Plants and Health

Ash: formidable against cellulite


Comprising about sixty species living exclusively in temperate zones, the ash is a tree belonging to the Oleacea family. It is generally identified by its compound leaves and clusters of dried fruits, often called "bird tongues".

This tree, symbol of the sustainability of life, is described as "sacred" due to the fact that it is attributed with great curative powers. Which ? Overview…

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Le Frêne: for the record

By its etymological definition, the word ash would come from Latin « fraxinus "To designate the"birch " due to color clear sound bark.

On the European continent, for some, the ash was famous for its curative power.

Indeed, it was used to heal umbilical hernia of infant.

For others, the leaf black ash was considered a antidote against the snake bite. It would therefore stop the effect of venom.

The legend even goes that, the snakes even avoided crawling near the tree "so as not to touch the shadow" it cast on the ground!

Today the word "ash "Is at the origin of many surnames the best known of which are: Dufrêne, Frenoy, Dufraisse, Fresnay, Frassati, Fressonnet, Fressinnet or even Fresnoy.

As to toponyms which are derived from it, it is Frasseto, Fresnes, Fraisse or Fresnée, which will be mainly retained.

Ash and its health benefits

> In medicine

Belonging to the Oleaceae family (Oleaceae), ash is listed in the French pharmacopoeia for his leaves whose virtues are famous for their effects :

laxative and diuretic to fight against cellulite. It is therefore indicated in conjunction with a weight loss diet and to facilitate urinary elimination.

anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic to relieve thearthritis, thearthritis, and the rheumatism. It is also indicated to reduce gout attacks.

As to white ash, the virtues of its bark would be recognized to treat dysmenorrhea.

Note that the chewing gum ash produces the mannite : a purgative polyalcohol widely used in Medicine.

> In gastronomy

Depending on the species, the chewing gum of ash is very sweet. It therefore produces mannose.

More so, his bark East edible and his leaves whose properties are qualified as refreshing are greatly appreciated.

The chewing gum of some species has been used to sweeten food.

Some children particularly appreciate it and revel in it in the form of treat.

Finally, the fruits (young) in addition to relieving rheumatic pain, are used to prepare a marinade.

· Uses, dosage / instructions for use

Used by internal way, ash leaves should be boiled before being consumed as ’infusion.

To do this, measure a handful of leaves per liter of water.

After bringing everything to a boil (in order to get rid of their bitterness), let stand for about ten minutes. You can add a little lemon juice before drinking (at will) the ash infusion.

You can also prepare medicinal wine ash-based. For this, it is advisable to incorporate about 20 ash leaves in 1 L of white wine. Then, let it marinate for a few days before consuming it.

In external use in the form of poultice, it is recommended to bring ash leaves to a boil. Then, let everything sit for about ¼ hour.
Then, to relieve a pain, apply them in compresses to the targeted area.

Ash: for what uses?

Ash leaves are used both internally and externally.

Some make it medicinal wine ash-based, allowing about twenty leaves to macerate in 1 liter of white wine for a few days.
For others, it is consumed as herbal tea. To do this, it is advisable to pour a handful of ash leaves per liter of water into boiling water. Then let it steep for 10 minutes before drinking it.

Some recommend replacing half of the ash leaves with ash leaves. Cassis.

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Finally, this excellent remedy for rheumatism is also used externally. For this, it is recommended to boil the ash leaves for ¼ hour. Then apply them in compresses on painful places.

In some regions, ash leaves are the quintessential antiserpent. Drinking an infusion of 250 g of ash leaves and applying their marc on the wound after a viper bite, would relieve the victim.

Ash culture

How is ash grown?
Very widespread in temperate regions of Europe, the ash is grown on cool, clayey and deep soils. As the roots of ash fear moisture, it should only be planted in well-drained soil.

Key dates, sowing

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