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Medicinal herbs have always been an important part of treating diseases and ailments of many kinds. In the past, tinctures and herbal remedies were the only effective remedies. Later, chemical supplements pushed for the big market of health. Today, medicinal herbs are becoming increasingly important again as they support healing processes and often have fewer side effects than comparable drugs.
About 90,000 herbal supplements are offered on the pharmaceutical market. This shows how important medicinal herbs are.
The herbs have been used in folk medicine for centuries. There used to be wise herbal women who passed on their knowledge from one generation to the next. Today, homeopathy is back on the rise. Used for a long time only by naturopaths, this classic healing method is increasingly used today by ordinary physicians.
But blind trust in medicinal plants is not advisable. A number of medicinal plants contain dangerous toxins. They belong alone in the hands of a doctor. These plants, which have a great curative effect and which should nevertheless be left out, include, for example, the Blue Ironhut, the Spotted Hemlock, the Bittersweet Nightshade, Foxglove, and many others.
When dealing with herbs, it is important to know when they should be harvested, how they should be preserved and how they can be processed. If you do not handle them properly, medicinal herbs will quickly lose their healing powers.
In the garden you can grow many medicinal herbs. In order to not doctorate wildly we offer under this heading an overview of plants, the cultivation, the care, the harvest and the processing and application of medicinal herbs.
Schopflavendel - care, cutting and wintering
The Schopflavendel is a popular adornment in every garden. Its aroma is in no way inferior to real lavender, while the flower-like inflorescences provide a special eye-catcher. Nevertheless, the Schopflavendel is an independent plant species, which needs attention especially in the winter in terms of care.
Real laurel - planting, care and propagation
The real laurel, Laurus nobilis, has spread from the Middle East into the Mediterranean to us and Northwest America. As a spice, medicinal and ornamental plant the evergreen real laurel with its dark green shiny leaves also in Germany very popular.
Lovage, plant Maggi's herb - cultivation, care and harvest
Lovage or maggot herb, as the spicy plant is also called, planting is a breeze with the right knowledge. And also for beginners in the garden easily possible. In addition, the herb is an aromatic enrichment for the kitchen and the health.
Edible wild herbs determine: list with 20 herbs
Wild herbs are found everywhere in nature. We do not have to sow them first. Do not toil too hard. Just harvest and enjoy. Sometimes it is the leaves, sometimes the flowers or even the roots, that give our food extra pep.
Brahmi plant, Bacopa monnieri, Small fat leaf - Care of A-Z
Known from the Indian healing arts (Ayurveda), the Kleine Fettblatt is still an insider tip among indoor plants. Long known as aquarium plant, Brahmi is increasingly found on the window sill of the Germans and is due to the unpretentiousness as a particularly easy-care plant.
Irises, irises - plants and care tips
The iris is staged with flowers that are hard to match other garden flowers. In an unbelievably versatile diversity of varieties, a breathtaking iris can be discovered for every design wish and almost every location. Inform yourself here about professional plants and take advantage of practical care tips.
Destroy field horsetail in the lawn and garden
In addition to all its advantages, Acker-horsetail has a dark side that causes hobby gardeners considerable headache. Once horsetail has settled down, it is rare to drive it out completely. However, the prospects of a successful fight are not completely hopeless. Read here how to destroy field horsetail in the lawn and garden.
(Stinkender) hellebore - care, cutting, as a medicinal plant
Stinking hellebore belongs to the buttercup family. He likes calcareous soil, like loam or loess in a loose state. All plant parts are highly toxic, so caution is advised.
Silver thistle plant, Carlina acaulis - care tips
The silver thistle plant or Carlina acaulis, as it is called by its botanical name, is protected in Europe. No wonder, because the decorative thistle is rarely found in nature.One more reason to grow the plant in your own garden. The following care tips reveal what is important.
Field Light Herb (Thlaspi arvense) - Wanted Poster and Care
Ackerhellerkraut is an almost inconspicuous plant, which it has in itself. The plant has been used for centuries against a variety of diseases. And hobby cooks enjoy the delicate leaves of the cruciferous plant in spring. Learn more about the plant and how to cultivate it in the garden.
Star anise plant, cultivate the Illicium verum yourself
Illicium verum, as the true star anise is botanically designated, is especially known from the Christmas bakery. It owes its name to the eight-pointed, star-shaped fruit capsules, which are used whole or ground. Due to lack of hardiness it is cultivated exclusively as a container plant. Who wants to grow it himself should pay attention to fresh seeds.
Collect stinging nettle seeds - all about harvest, drying and effects
Life can be so easy: Bake stinging nettle cake from the stinging nettle seeds and eat on the 1st of January. A good year should follow. The article reveals how to get to nettle seeds and what to do with them and the rest of the plant.
Opium poppy, Papaver somniferum - Can you grow the drug poppy?
