What is a good edible envelope

Nature supplies us with treasures - we just have to look carefully. For example on the wild herbs.

Folk medicine values ​​them as medicinal, power and edible plants. However, fewer and fewer people are familiar with it and know about its effect. Together with herbal expert Karoline Grün, Daniela Illich has selected the top 10 local wild herbs.

1 nettle

We all know the burning properties of the nettle. Perhaps that is why we prefer to avoid them. It is not that simple, however, because it grows undemanding on roads, paths and forest edges, houses and fences. It is exactly the right weed for beginners. It is easy to spot with its serrated leaves. The shamans already knew about their healing properties, as did the anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner: He called them the “everyday guy”. The nettle heals, nourishes and strengthens with all its parts - leaves and seeds, stems and roots. It detoxifies and is diuretic, blood-purifying and blood-forming. It promotes the metabolism and helps with spring fatigue. Its iron content is high, especially in the young shoots and the waxing moon in May, and it is rich in vitamins. As a soup, casserole, spinach, tea, ointment or tincture. Collection time for the herb all year round, seeds from August, roots in spring and autumn. It is an important part of the 9-herb soup on Maundy Thursday.

2 yarrow

The yarrow is a classic of folk medicine. Their sounding nicknames: Achilles herb, because the Greek hero healed his own wounds. Or bellyache herb, because nowadays it is mainly used for digestive complaints and gynecological problems. The umbel-shaped white meadow herb also supports the circulation and helps with wound healing. It is blood purifying and diuretic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. The upper two thirds of the flowering herb is harvested from June and processed into teas, tinctures and bath additives. Warning: yarrow has allergenic potential.

3 John's wort

St. John's wort is associated with the sun and collects its strength. On the darker days, these are given to the people. That is why the soul balm is also called "arnica of the nerves": It is mood-enhancing and calming, helps with nervousness, insomnia and relieves anxiety. It relieves inflammation and pain and heals burns, joint and muscle ailments. Also good for scar care. The flowering herb and yolk yellow flowers are processed into oil, tea and tinctures. Harvest time around the summer solstice in June on roadsides and embankments.

4Arnica

Arnica has become rare in the wild and is therefore under nature protection! The hot plant with the yellow-orange flowers is nicknamed "Bergwohlverleih" because it grows mainly in the mountains. It is anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing and relieves pain, promotes blood circulation, is antiseptic, decongestant - and is slightly toxic. It should therefore not be used internally, only in homeopathic form! For trauma of all kinds, for example after surgery or wound injuries. External use in the form of tinctures (as a poultice for bruises) or ointment. Collection time at the end of June, beginning of July.

5dandelions

For some, the dandelion, like the nettle, is a childhood memory: the sun-shaped yellow dandelion can do so much more. Like other spring plants, it has a blood purifying effect. It stimulates the digestive organs, kidneys and bladder and loosens old waste products. The tea consisting of roots, leaves and flowers is ideal for a spring cure. The young leaves can be found from March. They contain vitamins A, C and minerals and are a wonderful wild herb salad. The dandelion is a good supplier of bitter substances and, in the form of its roots, is also suitable for diabetics because of its inulin content. It strengthens the immune system and helps against liver and biliary weakness, among other things. A dandelion honey is cooked from the flowers.

6women's coat

Its name gives it away - lady's mantle is a wild herb that is increasingly used in gynecology. It can be found in meadows and open forests. Because of its phytosterols, it has a balancing and relaxing effect. The lady's mantle leaves are goblet-like and often collect dew drops in the middle. That is why it is also called heavenly dew. From May onwards, golden yellow flowers appear. They often cover entire meadows. The "alchemist's herb" is also good for stomach and intestinal complaints and has a calming effect. As a tea, tincture or bath additive.

7black elderberry

The elder or elder is the classic from grandmother's kitchen, an enrichment for the menu. As juice or jam, puree, roaster or biscuits. But be careful with raw fruits! They are slightly laxative and encourage nausea. Therefore always heat to over 80 degrees! And it is also a replacement for the medicine cabinet. The flower tea helps with colds, fevers and flu, because it is fever-lowering, expectorant and antispasmodic and defenses. The leaves have a strong diuretic effect. You can also use the flowers to make an ointment that cares for cracked hands. The flower umbels are collected from May / June, the elderberries from the end of August to October.

8 Legs well

If only it were so easy more often: Comfrey is good for your legs! And for the bones: bruises, joint pain, broken bones, sprains, rheumatism, gout. It has an analgesic, wound healing and anti-inflammatory effect. It promotes callus formation in the case of broken bones. The rough-leaved plant stands in damp places, preferably on clay soils, and glows with its purple bell blossoms from May onwards. Externally, it is applied to the areas to be treated as an ointment or poultice.

9 Mugwort

Mugwort grows relatively inconspicuously on roadsides and in bushes from June to September. And that although it can be up to two meters high. Its leaves are rather dark, the flowers inconspicuous. It is an ancient medicinal and shamanic plant that was used as incense to drive away disease demons and was worn as a belt for the summer solstice fire. Paracelsus already knew that even as a woman's herb it gets everything flowing and purifies the blood. It stimulates the circulation, has an antispasmodic, warming and strengthening effect. Hildegard von Bingen used it for purification. As a digestive spice, the flowers are often used with fatty foods.

10 Masterwort

Masterwort, with its bitter substances and essential oils, is the master of all medicinal roots and an old pest herb. It is strong and aromatic and, as an umbellifer, it is easy to confuse it with other white flowers. She likes the calcareous rock of the Alps and moderately warm, humid places. It cleanses the entire intestinal tract, stimulates the digestive juices and prevents flatulence. And it strengthens the immune system. The root is collected in spring and autumn and used as tea, tincture and steam bath.

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