Witch herb: application & effect of the medicinal plant


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The witch herb feels well in moist and shady forests.

When planning the planting of a natural spice and herb garden, I just came across the witch herb. I did not know, so I immediately looked up what's up with the witch's herb. Here are the most important:

  • (1) The witch herb is actually called Big witch herb, has the Latin name Circaea lutetiana and belongs to the family of the evening primrose family. It is also called common or common witchwort, Stephanskraut or Waldklette.
  • (2) The perennial herbaceous plant grows everywhere between Europe and Siberia, preferably in moist and shady forests with nitrogenous loamy soil. It becomes knee-high, develops a creeping rhizome, has heart-shaped, fluffy hairy leaves and develops between May and July / August white to pale pink flowers. From these, in late summer, the seeds, small velvety fruits, which spread by hanging with their hooks on temporary humans and animals. In addition, the witch-herb proliferates still strong vegetative, by thickened extensions of the rhizome, which cut in the late autumn the connection to the mother plant, whereby the plant acts as one-year-old growing.
  • (3) If you want to grow the witch herb in your own garden, you need a place in the garden where it is moist and nitrogenous, preferably a piece of clay soil in the shade (under trees). There are seeds for. B. in the blue label Bornträger GmbH 67591 Offstein, blauetikett.de. You can seed the seeds in the spring directly to the desired location, with sufficient watering the witch will show soon.
  • (4) The witch herb got its name because magical powers used to be attributed to it. If you once saw the small pink flowers of the witch's wort glow somewhere in the dark, deep forest, you were usually thoroughly lost because the witch's herb prefers out-of-the-way places. This obviously stimulated the imagination: The witch herb was used as a counter-magic for cattle protection, women wanted to charm men with the fresh flowers. Therefore, the botanical name was probably borrowed from Circe, a powerful sorceress of Greek mythology. In folk medicine, it was used not only for hemostasis and as a diuretic, for skin diseases and wound treatment, but probably much more often as a potential helper in love affairs and to protect against evil spells and other mischief.
  • (5) These expectations of the witch herb were probably somewhat exaggerated, but in fact today we know that the witch herb has an astringent, hemostatic and diuretic effect. In traditional medicine, it is no longer used today, but there are naturopaths, the witch herb z. B. dried use as fumigation, then it should make the user sympathetic to others. It should also help, if you carry the herb with you, then it should attract others and turn them into courteous people. In addition, witchcraft should help to diplomatic skill not only in love affairs, improve communication skills and conflict resolution and protect the wearer. Similarly, the witch herb is also used in the Bach flower therapy, namely to improve the charisma and resolve conflicts.
  • (6) For therapeutic purposes, the leaves collected from spring to summer are used, which in addition to tannins contain oxalate and oxalic acid. When the fresh leaves are added to a salad, they should have a diuretic effect. Freshly crushed leaves can also be used as a hemostatic envelope or for the treatment of skin diseases.
  • (7) Careful consideration should be given to people who have kidney problems or are prone to gout or rheumatic diseases in experiments with the witch herb. For witch herb contains much oxalic acid, which should be avoided in the mentioned complaints.
  • (8) A particular hybrid of witch's wort is known as a garden plant, it has concise pink spotted leaves. Somewhat irritating is that this strain is called 'Caveat Emptor', which is the legal expression that gives buyers the risk of freedom from obvious deficiencies. What should I recognize with this witch-herb, for which the seller is not liable then?
  • (9) You can also use the witch herb to dye easter eggs. If you put some leaves of witchwort into the water when cooking the eggs, you will get beautiful natural yellow Easter eggs.

Let's see - if the plant really grumpy people friendly agrees, they should probably have everyone standing in his garden? In any case, I'll do a witch-herb trial on small wounds, and my husband would probably object to his use of man-beating.

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