The scientific name of guelder rose is Viburnum opulus. This plant is native to Europe. It is a shrub which grows in low rich lands, woods and borders of fields and it is presenting a showy appearance of flowers in June. The flowers of guelder rose are succeeded by red and very acid berries, which resemble to low cranberries and sometimes, they are used as substitutes to them. They remain on the bush after the leaves have fallen throughout the winter. The bark of this rose has no smell, but it has a peculiar bitterish and astringent taste, which gives you a clean feeling in your mouth.
The guelder rose is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K. The size of this plant is from six to ten feet. The flowering season of guelder rose is in May and early June. The leaves of guelder rose are opposite, small, 3 – lobed and they are about two to four inches long. When guelder rose is consumed in large amounts, then it can cause upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea, so use it in moderation. If you are taking any medications, then talk with your doctor before you add guelder rose in your diet, so you will be sure that it will not cause you any side effects. Fruits of guelder rose are consumed raw or cooked.
You can use guelder rose for making preserves and jellies. Fruits of guelder rose are used as a substitute for tea or coffee. Here are some health benefits of guelder rose:
Guelder rose helps in sedative
This is rich in valerenic acid which is related to the sedative herb Valerian. Also, it is acting as a sedative and anti – spasmodic. The mild sedative effect of this home remedy can be enhanced by combining with other hormone – regulating and sedative herbs.
It has relaxant properties which can help to increase the circulation and blood flow. Relaxed muscles can work efficiently and they can make improvements in the blood flow. This can support the elimination of waste products from the body. Also, it has vasodilator properties which widen blood vessels and allow the blood to flow more easily and exerts positive effects on the blood pressure.
It can help to restore the parasympathetic and sympathetic balance in the voluntary and involuntary muscle spasms of the autonomic nervous system. The parasympathetic controls rest and the sympathetic controls fight. The digest – balance between these two systems is very important for the overall vibrant health. It can ensure that the right resources are in the rate place and in the right time.
Guelder rose good for cramps
The bark of guelder rose has anti – spasmodic properties which can help to treat all types of cramps in the body. This is including skeletal muscle, bronchial, gastrointestinal and genitourinary spasms. This is a skeletal – muscle relaxant, which means that it is very effective home remedy for leg cramps.
This is acting as natural muscle relaxant. It can give you a relief from the menstrual cramping due to its ability to halt smooth muscle spasms. Also, it will give you a relief from the muscle spasms and aches throughout the body which are associated with PMS and physical exertion. Also, it can help you to deal with high blood pressure, kidney issues, headaches, dizziness, stomach pain and leg swelling. This is a good reason why you should add guelder rose in your diet.
This is a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus. It is used as a home remedy for the treatment of gynecological disorders, such as ovarian cysts and painful periods.
There are some studies in which are said that the guelder rose can block spasms of smooth muscle. It can be used as a home remedy for menstrual cramps following PMS. It can help to soothe the severe cramping that is associated with sweaty chills, nausea and vomiting. You should boil two teaspoons of dried bark of guelder rose in one cup of water and then, simmer it for about 10 – 15 minutes. You should drink this home remedy three times per day for menstrual cramps.