Meadowsweet (Latin: Filipendula ulmaria)
Meadowsweet is a a perennial plant thriving in moist and sunny locations, reaching up to 1.5 meters tall. Its flowers emit a distinct, pleasant aroma detectable from afar, attracting bees, and this scent is even noticeable in the honey produced from it. The plant is lauded for its natural antibiotic, aspirin-like, and thermoregulatory properties. It is believed to purify blood, reduce sugar levels, normalize blood pressure, act as a natural antiseptic, alleviate menopause hot flashes, improve memory, and serve as an insomnia remedy. Consuming large amounts of its tea can reduce swelling. Its flowers can be fermented or simply steeped in water for about 12 hours before consumption. Historically, its leaves were used as mosquito and insect repellents due to their strong antimicrobial properties. The plant also has a cardiotonic effect on the heart muscles and is used for colds. It is harvested during flowering or its roots in early spring or late autumn.
Dandelions (Latin: Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelions are unique because their roots can reach depths of nearly 9 meters, allowing them to access moisture and nutrients deep in the soil even during severe droughts, partially benefiting nearby plants. They are a favorite food of all herbivores. Dandelions can be used as a remedy for insomnia, joint pain, swelling, arterial hypertension (high blood pressure), and as a diuretic. They contain high levels of potassium and magnesium, vitamins A, C, K1, E, and almost all amino acids. Dandelions also contain saponins and the bioflavonoid apigenin, which has a strong anti-cancer cytostatic effect, working similarly to chemotherapy in cancer treatment. They improve skin tone and are a good bile secretion stimulant. Dandelions are used in treating cardiovascular diseases, gout, high estrogen levels, rheumatism, anemia, and are beneficial for kidneys, liver (e.g., in treating fibrosis and cholecystitis), helping diabetics regenerate pancreatic beta cells. They possess strong diuretic properties.

The youngest dandelion leaves are the best to use. To reduce bitterness, they can be soaked in salt water for a few hours without boiling. They can be dried at temperatures not exceeding +50°C. Making jam from dandelion flowers is not advised because it retains only flavor without the medicinal properties, and sugar is highly undesirable. A better alternative to sugar would be, for example, Jerusalem artichoke syrup. Compressed dandelion flowers can be infused with it and then stored in the refrigerator. The most valuable part of the dandelion is its root, best harvested in early spring or late autumn when the concentration of medicinal substances is highest, and it is best stored frozen.


Couch grass (lat. Elytrigia)
Couch grass stands out among plants for its great vitality. Gardeners know that even a small piece of couch grass root left in the soil will grow back. It also withstands severe frost, which is why it is found even far in the north. Couch grass has an extensive and deep root system, allowing it to extract many valuable minerals from deep within the soil, including silicon, thereby improving the soil. The roots contain the polysaccharide inulin.

Couch grass is used in the treatment of gout, as this plant helps eliminate uric acid. It can also be used in cases of rheumatism and arthritis. It cleanses the skin, treats eczema and diathesis, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and sudorific agent. It delays graying of hair and promotes its growth. Silicic acid (H2SiO3) promotes tissue regeneration, reduces inflammation in the body, and strengthens the walls of small blood vessels – capillaries.

Couch grass roots are harvested early in spring or late in autumn and dried. Herbivorous animals enjoy eating it, even cats and dogs, to cleanse their kidneys.


Broadleaf Plantain (Lat. Plantago major L)
The Broadleaf Plantain is a common species across all continents, spreading through seeds. An old remedy known for reducing bad cholesterol and inflammation, its seeds are used to reduce excess fat mass and as beneficial food for symbiotic gut flora, acting as a good absorbent.

Plantain has strong antiseptic properties. Its juice is used for a variety of gastrointestinal diseases, improving gastric secretion. It's taken by the spoonful before meals, either fresh or thawed, with the option to add honey.

Plantain is used for bronchopulmonary diseases like tuberculosis, upper respiratory catarrh, pleurisy, and bronchial asthma. Its decoction and juice activate the lymphatic drainage system, bronchi, and enhance secretion, thus facilitating the expulsion of mucus from the bronchi and lungs. Plantain thickens blood, but this effect can be easily countered by drinking sufficient water.


