Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) belongs to the Apiaceae family. Its relatives include carrots, celery, dill and parsley. The bulb is around the size of a fist, weighs between 250 and 400 grams and is formed by the fleshy thickening of the leaf stalks. Its feathery leaves – herb fennel – are reminiscent of those of the dill plant. Typical features of fennel are the flattened shape and whitish-green colour of the bulb. If you smell fennel, you will be struck by its typical aniseed aroma. The substances in fennel have an antispasmodic, antiseptic and expectorant effect. Fennel tea has a primarily digestive effect.
Fennel tea is highly recommend for consumption in the evening
The (common) goldenrod flowers in brilliant yellow in high summer when most other flowers have already finished. It gets its name from the colour of the flowers and its growing habit. Its leaves are long and lanceolate. Goldenrod was known to early Germanic tribes as a medicinal plant for treating wounds. Martin Luther is also said to have used it to treat his aliments. Due to its diuretic effect, goldenrod is mainly used today for bladder and kidney complaints.
Goldenrod tea is highly recommend for consumption in the morning.
According to legend, St John’s wort comes from the blood of John the Baptist, which is why Christians dedicated this “herb from heaven” to the saint. According to tradition, St John’s wort begins flowering with bright yellow blossoms on the days around 24 June (St John’s day). The medicinal effects of St John’s wort have been known since ancient times. Paracelsus recommended St John’s wort due to its wound-healing and blood-cleansing properties. Today, the plant is one of the most popular medicinal herbs. St John’s wort is used to treat nervous disorders, anxiety and depression. The red oil obtained from St John’s wort, a formulation made from mixing the flowers with olive oil, has an anti-inflammatory effect and is used to treat bruises, wounds and burns.
St John’s wort tea is highly recommend for consumption in the evening.
Lemon balm is actually a plant from southern Europe. However, because it has so many medicinal effects, it has been cultivated in gardens in central Europe for a long time. In the middle ages it was even cultivated by decree in every monastery garden, because even then it was considered a very beneficial and indispensable herb. When you tear the leaves it smells slightly lemony, which is why it is often called lemon balm. Once it has become established in the garden, it grows vigorously every year and can be used as a herbal tea. The main area of use for lemon balm is to calm the nervous system. In fact, it can help to control nervous cardiac symptoms, sleeping disorders, anxiety, irritability and many other symptoms related to the nervous system.
Lemon balm tea is highly recommend for consumption in the evening.
The common mallow (Malva sylvestris), also called high mallow, is a species of plant from the mallow family (Malvaceae). The flowers generally grow in clumps from the leaf axes in groups of two to four (rarely as many as ten). However, they may also grow individually. Mallow has a soothing effect on the mucous membranes in the upper airways and the mouth and throat since it contains an extraordinary amount of mucous and so covers the inflamed tissue with a protective film. Medicinal uses include treatments for a husky voice, laryngitis and hoarseness. Mallow tea has the same effect (the protective film) on the inflamed mucosa of the stomach and intestines.
Mallow tea is highly recommend for consumption in the morning.
Yellow sweet clover, also called king’s clover, is a biennial plant and normally grows to a metre in height – but if it is especially comfortable where it is, it can grow to as much as two metres. It loves dry, stony soil and therefore grows well in road verges, among rubble and in quarries.It is a wonderful remedy for the vascular system and also promotes lymphatic circulation. It even has a beneficial effect on migraines. Yellow sweet clover is mainly used externally in the form of compresses, herbal pillows, ointments and poultices against swelling, inflammation and wounds. It can be taken internally as a tea or tincture to treat bronchitis, circulatory disorders or migraines and to improve lymph circulation.
Yellow sweet clover tea is highly recommend for consumption in the evening.
Blackberry is a low-growing semi-shrub with creeping stems. It flowers in April and May. You can collect the leaves from June to October and the fruits from July to September. Dried blackberry leaves were formerly used to treat diarrhoea. The blackberry contains tannins which not only tighten the intestinal mucosa, but also have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect at the same time. Blackberry leaves also protect against free radicals and other carcinogens. Infusions of the leaves were a tried and tested household remedy for gastrointestinal complaints, gout, rheumatism, weak bladder and gingivitis. Since the leaves contain glucoquinine, which lowers blood sugar levels, blackberry leaf tea can also help to control diabetes.
Blackberry leaf tea is highly recommend for consumption in the morning.
Rosemary is a typical plant from the Mediterranean and can be recognised easily from its intense scent – the aromatic fragrance of its blue flowers and dark-green, pointed leaves. The plant is still very highly regarded in alternative therapy today for its numerous recognised medicinal effects. The tea is especially beneficial for very young and older people with debilitating ailments or low blood pressure. It contains antioxidants and has a diuretic and detoxifying effect. In addition to that, rosemary tea is also beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism and gout. Rosemary can be applied externally and internally.
Rosemary tea is highly recommend for consumption in the morning.