Begonia is a delicate decorative flower. There are several types of this plant. Some of them bloom magnificently, others delight the eye with painted leaves. The plant does not require special conditions for growth, begonia is unpretentious in care.
Also, this flower is an excellent air purifier and humidifier. But can begonia be poisonous? What benefits and harms does the plant bring?
In the article we will tell you about what medicinal properties the plant has and how to use it for medicinal purposes so that such recovery is beneficial.
The green parts of begonias contain an abundance of various micro- and macroelements. Among the main ones:
- potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc;
- organic acids;
- proteins and sugar;
- slimy, resinous substance.
All parts of the plant contain acids: succinic, ascorbic, some varieties contain oxalic. The leaves of the plant contain fatty acids (oleic, linoleic).
Reference! The rich chemical composition of begonia is a source of effective treatment. All green parts of the plant are widely used in the field of traditional medicine, on their basis, pharmaceutical preparations are made.
Useful properties for home and person
The benefits of growing this plant lie in its cleansing and disinfecting properties. Begonia leaves in large quantities contain phytoncides - biologically active substances that stop the growth and reproduction of bacteria and fungi.
In the room where this decorative beauty stands, the air becomes cleaner and fresher.
And this also affects the state of a person:
- general strengthening of immunity;
- increased efficiency;
- fighting fatigue;
- ensuring a good mood.
Healthy begonias will cleanse the air of dust and toxic elements, will reduce the content of staphylococcus bacteria. The plant also perfectly neutralizes chemical fumes from synthetic materials, plastic. Because of this property, a pot with begonia is a mandatory attribute of children's rooms, bedrooms, living rooms. We talked about whether it is possible to keep a plant at home in our material.
Is it poisonous or not?
Is this plant poisonous? Only 1 species is poisonous. This is an ever-flowering begonia and its hybrids (Senator, Emperor, Queen and others). All parts of this flower are equally poisonous. Upon contact with the mucous membranes, their irritation or burns occur, if ingested, poisoning begins: symptoms of intoxication, nausea and vomiting appear.
Pots with ever-flowering begonias in the living area should be placed above the accessibility of children and animals. These can be high shelves, cabinets, or hanging in planters.
The healing effect of begonia has been proven and confirmed by scientists. The green parts of the plant have antiseptic, anti-allergic and analgesic effects.
The healing properties of begonia are also as follows:
- acceleration of wound healing, burns;
- improved capillary circulation;
- removal of toxins from the body;
- anti-spasmodic action;
- fighting dehydration;
- help for sore joints.
|Diluted juice is used.||Shelf life - no more than 3 days. Used only for external use: compresses, lotions, douching. Warm up in a water bath before use.|
|Preparation of tincture for oral administration.||Dilute 10-15 drops of the resulting infusion in 1 tbsp. water and drink 3 times a day 20-30 minutes before meals. The course of treatment is 1 month.|
|Headache, migraine||Drink the liquid immediately after preparation in slow but large sips.|
|Otitis media and ear pain||Tear off a leaf of the plant, rinse it, twist it with a tube and gently insert it into the ear.||Change the sheet every 2-4 hours.|
|Bruises, sprains||Tear off a leaf of begonia, rinse and apply the outside to the sore spot.||Do the procedure at night.|
The presented recipes, and especially those that involve ingestion, require mandatory agreement with the doctor. Self-medication can reverse the expected effect.
What are the health risks?
Harm occurs when dosages are not followed in the process of preparing infusions.
- Uncontrolled ingestion can cause severe poisoning.
- If the juice of a poisonous begonia gets on the mucous membrane of the eye, short-term blindness may develop.
- Pure undiluted juice on contact with the skin causes burning sensation, severe itching and burns.
- Eating the leaves can lead to an upset stomach.
Contraindications and risks
The main contraindications for starting treatment with begonia are pregnancy and lactation, young and adolescent age, individual intolerance and a high tendency to allergies. Also, you should not start treatment during an exacerbation of chronic ailments or during an epidemic of acute respiratory viral infections, influenza.
It is forbidden to drink pure begonia juice and apply to open wounds. It is not recommended to eat the leaves, but flowers and tubers can be eaten, but very carefully, observing the dosage and medical prescriptions.
Begonia is an amazing houseplant. It effectively purifies and humidifies the air, neutralizes chemical vapors. The green parts are used to treat various pathologies. But begonia can be harmful. It is forbidden to start treatment without first consulting a doctor.