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Plants in the Wheel of the Year – April
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Plants in the Wheel of the Year – April

Herbs and medicinal Plants in April are

Yarrow, Coltsfoot, Lungwort, Violets

'The Celto-Germanic Cultural Environment(s)' were the leading Culture(s) in much of Europe for almost a thousand Years.
Although the Druidry was destroyed by the 'Holy Church', the common people held on to ancient wisdom and passed it on verbally and practically in the form of Folk Saying, Fairy Tales, Legends, Seasons Rituals and … especially Herbalism and Folk Medicine.
Over the eight Celtic Annual Festivals (The Wheel Of The Year) and their rituals, I want to guide the gentle reader and show how we can tune into the great Rhythms of Nature again today.
In addition I show numerous practical recipes for old-handed remedies and healing applications.

parsifalrain, April 12


Each Plant has its place in the Wheel of the Year - depending on the Month it has a special meaning- here you will find the Plants in the particular signifcance in each respective Month.
 
In this 12-part series to be published at the Beginning of each Month, I want to introduce old Knowledge of Herbs, Bushes and Trees assigned by our Ancestors and their Forefathers to each Month and Festivity following mostly the Celtic Cultural Cycle's lore and tribal Knowledge in the Wheel.

please note:
Always consult a doctor before using healing remedies and read disclaimer at the end of my abstract.

 

'Come here into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher'

- William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

 


Yarrow, Gordaldo, Milfoil, Sanguinary, Schafgarbe, Blutstillkraut, Wundkraut … [Achillea millefolium], Daisy family
The Plant got its German name (Schafgarbe, Sheep-sheaf) from the observation that sick sheep were eating increasingly Yarrow.
These intelligent animals instinctively know the healing power of the 'Sheaf of the Sheep'.
Yarrow is also one of the oldest medicinal Plants for humans - it has been discovered that Yarrow-remains of Flowers in a 60.000-Year-old tomb in The Iran.

Yarrow is an important female Plant (for menstrual and menopausal symptoms).
An old proverb already says 'Yarrow in the womb does good every Woman'.
In addition, the Yarrow is considered 'antihemorrhagic' and 'wound healing'.
Grated Yarrow leaves help very well in open wounds for hemostasis and healing.
 
properties and effect
antispasmodic, especially for stomach and intestinal cramps
hemostatic
circulation-promoting
blood purifier
anti-inflammatory
galvanic treatment
against menstrual and menopausal symptoms
for phlebitis, thrombosis and hypertension
for cold and fever
 
occurrence
Meadows, roadsides, sunny and dry locations
 
collecting tips
Flowers can be collected from May - October but only very sparingly as the Plant is often under protection – in no case may the root be excavated.  
The young leaves for a cleanse-juice can be collected from April.
 
ingredients
Chamazulene = main ingredient, shows similar effect as Chamomile [Matricaria discoidea]
Tannins: inulin
bitter constituents - Achillin
Vitamin C, K, Carotene
 
recipes for medicinal use - Yarrow infusion
Boil 1 tablespoon of dried Yarrow leaves in ½ liter of Water, simmer briefly and strain.
This infusion helps very well against stomach and bellyache, even stomach cramps.
 
recipes for the kitchen
The very aromatic Yarrow is used for Herbal Butter, as culinary Herb, for Herbal salt, soups, vegetable and potato dishes.
 
Yarrow - carrot vegetables
500g carrots
2 tablespoons spelled flour
200ml vegetable broth
½ tsp honey
200ml of whole milk
4 tbsp. Yarrow
Strain carrots with flour, without fat - pour in the vegetable stock with stirring and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Add the milk and honey, season, and finally sprinkle the finely picked Yarrow over it.
 
Flower essence - Essence of protection and safety
The flower essence of Yarrow is a wonderful, protective companion, against all possible negative influences on us.
It makes us feel enveloped in a protective, light coat.
It really protects us from many harmful external influences.
It protects us against negative radiation as well as against attacks and energetic attacks by other people.
In times like these, when the energies are very tiring, sometimes unpredictable, the Yarrow flower essence can be a gentle help in staying with oneself and better preserving one's personal boundaries.
The essence gives us support and security and a better sense of ourselves.
The Yarrow essence also cleanses and strengthens our aura (tip: a freshly picked Yarrow set next to the bed, can purify your aura overnight, recharge)

image by plantsam.com

Coltsfoot Huflattich, Breitlattich, Brustlattich, Eselslattich (Tussilago farfara) family of asters [family Asteraceae]
The wonderful yellow blooming flowers of the Coltsfoot please us very soon in the Spring.
Like little, funny suns, they shine and bring Spring into our Hearts.

