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Due to its geomorphological characteristics, overall richness of flora and fauna, beautiful landscapes, Blidinje was declared a nature park on 30 March 1995. It is located in the high mountains of the central Dinarides. It covers the area of the mountain massifs of the Čvrsnica and Vran mountains. Blidinje is administratively part of the municipalities of Posušje, Tomislavgrad, Prozor-Rama, Jablanica and the city of Mostar. This unique natural habitat contains many endemic species of flora and fauna. About 1500 plant species have been recorded, of which more than 200 are endemic, subendemic and relict species. The park is home to the largest habitat of endemic white pine amber.
Within the natural park there is Lake Blidinje, Ski center Risovac, Motel “Hajdučke Vrleti” with restaurant, and numerous amenities for private accommodation.
Blidinje Lake is a geomorphological nature monument by which the Blidinje Nature Park is named. The lake is located at the bottom of Dugo Polje (between the Čvrsnica and Vran mountains) at an altitude of 1184 meters above sea level. The surface of the lake is 2.5 to 6 km² with a relatively small depth of one meter to a maximum of four meters.
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Risovac Ski Center is a winter destination for many visitors. There are several ski slopes in the center, from beginners to top skiers, with a four-seater cable car with a capacity of 1942 people per hour and a ski lift. There is a children’s playground at the ski centers.
In addition to skiing, the park’s tourism offer includes: hiking, climbing, mountain biking, free or organized use of the nature park area, educational activities aimed at exploring flora, geology, hydrogeology and similar activities.
In the Blidinje Nature Park grows an Iva-medicinal herb characteristic of these mountain areas. A folk proverb says: The grass iva (Teucrium montanum, pharmacist’s name Teucrii montani herba) makes one alive from dead. Herbalists say this plant is worth as gold.
Herb Iva is a herb natural alterans, amarum, antiseptic, digestive, emenagogue, holagog, holeretic, specific, stomachic and tonicum.
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Herb Iva is a herb natural alterans, amarum, antiseptic, digestive, emenagogue, holagog, holeretic, specific, stomachic and tonicum.
It is used to boost the immune system, and is especially useful if you are exposed to constant stress. In folk medicine, it is used to treat digestive and respiratory organs, and is thought to help with lung tuberculosis. Due to the bitter substances it is irreplaceable in many diseases of the stomach and bloating. By its antiseptic action it destroys pathogens and eliminates harmful substances in the intestines and stomach.
It is effective in diseases of the mouth and throat, various infections, fungi and afts. There is an old folk belief in the Balkans according to which this herb allows mental and physical recovery after a long illness, physical and mental exhaustion. It is thought to help with night sweats in tuberculosis, menstruation problems, liver and lung problems, to stimulate the discharge of excess fluid from the body, and to restore mood in depression.
Iva herb tea cures spasms and cleanses blood. It is used against all types of fever and as an aid in diabetes. Research shows that the level of antioxidant substances in tea is equal to that in ginkgo and green tea, known for its remarkable healing properties.
Tincture of Iva herb helps with hemorrhoids and liver and bile diseases because it stimulates the formation and flow of bile acid. As a bath it has a beneficial effect on the skin, especially when it comes to wounds and skin changes. It is very popular in the form of balm to relieve rheumatism. Moreover, it is considered by many to be the universal cure for most diseases.
It is very similar to its most common neighbor, the gentle sandstone (Arenaria gracilis), and is recognizable by its small shrubs with pale yellowish flowers at the tips of twigs. The stems are mostly raised and partly woody. It usually grows as a perennial dense bush near a stony ground. The leaves are linear-lanceolate, white on the bottom and dark green on the upper. The flowers are pale yellowish, compacted at the apexes.
The plant blooms from June to August
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Herb Iva has a very aromatic and very bitter taste. It is most commonly found in dry, warm and rocky places, at altitudes of about 800 m or more, mostly on the southern slopes. In short, it grows most on the warm slopes of hills and mountains and on rocky outcrops. One of the known habitats is the western slopes of Učka.
It is harvested during flowering, only the aboveground part of the plant, so the leafy flower tips of the branches are cut off with sharp scissors. Leave at least a third of the flowers intact for plant renewal. They should be dried quickly, in a warm and airy place, but in the shade. Contains essential oil, choline, heterozide, treslovin, saponin and bitter substances.
