

Ash is a powerful tall tree. Its leaves have black dots. Each leaf has seven or smaller leaves. They begin to form after a period of flowering. Flowers - purple or brown, bloom before the leaves.

Inflorescences are formed from several flowers. Usually they do not have a calyx and corolla. In each flower there are many red stamens, with the help of which ash is easily distinguished from another tree. What do ash fruits look like? This lionfish, collected in the inflorescence - a panicle.

Ash blooms in mid-spring. He likes moisture, so most often the tree can be seen near ponds, rivers, and in damp forests.

Due to its rich chemical composition, ash is able to bring considerable benefits, so its components are used to treat diseases of many organs.

Useful properties of ash for humans

Ash has wound-healing, astringent, antipyretic, hemostatic, laxative, diuretic properties, helps to forget about worms and successfully fights cough and hoarseness.

In order to cure chronic bronchial diseases, they take a decoction of the roots of the ash. When inflammation of the kidneys will be useful decoction of the leaves of the plant, and the infusion of them exhibits antibacterial activity to the stick Koch. Ash essential oils will rid you of fungi and the simplest microorganisms. And also preparations from ash well help with radiculitis and fever.

How to apply the healing properties of ash in folk medicine

Ash has long and successfully established itself in traditional medicine. They are treated for gout, dysentery, diseases of the bladder, kidneys. Ash products are needed for women with gynecological problems, and men are helped to restore and enhance potency.

Ashen decoction puts in order the nervous system, the infusion of the leaves of the plant is indicated for diarrhea and radiculitis. Gorgeous ash tea has prophylactic and healing properties. Most often it is used as a diuretic, which removes excess fluid from the body. Powder from the seeds of a plant can be used as a diaphoretic in the fight against polyarthritis.

Ash bark application

Ash bark and its healing properties are widely used in traditional medicine. In particular, a decoction of tree bark is used to treat colds, fevers, and inflammation of the kidneys.

For tuberculosis, this popular recipe will be helpful: 2 teaspoons of ash powder pour 250 ml of boiling water and cook for half an hour. Then insist, strain and take ½ cup 2 - 3 times a day.

For dysentery (along with other drugs) take the following decoction: 2 tablespoons of ash should be boiled for 40 minutes in a glass of water, then cooled for 10 minutes, strain, squeeze. Take ½ cup 3-4 times daily before meals.

Cooking ash leaves

Preparations from the leaves of ash in folk medicine are used as a laxative, anthelmintic and a remedy for radiculitis.

Tincture of the leaves of the plant successfully helps with muscular rheumatism. To prepare such a medicine, one tablespoon of the leaves of the plant pour 250 ml of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Ready infusion drink strained one glass three times a day.

Ash leaf powder is an excellent remedy for pancreatic inflammation. To make it, carefully chop the dry leaves of the plant and take half a teaspoon three times a day before meals.

How are the fruits of ash in traditional medicine

The fruits of ash also benefit in the treatment of many ailments. Infused with alcohol, they help with varicose veins. Lionfish are able to heal even very deep ulcers.

Для отвара из плодов ясеня вам понадобится 20 г крылаток. Их нужно залить 250 мл кипятка и поставить на 30-40 минут на водяную баню. Дать отстояться в течение 15-20 минут в тепле, профильтровать отвар и отжать сырье. Лекарство принимают 2 - 3 раза в день по столовой ложке.

Иногда применение плодов и листьев ясеня эффективно производить одновременно.

Ash: how to procure and store medical raw materials

We collect the bark in early spring, the leaves - in late May or early June, and the fruits - in autumn. The leaves need a little dry in the sun, and then moved to a constantly ventilated room. The bark is collected in the spring, when the movement of the juice has gone. Dry it in the sun, and you can in a slightly heated oven. Store the resulting raw materials in fabric bags.

Growing ash

Ash likes light very much and grows on fertile wet soils. The plant has a peculiarity - it is resistant not only to smoke, but also to gas. Ash grows and develops quickly. Propagated tree seed method and seedlings.

