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Horse chestnut: properties, usesiscontraindications. Natural remedies for swollen and heavy legs, hemorrhoids, bruises and varicose veins. The horse chestnut fruit as a symbol of good luck and all the information on horse chestnut as a Bach flower.
L'Horse chestnutis a popular herbal remedy to be used following the prescriptions of an expert herbalist. On this page we will see what are the properties of the horse chestnut, its uses and contraindications.
Horse chestnut, the fruit
Thefruitofhorse chestnutit is known asmad chestnut, for humans it is slightly toxic so it is not edible. The fruit contains active ingredients such as glycoside compounds and saponins (in particular exclin) which in high concentrations can cause haemolysis in humans (breakdown of red blood cells). According to ancient beliefs, carrying a horse chestnut fruit in your pocket would protect you from harm: the grandparents and great-grandparents of those who live in the countryside used to carry the horse chestnut fruit in their pockets to draw good luck! The horse chestnut fruit, still today, is a symbol of luck.
Horse chestnut, natural remedies
The horse chestnut, also known asIndian chestnut, is widely cultivated in Italy as an ornamental tree (for further information on the cultivation of this plant we invite you to read the page entitled "horse chestnut, diseases and treatments "). It has a majestic foliage and from the dense vegetation there are various herbal remedies. In herbal medicine, the active ingredients contained in the seeds are exploited above all from horse chestnut. The compounds that catch the attention of herbalists are a mixture of saponins and flavonoids such as quercetin and rutine, very useful substances to support the well-being of our circulatory system (veins, capillaries, arteries ...). The properties of this plant are perfect for preparing natural remedies to counter chronic venous insufficiency, with particular reference to the lower limbs. Horse chestnut-based remedies increase the resistance and elasticity of the capillaries: excellent for those suffering from tired legs syndrome.
Horse chestnut: properties
Creams and lotions are prepared with horse chestnut extracts. Horse chestnut extract in ointment is recommended as natural remedy against hemorrhoids, to relieve burning and itching. This is not the only homeopathic remedy developed with the active ingredients extracted from the plant!
The glycerine macerate of horse chestnut counts property decongested that it expresses in our circulatory system: those with disorders related to poor blood circulation can exploit it for its property tonics and astringents that help the veins regain tone and improve circulation. Those who suffer from tired, heavy and swollen legs can find in themother tincture of horse chestnuta good ally.
The ointment based on extracts ofhorse chestnutit is used to speed up the healing of bruises and reduce hematomas. The horse chestnut countspropertyanti-inflammatory and promotes cell repair.
L'horse chestnutis counted among theBach flowers, indicated by the nameWhite Chestnut. This Bach flower contrasts obsessive thoughts, brooding and all those negative thoughts that repeat themselves in our mind, hindering our serenity.
Horse chestnut, contraindications
The extracts obtained from the plant parts of the horse chestnut tree are not free of contraindications and side effects. Among the most common side effects associated with the use of natural remedies based on horse chestnut, we find gastrointestinal disturbances and itching. Horse chestnut and its extracts may interact with some drugs, so if you are following a drug therapy of any kind, before administering horse chestnut extracts, ask your doctor for advice.
Preparations based on horse chestnut they could cause problems for those suffering from renal insufficiency but the contraindications and adverse effects are closely related to the type of extract! Before taking any natural remedy, evaluate the contraindications with your trusted herbalist, the expert will advise you on dosages and methods of use.