The opium poppy, botanically Papaver somniferum, belongs to the poppy family and originates from the Mediterranean area. While the seeds are used as food and for oil production, high levels of alkaloids are found in the plant, especially in the latex. This juice forms the drug opium in dried form. Therefore, the cultivation in Germany requires approval. If and under what circumstances you may grow the opium poppy as a private individual, you will learn in this article.
Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa - Wanted Poster, Care and Harvest
A jewel for the natural garden comes from the outdoors into your green oasis. Blackthorn provides us with tasty fruits, acts as a sight and wind protection and serves birds, insects and other beneficials as a retreat and food source. Find out about the benefits of a Prunus spinosa with tips on care and harvest using the profile.
Wild Mallow, Malva sylvestris - profile and care
The wild mallow captivates as a summer flower dream, valuable kitchen plant, effective herb and natural coloring. In order to cultivate this floral all-rounder in your own garden, the historic Malva sylvestris does not demand much from you. Get to know the frugal cheese poplar based on your profile and explore the uncomplicated care.
Horsetail, fighting Equisetum arvense Vs. herb
Horsetail challenges hobby gardeners like no other plant. Equipped with an unbeatable concept of survival, Equisetum arvense can hardly be driven out of the garden. In contrast, the vascular spore plant has much promised healing powers, prevents and cures dreaded plant diseases. The question arises: fight or cultivate as a medicinal herb? Follow our attempt at an objective approach.
Daphne - care, cutting and augmenting
The distinctive flowering plant Seidelbast is a welcome guest in every garden. Already early in the year, it captivates with opulent flowers, followed by a decorative foliage dress and a pretty berry trimming. Rather puristic is the ornamental wood in terms of its claims. Explore here all the details about care, cutting and augmenting.
Spring gentian, gentiana verna - care
In the mountains, the distinctive small plant with the bright blue flowers has become rare and is now considered endangered species in the Alps. If you want to admire a spring gentian, you can also plant it in your own garden. He does not need much care, but only a well-chosen location.
Grow celery - planting and care tips
Celery brings variety to the vegetable patch. Urgesund, low in calories and mild in taste, the classic is quite strong in addition to common crops, such as carrots. To cultivate celery skilfully, it requires no extensive experience. It is sufficient to consult a well-founded guide to planting, with practical care tips.
Coneflower - care, cutting and augmenting
The trademark of the sunhat is its eye-catching flower head, which stands out in a spherical shape from the petals. The daisy family suits as a perennial in the cottage garden or in the colorful flower borders. Learn more about the care and cultivation of Echinacea.
Cowslip, Primula veris - profile and care
The true primrose, Primula veris, is called a cowslip and is a classic spring messenger. Their flowering lasts from April to June. With their yolk yellow they are unmistakable. Which site claims the cowslip poses and what you can do with it in the household, hobby gardeners should know.
Planting a flower - Location & heyday of the Iberis amara
As Kreuzblütengewächse come loop flowers from the Mediterranean, where you know more than 30 varieties of them. The most well-known are the Bitteren, evergreen and Doldigen loop flowers.In this country you will find a suitable location in the rock garden. Its flowering period is from May to August.
Gypsophila - planting, care & cutting
As an undemanding summer shrub, the gypsophila likes to spread in large groups or mix in wildflower meadows. This also depends on its varieties: there are high, low-growing and creeping. Hobby gardeners use gypsophila like bouquets or flower arrangements.
Make lavender bags yourself and fill them - a sewing instruction
You can hardly miss lavender in everyday life: tea, perfume, room sprays and even chocolate are refined with the fragrance herb. If you grow your own lavender in the garden, you can make beautiful fragrance bags in the blink of an eye. A great gift idea.
Medicinal herbs - an overview
When talking about Gamander, Kalmus and Quecken, do you frown? First of all, we reveal one thing: they are medicinal herbs. In an extensive list we have summarized the most important species distributed in Germany.
Heather, broom heath - care, cutting
Known as evergreen, easy-care dwarf shrubs, heather and broom heath find a place in Heidebeet among many hobby gardeners. The cultivars of both plant groups can be combined with each other here or at other locations. Important: lots of sun, an acid peat soil and bark mulch as Bodenabdecker.
Gotu Kola plant - care, effect, tea
Nature has many medicinal herbs in its offer, Gotu Kola is one of them. Although it is a Chinese plant, it can also be cultivated here. It is important that she is brought in the winter in the house and warm winters. Further care tips can be found here.
St. John's wort - Characteristics for care
This midsummer plant owes its name to the Johanni day, ie the 24th of June. Accordingly, St. John's wort shows its yellow flowers between the end of June and well into September. Do you know this herb? If not, find out why it's so special here.
Make comfrey ointment from garden comfrey itself
Rather inconspicuous, the comfrey falls mainly because of its purple flowers. In the garden he can easily multiply. Its active ingredients are said to have a healing effect. This is why comfrey ointment is a sought-after use.
Comfrey in the garden - use comfrey root
Comfrey is an undemanding plant: it is enough to put a root in the soil. It is very likely to start in the spring. Once in the garden, comfrey can easily multiply. There are different uses.