Introduction: It tastes like rock sugar, and the elderly call it “sugar-reducing grass”. It has many benefits when used to boil water, and it has a miraculous effect on diabetes
After the beginning of winter, although the climate in our southern region has dropped, it still doesn’t feel cold, and the climate is still so dry. It has rained several times in a row for the past few days. When I went out to look, the field was full of green scenery everywhere, and many weeds also sprouted buds from the soil.
There are even some weeds that have not been seen for a long time, such as the weeds we are going to share today, which were very common in rural areas in the past and helped I passed many people, but it became less and less, and today I found it on the side of the road.
This kind of weed is called “sugar reducing grass”. They are all very familiar with Bingtangcao. Why is it called rock sugar grass? This is because its branches and leaves have a sweet taste when chewed, as sweet as rock sugar, so we all like to call it rock sugar grass.
However, its real scientific name is wild licorice, and its aliases are soil licorice, four seasons tea, sweet pearl grass, false licorice, Tonghuacao, knotted pearl, Kochia scoparia And other aliases, it is a subshrub of the genus Scrophulariaceae licorice.
Bingtang grass mostly grows in roadsides, hillsides, fields, wasteland, etc., in Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Hunan, Anhui, Zhejiang, Guizhou, Shanghai, Chongqing and other provinces are distributed, especially in the south.
Friends who know rock sugar grass know that its plant is not tall, about 80 cm high, and it is a relatively short plant. Moreover, its leaves are very small, the flowers are small and the fruit is also small, with many small white flowers, which look like stars and are very beautiful.
The fruit of Bingtangcao not only grows small, but also has many seeds. It will explode, and then it will reproduce everywhere, and its reproductive ability is very strong. Originally, rock sugar grass should grow everywhere. It used to be very common in rural areas, but it has become less and less in recent years. This is mainly caused by the abuse of herbicides.
Another reason is that it was collected in large quantities by everyone, which also led to the gradual decrease of rock sugar grass. So why is rock sugar grass so popular? This is mainly because of its function.
As we all know, the climate in the south is relatively hot and humid, and rock sugar grass is a common herbal tea raw material in the folk, and it tastes as sweet as rock sugar, so It is deeply loved by the common people, and it is excavated every year, especially in summer.
In addition to being used as a herbal tea, Bingtangcao also has medicinal value that should not be underestimated. It has helped many people in the past. Its medicinal whole herb has the effects of clearing heat and dampness, dispelling wind and relieving itching, regulating the middle and relieving cough, and has curative effects on many diseases such as cold and fever, enteritis and diarrhea, dryness of lung cough, dysuria, prickly heat, and skin eczema.
In addition, the Amalin contained in Bingtangcao has a very good Its hypoglycemic effect can alleviate the symptoms of diabetic patients, and at the same time, it has a certain effect on reducing blood sugar and urine sugar, so it is called “Jiaotangcao” by the elderly.
Some old people who know it will pick it and take it home when they meet, then dry it and store it, and use it to boil water to drink every now and then. It tastes as sweet as rock sugar, you can say rock sugar Grass is a kind of “the sweetest Chinese medicinal material”. It can not only be used as medicine, but also can be used as health care medicine, so it is very popular.
My friends, do you have this kind of rock sugar grass in your hometown? It tastes like rock sugar, and is called “sugar-reducing grass” by the elderly. It has many benefits when used to boil water, and it has a miraculous effect on diabetes. If you also have this weed in your hometown, please pay attention to it in time!