Lilac is a widespread ornamental shrub in our gardens. It smells wonderful and its purple or white flowers will delight every eye. And the bees that are happily buzzing in it? They harmonize the tones of summer into the typical and familiar form that many of us still have associated with childhood. But the plant is not just beautiful. It is also medicinal, used in cosmetics, and will surprise you and its use in the kitchen.
Even if the lilac does not have a single healing property, it will still be unique. It is an extremely beautiful shrub, which simply has to dispel any bad mood. Just look at the flowers and it’s very nice in the world. When it comes to colors, the bush can bloom in blue, lavender, white, old pink, purple, and a hint of purple. One rich color of flowers is nicer than the other and the lilac scent is a summer favorite.
History of lilacs
We meet lilacs in gardens and cities along roads and sidewalks. The first shrubs were probably imported to Europe in the mid-16th century by imperial envoys from Constantinople. It was the most common species of lilac (Syringa vulgaris). His homeland is Southeast Europe and Asia. Another species is the Chinese lilac (Syringa x Chinensis). It is a cross between a common lilac and a Chinese Syringa, which was bred in France around 1777. The two species differ from each other at first sight in the shape of leaves. However, both produce beautiful and fragrant flowers.
Health benefits of lilacs
The plant has historically been used against intestinal parasites and in the treatment of malaria. It was applied in the 19th century to reduce fever, but its effects were not 100%. Flowers have astringent properties. They are used as a toner on the face or for minor injuries. Lutein in lilac petals can help reduce the likelihood of cataracts and can be effective in preventing macular degeneration. Lilac oil is used in aromatherapy to help with depression and anxiety.
Lilac is not only in cosmetics
Lilac oils are a reliable tool or aid in aromatherapy when it comes to migraines, headaches, anxiety, mild depression, gloomy thoughts, feelings of distress, and various blocks. The scent of lilac helps with all this.
Thanks to the intoxicatingly divine scent, lilac is widely used in the field of cosmetics. We make luxurious soaps, shower gels, soothing gels, softening shaving gels, and creams and we must not forget perfumes. Lilac perfumes are amazing and their unique scent is very memorable. A woman who uses such perfume makes a friendly impression on the surroundings. Its scent evokes in people a feeling of freshness, openness, sincerity, and exceptional sensuality. It also goes hand in hand with eroticizing and aphrodisiac effects.
Healing effects of lilac
You can use the anti-inflammatory and antipyretic lilac both externally and internally. Let’s look at its healing effects and possibilities specifically.
Internal use through tea, tincture, syrup, oil, etc .:
- helps with cough
- helps with bronchitis
- relieves sore throat
- helps with rheumatism
- bad mood
- severe headache
- upset stomach
- stomach cramps
- menstrual cramps
- strengthens immunity
- cleanses the upper respiratory tract
- cleanses the blood
- protects the liver
- detoxifies the body
- maybe an alternative to mouthwash
External use through tiles, ointments, etc .:
- helps to relax stiff muscles
- disinfects the skin
- helps to heal scars
- thanks to UVA and UVB, it easily protects the skin from the sun’s rays
- helps with skin problems
- for headaches
- for rib pain
- is effective against some yeasts and molds
- suitable for rinsing intimate areas
- helps against dandruff
- beautifully perfumes the skin
Use of lilac in the kitchen
If you think that edible lilac has nothing to do in the kitchen, you are wrong. You can decorate desserts, lemonades, summer desserts, and ice cream with small flowers. You can also combine the smell and specific taste of lilac with jams, cake fillings or to make puddings special. But if you work with lilacs in the kitchen, always let the flowers wither a little after collection. This will give the insect that has settled in the flowers enough time to leave.
You can also prepare tasty and healing tea from lilac, which helps with cough, swollen almonds, and diet. It is nothing more than water a handful of lilac flowers with boiling water. You let it brew for half an hour and that’s it. If you want to make tea this year, be sure to dry the lilac as well.
In the end, there is nothing complicated about preparing cooked or uncooked lilac syrup. The result is always a delicious mix that you can taste pancakes, homemade lemonade, cups, dough, and cocktails.
How to clean flowers
Lilac flowers must be cleaned before processing. Wash each bundle and remove dry or damaged petals. Then divide the flowers into smaller clusters and carefully separate them from the stem. One cup contains about 40-60 individual flowers.
Time of preparation: 20 minutes
Beautifully fragrant, sweet, refreshing. This is a lilac syrup that you can easily prepare from the flowers of this amazing shrub. Diluted with water, the syrup turns into delicious homemade lemonade.
Ingredients for 1 serving
1 cup edible lilac flowers
1 cup cane sugar
1 cup water
0.50 pcs lemon juice
- Clean the young flowers from insects either by tapping them or leaving them on the kitchen counter for a while. The flowers should not be rinsed. Then pluck the flowers.
- Dissolve the sugar in the water in the pot and bring it to a boil.
- Add the ragged lilac flowers and let them bubble slowly for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain the syrup, pour the hot one into a clean and dry bottle, let it cool down, and store in the fridge.
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