Let’s continue our list of “weeds” in our region, with one of the most common and also the most invasive: sofa grass.
Quackgrass (Agropyron repens, Elytrigia repens, Elymus repens, Triticum repens).
Quackgrass is more commonly known as the gardener’s pet, which is considered an invasive and persistent “bank weed”. But this plant contains true virtues for health. Its diuretic, draining, cleansing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antilithiasis, emollient, hypoglycemic and antitussive properties make it an effective remedy for kidney, urine, liver, digestive and respiratory problems.
Quackgrass is consumed mainly internally and has many properties for the body:
- diuretic and cleansing: sofa grass helps remove, drain, release and detoxify the urinary and kidney pathways, helps against water retention (edema). The combination with its properties;
- anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-lithiasis make quackgrass effective against urinary tract infections and inflammation (urethritis, cystitis), stones (kidney, ureteral, bladder stones), renal colic, prostatitis, arthritis, arthritis, oliguria, fluid retention (edema), cellulite, etc. It protects, soothes the urinary tract and prevents recurrences of renal colic and stones. But it is just as effective on the liver system, especially on hepatic colic, gallstones, jaundice, cirrhosis or inflammation of the digestive system (intestine and stomach);
- emollient, emollient: In addition to its anti-inflammatory power, sofas grass softens and relaxes inflamed tissue. It is also useful in cases of stomach spasms, and can be used in cases of transient constipation as a mild laxative;
- antitussives: sofa grass also helps relieve sore throats and relieves inflamed mucous membranes, especially ingested in the form of herbal teas;
- anti-rheumatic: due to its cleansing and diuretic power, sofa grass facilitates the elimination of waste such as uric acid, which is more responsible for certain arthritis. This therefore gives it an effect on arthritis, rheumatic attacks and painful joints;
- hypoglycemia and weight loss: by its effect observed on the metabolism of lipids (and especially cholesterol), decoction of quackgrass root has an anti-diabetic power and becomes a small ally for weight loss.
- in decoction: 20 to 30 g dry rhizome per. liters of water and 2 to 3 cups per. day;
- in herbal tea / infusion: pour the equivalent of 1 tablespoon per plant. cup of warm water, 2 to 3 cups a day;
- in mother tincture: dilute 10 to 20 drops in a glass of water 2 to 3 times a day (avoid in the evening);
- in capsule: see product recommendations according to powder dosage: 1 to 2 grams of powder in a large glass of water, 3 times daily (avoid in the evening);
- in raw juice: you can add the young shoots and leaves to your homemade raw juice with an extractor;
- liquid extract: 10 to 30 drops, 2 to 4 times a day.
It is advisable not to exceed 4 weeks of taking sofa grass.
Quackgrass is a plant without real contraindications when consumed in recommended doses, but it is not recommended:
- pregnant and lactating women and young children due to lack of scientific evidence on this subject;
- in case of allergy to plants of the families Poaceae and Gramineae.
Caution is advised in case of:
- edema related to heart or kidney failure (always seek medical advice);
- hypoglycemic therapy to avoid the additive effect;
- of diuretic drug treatment, to avoid the additive effect.
Overconsumption of quacks can cause:
- a loss of potassium (bound to the diuretic effect);
- abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhea.
Composition and presentation of quackgrass
The main active ingredients in quackgrass are:
- potassium salts;
- polysaccharides (fructans: fructose, inulin, triticin);
- polyols (mannitol, inositol);
- silicic acid, vanilla acid, malic acid;
- traces of essential oils (agropyrene, thymol, carvacrol).
During the great periods of scarcity, the rhizomes were dried, ground, and mixed with wheat to make bread. Quackgrass will also be used to make beer.