The common hornbeam, scientific name Carpinus betulus, is a tree belonging to the Betulaceae family, characterized by oblong leaves and able to reach 15-20 meters in height. Thanks to its leaves, rich in gallic acid, an antioxidant substance, and to its buds, rich in biostimulants that are substances that regulate the development of embryonic tissue and therefore with all the strength of the plant, the common hornbeam is widely used in herbal medicine. In addition to the glycerin macerate, useful to treat inflammations of the upper airways and already described in a previous post, the hornbeam is used to prepare the decoction and the mother tincture. These remedies are useful to overcome drowsiness and fatigue, both physical and mental, depression, anxiety, are able to increase vitality, energy and give a sense of wellbeing, improve the quality of sleep and act with antibiotic, cicatrizing and astringent properties to treat sore throats, infections or inflammation of the oral cavity, digestive problems and diarrhea.
Bring to a boil 5 grams of hornbeam in 100 ml of water, simmer for 5 minutes, then filter. Use for rinsing and gargling in case of sore throat or irritation of the oral cavity. Drink twice a day and continue the treatment for 1 month to counteract tiredness.
To increase the vitality and improve the quality of the sleep you can take the mother tincture, 40 drops in water.