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TOP 5 wild herbs | natural remedies

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Wild herbs have prevented and healed ailments since thousands of years in all cultures on this planet.

 

´Throughout the last century they have been degraded and even forgotten due to an extreme shift towards chemical drugs. One of the down parts of modern western civilization is that we forgot that our pharmacy is right in front of our door! I believe Mother Nature has a cure for every ailment. And the good thing is: herbs come free of charge and side effects!

Recently I was lucky to learn about certain kinds of wild herbs from a very gifted and inspiring teacher.  So let me introduce to you my TOP 5 wild herbs for your health and wellbeing:

TOP 5 herbal selection

1. Dandelion
2. Stinging nettle
3. Ribwort
4. Oregano
5. Ground elder

1. Dandelion

Dandelion peaknomad.com

Dandelion is widely spread throughout Europe and basically grows everywhere. All its parts can be used: the flowers, the stalk, the roots and the leaves. This herb is rich in Vitamin C, E and A and other crucial nutrients.

 

 

 

Where dandelion can be used:

  • loss of appetite
  • upset stomach
  • intestinal gas
  • gallstones
  • joint pain
  • muscle aches
  • eczema and bruises
  • skin toner
  • blood tonic and digestive tonic

Dandelion can be used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements.

How to use

1. Salad/ Smoothie: I regularly add the flowers, stalks and leaves to my summer salads. Dandelion is rich in bitters which are very good for your liver. You can also add the greens to your smoothie.
Check out my recipe for a pretty and healthy dandelion flower salad  here.

2. Tea: Take the fresh or dried leaves and make a tea (let sit for 10 minutes) in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also add the roots. For best effect let 2-3 roots sit in water overnight and brew it in the morning.
Alternatively put the dandelion into your juicer and drink 1 tablespoon of dandelion juice mixed with 2 tablespoons of water.

3. Toner for soft and glowing skin: 1 handful of fresh dandelion flowers | 2 cups of water
Boil the water and add it to the flowers. Let it brew for 15 minutes and then cool down until the water is lukewarm. Sieve the water and apply onto skin. Let it dry for some minutes and remove with lukewarm water.

 

2. Stinging nettle

nettle peaknomad.comIn opposition to its nasty name, the stinging nettle behaves very friendly towards our health! It might play hard-to-get (and it is!) but once you succeeded in collecting and drying it, it works wonders.

 

 

 

 

Where nettle can be used:

  • detoxifies the body
  • cleans the blood
  • gout
  • dandruff
  • loss of appetite
  • congestion
  • diarrhea
  • hair growth
How to use

1. Salad/ Smoothie: I love to add the seeds to my salads or smoothies. It is easy to collect them during summer time and keep them for the winter months. You can also cook the leaves and eat it as a spinach.

2. Tea: Take the fresh or dried leaves and make a tea (let sit for 10 minutes) in the morning on an empty stomach or before going to bed. Please note that nettle is diuretic so you will go to the loo quite often.

3. Toner against hair loss: Use the tea and massage onto scalp.

 

3. Ribwort

ribwort peaknomad.comMousy but powerful: it might not have beautiful, colorful flowers, yet the underestimated herb possesses amazing healing properties.

 

 

 

 

 

Where ribwort can be used:

  • bitters for liver wellbeing
  • for rashes, mosquito bites, burn injuries
  • cough
  • mucus-dissolving
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • loss of appetite
  • congestion
  • diarrhea
  • poor liver function
  • gastritis
How to use

1. Salad/ Smoothie: same as above. Use the leaves as an ingredient for your meals.

2. Tea: drink the tea when you deal with respiratory issues and also for good digestion.

3. Skin: Chew the leaves and apply them onto wounds or mosquito bites. Ribwort has disinfectant properties.

4. Tincture: make a tincture for any respiratory illnesses.

 

4. Oregano

Wild oregano at Schreckensspitze

Wild oregano at Schreckensspitze

You might think it’s just another pretty flower but it actually is the herb you love on your pizza AND a healing herb at the same time. Oregano has anti inflammatory, antibiotic, antioxidant and cleaning properties.

 

 

 

 

 

Mostly used as tea, it helps with:

  • cough
  • menstrual issues
  • wounds (anti-bacterial)
  • parasites, intestinal problems
  • skin problems
  • arthritis
  • headache

The essential oregano oil is a super strong medicine against parasites. Parasites are much more common in the western world than we might think. Due to wrong nutrition and mucus plaque in our intestines, those little nasty fellow occupants steal our nutrients and vitamins as well as our energy and sanity (sounds extreme. I know, but that doesn’t make it less real). So you might wanna do a 10-day oregano oil cure every some months (just add some drops into 1 liter of water).

 

5. Ground elder

ground elder peaknomad.comMost people consider ground elder as annoying weeds. Just like the nettle, the poor herb is totally misunderstood. Learn about its various healing properties and you will perceive it as something positive in the future:

 

 

 

Where ground elder can be used:

  • gout
  • rheumatism
  • obesity
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • loss of appetite
  • bladder infection
  • diarrhea
  • wounds
How to use

1. Tea: boil for 5 minutes. Use the tea as a compress against rheumatism or gout.

3. Skin: Chew the leaves and apply them onto mosquito bites.

3. Salad/ Smoothie: Add the leaves to your salads or smoothies for detoxification.

 

A general recommendation for right timing:
try to collect the herbs during full moon and dry them during decrescent moon. Do not cut them with a metal knife, use a ceramic knife so you don’t destroy the good qualities of the plants!

 

For the moon and its impact onto herbs and everyday activities,
see Johanna Paungger’s fantastic book “Moon Time”.

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Born and raised in the beautiful Tegernsee region in Bavaria, I grew up in the midst of mountains. After my studies in art history I have been working in the art business for years and became a trained mountain guide in 2013. Every free minute I spend either outdoors - hiking, biking, skitouring and running - or around the world, traveling foreign countries. On peaknomad.com, I am sharing my travel and hiking experiences as well as daily stories about a healthy, happy and mindful lifestyle.

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