Badyan: good and bad
Everyone who understands spices knows badyon - a Mediterranean plant whose fruits have a recognizable star shape.In its properties, it is very similar to an anise, and even called sometimes star anise.They differ in their appearance - if the anise is a one-year-old grass, similar to dill, then baden is a tree that grows up to 8 meters and can bear fruit to 100 years.
Interesting! The genus of badies from Asia, and in the countries of this continent - China, Vietnam, India, Cambodia - its glossy seeds are often used as a spice in cooking and as a curative plant in folk medicine.
The composition of the buckwheat is similar to anise, and its energy value is also equal to 337 kcal per 100 g of dried fruit.Half of it is provided by carbohydrates, one-fifth is proteins, 16% of buckwheat consists of vegetable fats.
The antiviral properties of the tub are provided by a large number of vitamins in the composition:
- group B - vitamins B1, B2, nicotinic acid, B4, pantothenic acid, B6, folic acid;
- ascorbic acid;
- vitamin A;
In addition to vitamins, the composition includes a large number of micro- and macro elements.However, essential medicinal and aromatic properties of spices are given to essential oils.Their main component is anethole, which has antiseptic properties.
In addition, bad present is the main source of shikimic acid, which is very important for the pharmaceutical industry.From this substance, natural oseltamivir is obtained, an antiviral that has proven effectiveness in fighting the flu, including avian .
Benefits for humans
Back in Ancient China, tubular was used to treat digestive problems, and to this daySpice is a recipe for folk medicine, aimed at getting rid of pain and colic in the abdomen, including in infants.
In addition, the tuber helps:
- prevent the appearance of cholesterol plaques in large arteries - this is promoted by antioxidants that do not allow fatty acids to oxidize;
- to increase urination and to cleanse the blood of toxins faster;
- to get rid of a headache - for this, badon is used as a means of aromatherapy, the smell of it perfectly relaxes the nervous system;
- improve the condition of the mammary glands - increase secretion during lactation, increase the size of the breast due to estrogen analogues;
- strengthen libido - get rid of frigidity or improve potency;
- get rid of the unpleasant symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Widely used tubercle as a remedy for coughing - it helps to cope with the main symptom of bronchitis or whooping cough, to reduce the intensity of an attack of bronchial asthma.For this, one drop of essential oil of badyan should be added to the usual cough medicine.
The use of Badian tincture for colds is shown: a complex of vitamins in it will help to strengthen the strength of immunity, and the anethole entering into the spice oil will help to remove heat and accelerate recovery.
Harm and contraindications
If a safe dose of Badian oil is increased by only 1-5 drops, it can lead to nausea or vomiting.A larger overdose threatens lung edema. When using spices for the treatment of diseases, you should start with a minimal dose and gradually increase it, constantly monitoring the reaction of the body.
Important! In pregnancy, you can not only treat it, but also add it to food even in small amounts.
Contraindicated in tuberculosis when:
- increased excitability;
- individual intolerance of essential oils.
Badian oil can not be used externally - pure essential oil can cause a skin burn.
Useful advices for
In cooking, badies need to be properly applied.It is added at the end of cooking, 5-10 minutes before the dish is ready.During this time, he will be able to reveal his spicy sweet taste, without spoiling food.To taste badon is similar to anise, but not so cloying, devoid of keenness - because of this, you can not substitute each other with seasonings.
Badian is good for canning vegetables( zucchini, tomatoes, pumpkins).In sweet dishes, it is rarely used, in this case it should be added in minimum amounts - not more than ¼ teaspoon of ground spice per half liter of liquid.Adding the tub to the meat, the dosage can be doubled.
Different kinds of soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are prepared based on badyan - sbiteni, alcohol tinctures, vodka, liqueurs.
The danger of badyan lies in the fact that it is easily confused with a similar poisonous plant that is grown in the Caucasus.Its fruits not only have an unpleasant taste and smell, but can lead to burns of the mucous membranes of the mouth and esophagus.
When choosing a badge, it is important to pay attention to the shade of its brown fruit.The color should be bright;If it is dark brown, then the plant is already old or was stored incorrectly, and lost all the useful properties, not to mention the taste.