Goose onions (geydzhiya, gageya, bird onions, yellow snowdrops) are a small herbaceous bulbous plant of the lily family, widely distributed almost throughout Eurasia and northern Africa.
Medicinal properties of goose onions due to its chemical composition.
Both the grass and the bulbs of the plant are rich in sulfur-containing garlic essential oils.
In addition to oils, bulbs also contain carotene, B vitamins, ascorbic acid, enzymes, a number of organic acids, phosphorus, calcium, sugars, nitrogenous compounds, saponins, glycosides, bioflavonoids.
Small onion bulbs are edible. Moreover, when fresh, they are a storehouse of vitamins and trace elements necessary for the body, so the plant is often used as an effective means of beriberi in the preparation of spring salads. They can also be eaten baked or cooked. Peasants in lean years chopped the bulbs into powder and mixed it with flour from cereals.
In folk medicine, the use of goose onions is advisable as a disinfectant (antiseptic), wound healing and pulling agents.
A decoction of bulbs has long been considered an effective medicine for jaundice, edema, bronchial asthma. As an external agent, it was used to accelerate the healing of old wounds and difficult healing ulcers. With the juice of a yellow snowdrop, the places of insect bites are treated, the bulb is crushed into a gruel applied to the foci of inflammation.
Useful properties of goose onions are used to improve the overall tone of the body, combat chronic fatigue, improve overall health.
To make the plant as useful as possible, goose onions should be harvested for food for the last weeks of spring or early summer, for medicinal purposes - in early spring (before flowering) or in the fall.
Indications for use
It is worth noting that geyjia is not included in the official list of medicinal plants. But, despite the fact that traditional medicine does not use the healing properties of goose onions, traditional medicine uses the plant in the treatment of diseases such as:
- Open wounds (including difficult and long-term unhealed);
- Trophic ulcers;
- Bronchial asthma (as an addition to the main therapy).
Another field of application of the plant is cosmetology. Goose onions has established itself as an effective remedy for acne. In addition, masks based on it are used to cleanse heavily soiled, porous skin, to get rid of freckles, improve complexion. In combination with natural honey, yellow snowdrop stimulates hair growth.
Despite all its value, goose onions also have contraindications. The main is the individual intolerance of substances that make up this plant.
Caution should be used in pregnant women during lactation, in the treatment of children.
If any adverse events occur, consult a doctor.
Homemade Goose Drugs
The use of goose onions inside is possible in the form of a decoction, which is prepared according to this recipe: 1 tbsp. fresh bulbs pour 1/2 cup boiling water, boil for 15 minutes over low heat, insist for 1-2 hours and strain. Take medicine 3-4 times a day and 1 tbsp.
The juice squeezed from fresh bulbs or pulp crushed into gruel is used as a wound healing external agent.
For porous and contaminated skin, a mask with goose onions and honey is recommended. For its preparation, the onions are rubbed on a fine grater, the resulting mass is mixed with a small amount of honey. The mixture is applied on the face in an even layer, avoiding the area around the eyes, left for 10 minutes, then washed off with water at room temperature.
The following recipe is great for regular care for oily skin and anti-acne: mix one dessert spoon of chopped onion bulbs with egg white. Apply the mask on face for 10 minutes, then rinse with water at room temperature. After the procedure, if possible, wipe the skin with an ice cube (preferably with ice from frozen broth of calendula or parsley).
To get rid of freckles will help such a tool: chop the onion bulbs in a mush and squeeze through gauze. The resulting juice twice or three times a day to lubricate the freckles and pigment spots on the face. It should be remembered that after applying the product to the skin for a few hours, exposure to the sun should be avoided.
The mask for normal and dry skin is prepared from a tablespoon of goose onion bulbs, egg-white beaten (one is enough) and cream, rubbed on a fine grater. Cream taken in such an amount that after mixing all the ingredients turned out the mass, the consistency of sour cream. Mass is applied on the face for 10 minutes and washed off with warm water.
You can take care of fading skin with the help of such means: wash the onions, dry and bake in the oven, after cooling down, knead with a fork to a mushy state. Apply the resulting mask on the face that was previously cleaned and smeared with olive oil, wash off with warm water after 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water or rub the skin with an ice cube.
Improve the complexion will help such a tool: 1 tbsp. l chopped onion goose onions mixed with two tablespoons of grated carrots and 1-2 (depending on the fat content) spoons of sour cream. Apply the mask on the face, wash off after 10 minutes with a cotton sponge soaked in black tea brewing. After another 5 minutes, wash with water at room temperature.
To stimulate hair growth 2 tbsp. l gruel of onion bulbs mixed with 1 tbsp. l honey, the mixture is rubbed into the scalp, washed off with water in half an hour and washed with suitable shampoo hair.