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Which plants from the Harry Potter books are there really? You will not find blood-bubble pods, trembling broom bushes, tethered geranium, or the root of an evergreen apple in any botanical encyclopedia. But J.K. Rowling has not thought it all up: Hogwarts also conjure up some real-world herbs and woods.
Mandrake (Mandragora officinarum)ALRAUNE (Mandragora officinarum)
In Harry Potter's mandrake roots, when young, they look like human babies and then grow into "adults" within a year. It is not easy to breed them, especially because you bloodcurdling screaming can lead to numbness or even death. The mandrake is an effective remedy against the fossilized view of the basilisk.
The real mandrake has always been fabled and as witches plant infamous with magic powers. In fact, their shape is reminiscent of a human form. She was also said to have one Liebesdroge to be and to kill the one who dug them out, which is why in the Middle Ages one trained a dog for this task. In proper dosage, it was used as a medicinal plant, among other things for stomach ulcers and convulsions. However, an overdose could also be fatal.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)VALERIAN (Valeriana officinalis)
Harry Potter introduces this ingredient "Potion of the Living Dead" Her, a very strong sleep potion.
The real valerian has been around for centuries medicinal plant Highly valued: Even today he is still considered nerve-calming medicine used. Further application areas besides insomnia and nervousness are stomach cramps, irritable stomach, migraine and menopausal symptoms. The healing effect that was already said to the plant in grandmother's time, has now been scientifically confirmed.
Mugwort (Artemisia)MUGWORT (Artemisia)
Harry Potter also needs the mugwort for the preparation of the "Tranks of the living dead."
The true wormwood is related to wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), from which absinthe is extracted. It is often found on roadsides and has always been considered as Plant of the travelers, because she should help against tired legs. In addition, mugwort is used in natural medicine for loss of appetite, menstrual problems and sleep disorders. It is also used as a condiment for very fatty foods, as the contained bitters the formation of gastric juice stimulate and the food can be digested so better.
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)NETTLE (Urtica dioica)
It helps against boils Potion Harry Potter is brewing from the stinging nettle.
The stinging nettle knows every child - and getting to know each other has left a lasting impression. The highly itchy rashes are from stinging hairs which breaks off at the slightest touch and secrete an acid similar to formic acid. In the Middle Ages, the stinging nettle was not only for medicinal purposes used against all sorts of diseases, especially rheumatism and gout. From the plant fibers a fabric similar to cotton was made: In the fairy tale "The Wild Swans" princess Elisa has to use nettle fibers to weave shirts to save her haunted brothers. Today the nettle is used as a medicinal plant in the form of Teas, dragees and juices offered. Incidentally, while the Great Nettle (Urtica dioica) grows in almost every garden, the small one (Urtica urens) is threatened with extinction.
Iron hat (Aconitum)EISENHUT (Aconitum)
The perennial is an important ingredient for one Potion of the werewolves save from madness.
The true iron hat is the most poisonous plant in Europe and became the Poisonous Plant of the Year 2005 named. In natural medicine, it is one of the most important medicinal plants. The roots of this plant are in the homeopathy used inter alia against influenza infections and cardiac arrhythmias.
Daisies (Bellis perennis)DAISY (Bellis perennis)
Daisies are an ingredient in Hogwarts for the Shrinking potion.
Everybody knows the true daisy, because the little meadow flower does not feel well in undisturbed lawns. It is used both as a medicinal plant blood purifying effect as well as Food, for example in salad.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)GINGER (Zingiber officinale)
In the Harry Potter world you need the ginger for the Grip sharpening potion.
The real ginger is one in the Asian cuisine very appreciated spice, which also in the traditional Chinese medicine broad application finds. There, the root is considered anti-inflammatory and enteric. Regular consumption should potentiating, aphrodisiac and life-prolonging Act.
Sage (Salvia)SAGE (Salvia)
The centaurs of the Harry Potter world use sage to predict the future.
The Latin name of sage is derived from the word "salvare" for "cure" from. Sage is mainly used for sore throat, found as seasoning but also the way to the kitchen. There are many different species, such as silver sage, hungarian sage, muscat sage or pineapple sage. In fact, there is also a sage species that is used to divination was used: the Atzeken Sage (Salvia divinorum). The hallucinogenic effect is scientifically proven.
For the production of wands In the Harry Potter world the most different types of wood were used. Here's a little one Overview:
Yew: Staff of Lord Voldemort
Oak wood: Staff of Hagrid
Ash: Staff of Ron Weasley, Cedric Diggory
Cherry wood: Staff of Neville Longbottom
Mahogany: Staff of James Potter
Rosewood: Staff of Fleur Delacour
Holly Wood: Staff of Harry Potter
Willow: Staff of Lily Potter
Vines wood: Staff of Hermione Granger
White Buchholz: Staff of Viktor Krum