Medicinal plants

Red grapevine

Vitis vinifera, a millennial history

Vitis vinifera is a climbing shrub that produces grapes. This fruit is the basis of wine production already in Roman times. The roots of this plant therefore go back to a very remote past. Its innumerable properties are fully exploited until the end of its reproductive phase. The life cycle of the vine can last about 20-30 years. The annual cycle, on the other hand, lasts from March to October. It begins with the production of the first buds at the end of winter and ends in late October. In autumn the leaves of the vine take on a suggestive red color. As a function of this transformation, the term red vine is used to indicate the vine in autumn. The vineyards that shone a radiant green during the summer now take on shades reminiscent of autumn.

Scope of the red vine


In the fall, the red vine offers its last benefits before concluding its annual cycle. The red leaves can be used to prepare useful remedies for blood vessels. A sedentary lifestyle often leads to swollen legs, dilated capillaries and varices. In women they are unsightly blemishes for which there is a valid solution. The mineral elements contained in the red vine are important antioxidants. Anthocyanins, flavones, catechins and polyphenols bring significant benefits. Seeds, skins and sap are other parts of the vine used for therapeutic purposes. On the market, there are various types of preparations that involve oral intake, cosmetic use and applications. They are distributed by herbalists and specialized shops who will indicate their correct use.

Mother tincture of red vine


The mother tincture of red vine is a preparation that is obtained by leaving the leaves to macerate in a hydroalcoholic solvent. The freshly harvested leaves are used so as not to disperse its precious components. The active ingredients on which it is based are resveratol, a pesticide produced by life itself, quercetin, rutin, fatty acids and vitamins. Oral intake is recommended in a dosage of 1-2 times a day. 30-40 drops can be diluted in water or other beverage. Regular use of the preparation strengthens the capillaries making them less permeable and promotes micro-circulation. Its use can also be extended for problems of low diuresis and hemorrhoids. Less sedentary life and correct nutrition help to make the treatment effective.

Red vine: Other preparations with red vine


A good herbal tea based on red vine can be prepared by boiling the leaves for 5-10 minutes. So, strain and drink. Drinking 3-4 cups of this decoction between meals favors the solution of circulatory disorders. A decoction of leaves together with buckthorn and sea oak is useful against cellulite. The ingredients are boiled and left to infuse for 10 minutes, filter and drink. For external use, compresses and baths can be prepared. In the hot water of the tub, spread a handful of leaves for each liter. This method is effective for circulation and menstrual flow. Red vine packs can be applied against chilblains. In winter, the hands are often chapped. Immersing them in a solution of water and red vine will restore softness and elasticity. Generally,

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