Many plants from the regular garden can help with all kinds of ailments. But which plants should you take if you feel like you have a cold? And what do you take when you feel the flu? And what should you do with those plants to combat all those ailments?
Plants as antibiotics
Many plants have medicinal properties. Some examples:
- If flu is coming: grate some horseradish and make tea from it
- Freckles and spots on the hands: put the horseradish zest in wine vinegar and let it sit for two days and then apply to the freckles and spots.
- Open wounds: apply comfrey. The mucilage of the plant contains a lot of protein and that encourages the tissue to heal
- Other wounds: put St. John’s cross on oil and then place in the sun. Then apply to the wound. This product also keeps the skin supple
- Colds: make fennel tea because it stimulates the mucous membranes
- Sore throat: make anise tea
- For migraines: make rue tea
- Bleeding gums: pass a sage leaf over the gums and the problem is quickly resolved
St. John’s wort
John’s blood and St. John’s wort are the same. Squeezing the flowers produces an oily substance that has been compared to the blood of John the Baptist. In addition, the herb always produces flowers around June 24, which is the feast day of the Holy Apostle John.
The scent of honeysuckle
Many people find the scent of honeysuckle very pleasant. But the honeysuckle does not smell all day long, but only when it is in the warmth. So many plants only release their scent in the evening.
Basil to repel flies
Basil is not only delicious in pasta and in a salad with tomatoes and mozzarella, it also keeps flies at bay.
Monkshood: can be fatal
The Monkshood, a beautiful plant but poisonous, should never be used by anyone. For example, making tea from the plant can be fatal.
The tansy, an old farm plant that is often seen along roads and dirt paths, is medicinal and is used for intestinal cramps and migraines. But because the plant is also poisonous, it should only be used if an herbalist has first indicated the amount. The plant can damage the kidneys and liver. If used too much, a person can even become unconscious.