Ash is a plant that cannot tolerate stagnant soil and saline areas. When the plant is planted, it is necessary to observe the distance between the trees in 5 meters. When planting, the plant root should be 20 cm above the soil level. Why? Because after planting the soil is compacted and begins to settle. Before planting, the root system of the ash sapling is saturated with moisture.

For ash, it is better to select the drained and fertilized soil. In early spring and in its last days it is necessary to apply nitrogen fertilizers to the soil. During planting the soil should be watered. For four days after planting the plant requires constant watering. The ash must be cut by 5 cm, since the ash is very bad for pruning, so it is better to cut off dry branches and remove the prong from the tree trunk.

Application of ash

Ash is a medicinal tree that has long been recognized in traditional medicine. It is used for dysentery, gout, diseases of the bladder and kidneys. Ash is often used in gynecology in the treatment of inflammation of the uterus and whiter.

Ash decoction helps to calm the nervous system, so it is used in the treatment of nervous diseases. Infusion of leaves of a plant is used for radiculitis, worms and diarrhea. In addition, ash has a property that increases the sexual power of men and enhances sexual desire. A decoction of the bark of the tree helps in the treatment of colds.

Tea made from ash leaves is recommended to be used as a diuretic drug and an agent that removes excess water from the body. Ash seed powder is used as a diaphoretic and diuretic medicine in the treatment of chronic polyarthritis.

A decoction of the roots of ash in kidney disease. Take 25 grams of ash roots and cover them with a glass of boiling water. Next, put the composition on fire for 7 minutes. Remove the broth from the heat, cool and strain. Take 100 ml of broth three times a day.

Infusion of ash leaves with muscular rheumatism. To prepare it, take 1 tablespoon of the leaves of the plant and pour 200 ml of boiling water. Leave for 10 minutes to infuse. Straining the finished infusion, it is taken 1 glass three times a day.

Decoction of fruits. We take 20 grams of fruits of an ash-tree and we fill in with a glass of boiled water. We put for half an hour in a water bath and remove from heat. We place the composition in a warm place for 10-15 minutes. After that, we filter the broth and squeeze the raw material. We take the medicine received 3 times a day, 1 tablespoon before meals.

Ash tea for rheumatism. Take 1 tablespoon of ash leaves and pour a glass of boiling water. We put on the fire for 5 minutes. We filter, cool and take 1 glass twice a day for two weeks.

Mixture of ash in arthritis. For its preparation, take 1/3 tablespoon of ash bark, the same amount of meadow and black currant leaves. All mix and pour 200 ml of boiling water. We leave for half an hour to insist. Take this mixture of herbs should be 200 ml three times a day.

Ash tree - magical properties

  • The ability to develop the imagination of its owner. It is believed that wearing such an accessory contributes to the emergence of activity and decisiveness, so jewelry is often presented to people obsessed with a certain idea,
  • A few centuries ago, ash products were recognized as the most important decorations in magical rituals. For example, in the Middle Ages, many magicians wore them or clamped them in their fist in order to enhance the effect of the ritual
  • Provides the ability to manage and monitor a person for the biological rhythms of their own body.

Attention! It is not by chance that such accessories are presented to successful women and men. They at times strengthen their energy, make them feel confident in any situation!

It is believed that the secrets of alchemical formulas are stored in ash jewelry. Such products are able to change the way of thinking and provide the subconscious with new information.

Ash tree - healing properties

  • Positive effect on the state of the stomach and liver,
  • Charitable impact on the digestive system,
  • Benefits of the reproductive system - ash ornaments are presented to girls who want to get pregnant soon,
  • Impact on the work of cardiac tissues and vessels - they are strengthened, which eliminates the likelihood of a heart attack or the formation of blood clots,
  • The influx of useful elements is increasing, allowing to improve the vital activity of many body systems,
  • Allows you to recover from severe poisoning, removes toxins and toxins from the body of its owner,
  • It does not develop urinary tract diseases, including the bladder,
  • Allows you to restore metabolism and strengthen the immune system.

Attention! Some nations believe that ash helps to cope with gynecological diseases.

We cannot say anything about contraindications, the only thing is that this wood is not recommended for very energetically strong people.