Medicinal plants and herbs

When I was a child, I was often ill. Because I could not take any pills, my mother used to treat me with healing herbs and hydrotherapy. When I grew up, I started collecting medicinal plants and herbs myself. Most of them were growing on my parents’ land. The tea made from these herbs not only helps to treat various ailments, but also tastes good.

You can purchase medicinal plants and herbs in a pharmacy or herbal remedy store or collect them yourself. Each plant has its own time for collection, so you may like to consult an herbal reference book. If you collect the blossoms, they should be firm and in the best of their color. All plants should be collected in clean places, away from roads or other kind of pollution. They should be dried in a shade and stored in a dry place.

These are medicinal plants and herbs that I am most familiar with:

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Relaxing and calming. Can be used for sleep disorders and for digestion-related problems, such as stomach aches, bloating and diarrhea.

Externally can be used to treat skin inflammation, sores and wounds. It strengthens weak hair, reduces dandruff and can be used cosmetically for blond hair.

Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)

Can be used both internally and externally as a remedy for gynecological (female) health problems.

Reduces inflammation, controls bleeding and soothes irritated tissue.

Traditionally used for abdominal cramps and constipation.

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

An effective remedy for digestion-related problems, such as strong stomach aches.

The tea should be swallowed very fast, because the taste is very bitter and unpleasant. Can add some sugar.

The plant can also be used to repel pests, fleas and moths.

Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum)

Can be used for the treatment of cough.

Cowslip (Primula veris)

Can be used for the treatment of cough.

Lime Tree

Can be used to treat colds, cough, fever, infections, inflamation, high blood pressure and headahe.

Raspberry

Used to treat colds, flew, tonsillitis, diarrhea, dysentery and high blood pressure.

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Can be used to treat cough.

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

Can be used to treat cough.

Woodland Strawberries (Fragaria vesca)

Helps to treat diarrhea.

Black Currant (Ribes Nigrum)

Reduces high blood pressure. Can be used to treat cough.

St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Widely known as an herbal treatment for depression and a number of other ailments.

Should not be used for more than 4 weeks and by people with high blood pressure.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

An effective remedy for the reduction of anxiety. Can be used to alleviate heart aches.

Valerian root drops can be obtained in pharmacies.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Used externally to strengthen weak hair.

Common Hop Plant (Humulus lupulus)

Used externally to strengthen weak hair. Cones can be put in a pillow to treat sleep disorders.

Common Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus)

Used externally to strengthen weak hair.

Caraway (Carum carvi)

Reduces bloating and helps other digestion-related problems.

Increases the production of milk in breast-feeding women.

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