It is an aquatic plant widely used in handicrafts, but also has great value in alternative medicine, thanks to its therapeutic properties.
Properties and benefits
The medicinal properties of cattail include its astringent, diuretic, anti-diarrheal, anti-inflammatory, emollient, tonic, anti-anemic and anti-dysenteric action.
Thanks to its properties, cattail is indicated to treat a number of health conditions, including thrush, dermal inflammation, stomach pain, hematuria, bruises and dislocations, dysmenorrhea, nosebleeds, urinary tract affections, general weakness, among others.
One of the most important properties of cattail is its antiseptic action, which can protect the body from foreign agents, pathogens or microbes.
The gelatinous substance found in young cattail leaves is also known as a potent pain reliever, which can be used to relieve pain and inflammation.
The nutrients and organic compounds found in cattail also act on the skin, being able to heal burns and wounds, in addition to reducing the appearance of scars.
Many people are unaware that this plant – the rhizomes as well as the base of the leaves and stem – can be consumed. There are also some products derived from cattail available on the market, including flour.
To prepare cattail tea, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of rhizome to 1 cup of water. Bring to the fire and simmer for a few minutes. The indication for consumption of this tea is 4 to 6 cups a day.
In addition to tea, parts of the plant are also used to make compresses.
Contraindications and care
No contraindications were found in the consulted literature, but remember that all treatment – including natural ones – must only be done under the guidance of a specialist. Only a doctor will be able to analyze your case carefully and indicate the best treatment.
Remember that plants have certain substances that can cause adverse reactions.