BindweedBindweed, also known as morning glory, is a common herb, used in treating various affections.
DescriptionA perennial plant, with a voluble stem, stretched out on the ground, the bindweed's leaves are alternately arranged. The root is thin, long and white colored. The leaves are oval. The flowers are funnel shaped, white colored with pink stripes and have a pleasant smell. Bindweed blooms starting with June till August. It grows on infields, gardens and near roads.
PropertiesThe plant contains resins, tanoids, vitamin C and mineral substances. Therefore it has purgative, choleric and cholagogue properties.
TreatmentsBindweed is used to increase the size of the bile. It has a purgative action, due to the resins that it contains, also being far less irritating. For this purpose an infusion of bindweed leafs is prepared.
For external use it is utilized for furuncles and abscesses. The leaves applied on wounds can stop the bleeding. It is also used in diets based on losing weight, combined with herbs such as dandelion, corn silk, birch or elder.
MixturesBindweed tincture is prepared from 25g of dried plant added to 120ml of alcohol of 75 degrees, and it is then left to macerate for 12 days. Two to three spoonfuls of this mixture are consumed daily, mixed with syrup or honey to mask the bitter taste. One teaspoon is taken each morning on an empty stomach.
Bindweed decoct is obtained from a spoonful of herb mixed in a cup of water. It is consumed 2 times a day.
Bindweed infusion is obtained from 2 teaspoons of herb added to 200ml of boiling water. It is consumed on an empty stomach.
Bindweed tea mixed with other herbs: celandine, milfoil, all-saints'-wort, buckthorn bark, dandelion roots, mint, eglantine, and corn silk, is boiled for 5 minutes, kept to infuse for another 15, partially sweetened with honey and consumed in a quantity of 2-3 teacups per day, 30 minutes before the most important meals.