Burdock (Lat. Arctium lappa)
Burdock is a biennial plant best used in its first year for leaves and second year for roots. Its leaf juice has diuretic, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties, useful for treating ulcers. Burdock leaf tea is used for treating tumors. Leaves are applied as compresses for wounds, painful joints, and fibrocystic mastopathy.
Fresh leaf juice is consumed three times a day and can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days, with honey added for flavor. Burdock is also used for kidney diseases, burns, nasal application, and as a preventative measure. Beekeepers recognize it as a nectar source.
Young burdock leaves and peeled leaf stalks are used in salads to improve symbiotic gut flora and nutrition digestion.


Yellow Everlasting (Lat. Helichrysum arenarium)
The Yellow Everlasting, also known as the golden immortelle, thrives in dry soil or on hills. Its leaves and stem are covered in a wax-like felt coating. When dried, it retains its shape and color. Historically used for disinfection, such as fumigating barns, or for repelling pests to protect clothes from moths.

Medically, only the flowers are used, specifically those that have just bloomed. It's highly regarded for its bile-stimulating properties, increasing bile acid concentration and improving liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder function. It's used for conditions like elevated bilirubin, cirrhosis, jaundice, cholecystitis, and hepatitis. It helps alleviate spasms in bile ducts, blood vessels, and intestines, as well as constipation. It reduces nausea, vomiting, harmful cholesterol, heals scars, and improves fat metabolism. Used in anti-parasitic treatments, it aids in rheumatism and increases intervertebral disk fluid in osteochondrosis cases.

Contraindications when this plant should not be used are as follows:

  Gastritis during exacerbation, 

  Acute pancreatitis,

  Gallstone disease,

  Ulcers of the stomach and duodenum,

  Pregnancy and children under 12,

  Individual intolerance.

Preparation: Steep 1 spoonful of dried flowers in 200ml of hot water (70-80°C) for 2-3 hours, strain, and drink a half-hour before meals three times a day.

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Knotgrass (Lat. Polygonum aviculare)Knotgrass is an annual herb found in roadside areas and home yards, ranging in height from 10 to 60 cm and propagating through seeds. It can flower from early spring to late autumn, especially thriving in silicon-rich soil. Known for its uses in both agriculture and medicine, its leaves are also used in salads. Rich in vitamin C, carotene, and organic acids, including silicic acid crucial for the elasticity of joints, ligaments, skin, and blood vessels, it aids in the assimilation of silicon in the small intestine. Organic silicon keeps salts in a colloidal, water-soluble state, preventing gallstones and forming colloidal mixtures that absorb toxins, including heavy metals and antibiotics.

Knotgrass is beneficial for treating pulmonary tuberculosis by fixing and calcifying damaged areas. It helps alleviate spasms associated with calcium-magnesium exchange disorders and treats boils. Historically, it was even used for snake bites. Knotgrass extracts are added to baths for water treatments, especially for rheumatoid arthritis.

Preparation: Similar to other medicinal herbs, collect the upper part of the plant, dry it, and prepare extracts by steeping in a thermos with hot water (+70°C) for several hours.


Thyme (Lat. Thymus serpyllum)
Thyme is valued both as a culinary herb and for its medicinal properties, with its flavor and aroma varying depending on the soil it grows in. It contains beneficial substances like vitamins B6 and C, tannins, essential oils, fats, resins, ursolic acid, and the unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid, as well as essential oils comprising thymol and carvacrol, effective against bacteria and fungi. Thyme has disinfecting, antiseptic, and scar-healing properties, including a variety of valuable minerals. It's used for constipation, stress relief, sleep improvement, anemia, and as an inhalation agent. However, thyme should be avoided in cases of thyroid problems, renal insufficiency, high stomach acid, or serious cardiovascular diseases.