Top 15 Health Recipes:
1. To clean the blood, pour a tablespoon of dry and shredded willow with 250 ml of boiling water. Cover and cook for two minutes, then strain after 15 minutes. Drink 3 cups of fresh unsweetened tea 3 times a day, before main meals.
2. Against hemorrhoids and bile Dip twenty grams of herb in 100 milliliters of cognac. Let it stand for two weeks. Against bile or hemorrhoid disease, you drink 20 drops of this tincture three times a day.
3. Strengthening the organism In the organism-boosting tea, mix the willow with the lemon balm, thyme and mullet, preferably in equal proportions. For example, mix 20 grams of each herb. To prepare the tea 1 teaspoon of this mixture, pour over a cup of boiling water and cover and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Strain and drink three times a day for half an hour before eating.
4. Immunity boosting wine Soak 20 grams of willow in a liter of red wine and leave for eight days. Drink one glass three times a day, before eating. You can also try this recipe: grind the dried willow into a coffee grinder. Take one to three grams before meals.
5. Digestive and airways Pour 2 teaspoons of dried herb ive with 2 deciliters of hot water, bring to a boil for half an hour and strain. Drink 2 to 3 cups of tea a day. Tea should not be sweetened to treat the digestive system and tea should be sweetened with honey to treat the respiratory system.
6. Tincture Pour over a liter of 60% alcohol about 200 grams of leaves and flowers of willow. Close the bottle well and keep in a warm place for a month. Strain. Drink 2 to 3 times a day for 15-20 drops, with a little tea or juice.
7. Other tinctures Soak about 20 grams of the herb in 1 decilitre of cognac and leave for 14 days. Strain and drink 20 drops three times a day. It cures bile, white flower disease in women, hemorrhoids and tuberculosis.
8. Tincture against low circulation and varicose veins Prepare 50 grams of dried nettle leaf, dried willow grass, 50 grams of dried cantarion and just as much dried calendula. Mix the herbs and put them in a larger jar or bottle, then add a liter of grapevine or some other quality brandy. Close well and allow to stand for 30 days. In the meantime, the plants will absorb a lot of liquid. Then squeeze them well through the gauze because it is the best part of the brandy. Pour this liquid into a clear glass bottle and store in a cool, dark place. Drink one tablespoon daily, one small spoon in the morning before meals or three times daily before meals.
9. Powder of willow Grind the withered willow grass into a coffee grinder. Take one to three grams before eating.
10. For the treatment of wounds As a bath, willow has a beneficial effect on the skin, especially when it comes to wounds and skin changes. Simply prepare a little lukewarm water in the laurel, then add 20 to 30 drops of tincture and soak the diseased part of the body.
11. Against rheumatism and arthritis Herb iva is very popular in the form of balms to relieve rheumatism. The traditional remedy for the preparation of medicinal fats is lard, which can also be used in the manufacture of this preparation. In three tablespoons of melted, not too hot fat, add two tablespoons of finely chopped dried vegetable parts. Allow the mixture to cool and solidify. Then gently melt and cool it. Repeat the process two more times and then drain the fat into the prepared pans.
12. Tea blend for faster recovery from pneumonia Mix 100 grams of willow grass, then oman (Inula helenium) and despair (Marrubium vulgare). Mix three tablespoons of that mixture with 750 milliliters of boiling water, stir and cover. Allow to stand for 30 minutes. Strain and drink unsweetened throughout the day in smaller sips.
13. Tea mix to normalize liver function Mix 20 grams of willow, Silybum marianum and dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) each, and grind the herbs in a blender. Store in a well-sealed jar and store in a dark place. Take one teaspoon of powder each day with a little water or mint tea, three times a day, half an hour before meals. The course lasts a month.
14. Bitter Herb for Digestion and Appetite Improvement Mix 20 grams of willow grass and 10 grams of Gentian lutea, Teucrium chamaedrys and Acorus calamus. Put the herbs in a clean, dry jar or bottle and pour over a liter of strong fruit brandy. Close well and leave in a dark and cool place for 12 days, occasionally shaking. Strain and drink one cup before eating.
15. Acne blend Drink half a liter of tea each day from a blend of equal amounts of lemon balm leaves, sage leaves, sage leaves, willow leaves and flowers, creeping stalks, and creeping roots. All plants need to be very chopped and mixed. Put 5 g of herbs in a liter of boiling water and cook for 1/2 minute. Cool, pour into a bottle and keep clogged.
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