Freitag, 11. April 2014

Spring time nature's pharmacy - 2 examples of medicinal plants

During the last 25 years, I was able to experience how wonderful nature cures, in the simplest manner and acts.
Spring and early summer are most valuable times to collect medicinal herbs. 
The best are the days around the full moon. Two important medicinal herbs I would like to introduce.
Both herbs are mainly used to purify and detoxify and have valuable ingredients. Accurate information on the application you can find on the internet, or via information from the pharmacy.
Of course, always collect from unfertilized meadows

Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale

A few mixed, fresh, young dandelion leaves in salads or other dishes, are already a very valuable food supplement.
Prevent or cure liver diseases, such as hepatitis or jaundice; act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse your system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastro-intestinal health; assist in weight reduction; cleanse your skin and eliminate acne; improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhea; prevent or lower high blood pressure; prevent or cure anemia; lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half; eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods; prevent or cure various forms of cancer; prevent or control diabetes mellitus; and, at the same time, have no negative side effects and selectively act on only what ails you.  Then Dandelion is for you.

Lady's smock (Cardamine pratensis)

Extra Tip : Gather lady's smock at th start of the blooming season. 
Use the fresh leaves in a salad or for juice extraction. To dry the herb, tie the plants in a bundle and hang them in a shady location.

Lady's smock, a harbinger of spring with its soft purple flowers, has been used traditionally to make a revitalizing springtime tonic. Also known as "meadow cress" and "cuckoo flower", the herb is rich in minerals and vitamin C and works its medicinal effects whether eaten in salads, prepared as a juice or tea or applied topically.

Plant Facts : Lady's-smock belongs to the Cruciferae, or mustard family. This medicinal plant grows in a height of 8-12 inches. The young leaves in particular have the spicy scent of watercress, which is from the same family.

Origin : Lady's smock is widespread in all grassy regions of Europe. The plant grows best in damp locations along streams and at th edges of forests. It is also found in dry meadows gardens, ditches and cultivated fields.

Parts Used : In general, the young leaves, the shoots and all the flowering, above ground parts are used.

Components : The medically active components contained in lady's smock include bitters and minerals, such as potassium, iron and magnesium, in addition to high levels of vitamin C. also noteworthy are its mustard oil compounds, which stimulate blood flow to the outer layer of skin.

Indications : Because of its high minerals content, lady's smock has a strengthening and invigorating effect and is often recommended in natural medicine. Its mustard oil compounds prompt the liver and kidneys to increase activity. In traditional medicine, the dried plant has been used to prepare a soothing and antispasmodic tea for relieving both stubborn coughs and abdominal cramps. A valuable herb for women, it is often used for menstrual disorders, especially to treat heavy periods. Lady's smock may also be applied topically to promote blood flow to the skin's surface, which can soothe the pain of arthritis and rheumatism and aid in the healing of skin irritations and eruptions.

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