Oregano (Lat. Origanum)
Oregano is a well-known medicinal herb with strong antiseptic properties, historically used to fumigate buildings during epidemics. It limits the proliferation of pathogenic flora, delays negative changes in the brain, helps stop uterine bleeding, prevents mastopathy, and improves fertility. However, it should not be used during pregnancy. Oregano should not be overdosed, particularly in men, as it affects the hormonal system. It has bile-stimulating properties and can be used in various ways, including in teas and for inhalations. It reduces stress and improves memory in children.
Goutweed (Lat. Aegopodium podagraria)
Goutweed is a plant of the Apiaceae family. Goutweed emerges early in spring, thriving in fertile soil often under deciduous trees. Historically, it was widely used as food, highly nutritious and rich in minerals closely matching those in human blood plasma. Beneficial for blood vessels, it prevents and dissolves existing blood clots. It contains riboxin, strengthening the heart muscle. Goutweed has detoxifying, healing, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, pain-relieving properties, promotes urination and bile secretion, and acts as a sedative.

It can be added to various salads and to soup after it has cooled to 40-50°C. It is preserved by drying in a dark place or freezing.

Artichoke (Latin: Cynara)
Artichoke is a perennial thistle rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, beneficial for bile production in the liver and reducing cholesterol levels. It is used both medicinally and as a culinary herb, containing cynarin with bile-stimulating properties, protecting the liver from toxins, and promoting liver cell regeneration. Artichokes also have diuretic properties, aiding in toxin removal through the urinary tract and contain phytosterols that lower cholesterol, improve intestinal motility, and alleviate stomach pains and bloating.
Nettles (Latin: Urtica dioica)
Nettle grows only in very fertile soil and contains silica, a micronutrient often missing in modern human diets, essential for calcium retention in the body. Known for their medicinal properties since ancient times, nettles were used alongside flax and hemp to make fabrics and clothing. Nettle roots host nitrogen-fixing diazotrophic bacteria, enriching the soil even further. Dried nettles serve as an excellent feed additive for chickens, improving egg quality.

Nettles have a wide range of medicinal properties. They contain vitamin K1, and when fermented, vitamin K2, which aids in wound healing. Nettle tea has a calming effect, increases hemoglobin levels, reduces blood sugar, and helps with joint pain. Nettles are also a remedy for hair loss, used by rubbing nettle juice into the scalp. A mixture of ground nettles and honey can be used for facial masks.

Nettles are commonly dried and ground into powder or juiced, with the juice diluted with water for consumption. To preserve their medicinal properties, nettles should be dried in a dark place. For soups, nettles should only be added when the soup has almost cooled to avoid losing their benefits. Nettle juice is best stored frozen.



Chickweed (Latin: Stellaria media)
Chickweed  is considered a weed but is also one of the most valuable greens, thriving in moist, fertile soil. It promotes lactation in mammals, including humans, and aids in treating infertility, such as enhancing egg production in chickens. Crushed chickweed is used in compresses for joint pain and burns, and it can lower blood pressure, treat mastitis, act as a diuretic, relieve smooth muscle spasms, improve vascular elasticity, and reduce inflammation. Freezing chickweed does not diminish its value, making it excellent for preparing substrate mixtures with nettles.


Field Horsetail (Latin: Equisetum arvense)
Gardeners might recognize the horsetail as a tough weed to eradicate, but for other plants, it aids in nitrogen and phosphorus assimilation and reduces nitrate levels in the soil. The horsetail is among the oldest plants on Earth. Although there are forest and meadow varieties, the field horsetail is best for medicinal use. It can be identified by its upward-pointing branches.

It's well-known that the strength and quality of bones, hair, and teeth directly depend on the body's silicon availability. Horsetail contains a significant amount of silicon in the form of organic silicic acid. It's crucial to understand that without silicon, the body cannot fully absorb calcium, so conditions like osteoporosis are not merely due to a calcium deficiency but also a lack of silicon, as well as vitamins D3 and K2. Interestingly, hair alopecia, or hair loss, occurs in parallel with a decrease in the body's silicon content.

Silicon is one of the rare minerals that retain its properties at high temperatures, allowing plant infusions to be prepared even at temperatures of 80°-90°C.

If the average modern human diet has a potassium to sodium ratio of about 2:1, in horsetail, this ratio is 150:1. Thus, the potassium lost through the diuretic properties of horsetail is significantly replenished.

Horsetail infusions have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, blood-restoring, diuretic, and scar-healing properties. They are used for neurodermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, seborrhea, as well as for treating pleurisy, liver problems, arterial hypertension, tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, urolithiasis, and for gargling with angina. For asthma, field horsetail can be used as a histamine blocker to prevent airway constriction and facilitate breathing.