The Latin name already suggests, in which the main feature of Coltsfoot lies.
'Tussim ago' means as much as expell the cough.
And so the Coltsfoot is probably really one of the most effective Plants against an annoying cough that lasts after the Winter into the Spring.
 
properties and effect
mucolytic
expectorant
cough-relieving
anti-inflammatory
astringent
 
medicinal applications
for dry bronchitis
particularly effective in irritating cough
bronchial asthma
pneumoconiosis (silicosis)
laryngitis
phlebitis
for wounds and blemished skin
 
occurrence
On the banks of streams and rivers, on roadsides, fields and screes, gravel and clay pits
 
collecting tips
From March to April the Coltsfoot flowers are collected, even before they are fully flowered.
From May, the leaves of Coltsfoot will be collected.
 
ingredients
Mucilage - protecting the affected mucous membranes of the respiratory and digestive organs
Bitter substances - have a toning effect - improve the general condition and increase the appetite
tannins
inulin
minerals
 
recipes for medicinal use
cough - take equal parts of Coltsfoot flowers and leaves, Lungwort, Plantain [genus Plantago] leaves and Cowslip flowers
cough syrup
Fill Coltsfoot flowers about 4 centimeters into a sealable glass.
Cover with honey so that all parts of the Plant are over.
The next Day add 4cm of Coltsfoot flowers and pour over honey again.
Repeat until the glass is full.
If you want to refine the honey a bit, you can topple with a layer of Violet and Cowslip (page 14) [Primula veris] flowers.
The jar is capped and allowed to stand in a sunny place for about 2 weeks.
Then squeeze the honey through a cloth and store in a dark container.
 
recipes for the Herbal cuisine
The yellow flowers can be used in Spring as a decoration for salads.
A Spring punch made of them also tastes very refreshing.
 
Coltsfoot eggshell
Bring a handful of washed Coltsfoot and flowers to a boil in slightly salted water
Then cut into thin strips and whisk with 4 eggs.
Season with real salt, nutmeg, curry and pepper and cook in a pan for a short time.
Decorate the egg dish with some fresh Coltsfoot flowers.

Coltsfoot potato salad
Make the potato salad the way you like it most.
Finally, but mix in finely chopped Coltsfoot leaves, Ground Ivy [Glechoma hederacea] leaves and Garlic Mustard [Alliaria officinalis / petiolata] leaves.

 

Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) Lungenkraut, Schlotterhose, Echtes Lungenkraut, Geflecktes Lungenkraut, Blauer Himmelschlüssel, Mauer-Habichtskraut, Wald-Habichtskraut, Hansel und Gretel [family Boraginaceae]
 
The Lungwort has been a fascination for me when I was a small child.
I did not know any other Plant that blooms in two different colors.
In addition, this beautiful violet and the lovely pink have been very appealing to me.

Often I was around in the Woods to pluck bouquets of Lungwort, which we called 'Hansel and Gretel' and from Cowslips [Primula veris, Primula officinalis].
At the time I did not know anything about the wonderful healing properties of this Plant.
Today I know that I have to collect the Lungwort in any case for my Spring cough tea, because the Lungwort works, as the name already suggests, very well against cough and lung disease.
 
properties and effect
expectorant
strengthening the pulmonary tissue
lung tonic
abirritative
tonic
 
medicinal applications
sough, especially with severe mucus formation or stuck cough
bronchitis
hoarseness
laryngitis
 
occurrence
Especially in sparse deciduous forests, but also at the edge of the forest and in meadows.
The soil is mostly moist and deep, so the Lungwort is very common in shady, water-bearing valleys and streams.
 
collecting tips
The flowers and leaves are collected in April.
The Plant can be cut just above the ground, tied into bundles; you can hang the Lungwort upside down in a not too sunny place and let it dry.
 
ingredients
silica
tannins
mucilage
 
recipes for medicinal use
cough
Dried flowers and leaves can be used as an effective cough tea.
 
Lungwort powder
From dried flowers and leaves you can make a fine powder by crushing the Plant parts in a mortar.
This powder works very well as a remedy for fresh wounds.

Violet (Viola odorata) Common Violet, English Violet, Garden Violet, Blue Violet, Sweet Violet, Duftveilchen, Märzveilchen, Echtes Veilchen, Wohlriechendes Veilchen [Violaceae family]

'Come dear May and make
the Trees turn green again
And let for us, at the creek
bloom the little Violets'

The Violet is probably one of the Plants which is particularly common in the literature.
The Violet has always had a special fascination for me.
This wonderful violet blooming flower looks so modest and yet so beautiful.
She likes to hide in the Forest, if you find her, you will be happy about it.

In addition, the small Violet smells especially good, it is therefore used for the production of perfumes.
The Violet is a symbol of virginity, humility, modesty, decency, paradise, Spring and hope, faithfulness and Love.

properties and effect
The effect of the Violet is secretion-promoting (excitosecretory), fostering expectoration, diuretic - and it stimulates the production of mucus in the digestive tract

medicinal applications
forms of respiratory disease
cough, whooping cough,
shortness of breath
headaches
bloating
 

occurrence
On shady, humus rich, dry and nutrient-rich soils.
In Forests and Forest edges.
In the shady garden

collecting tips
Collect the Violet flowers without stems at the flowering time in March / April and dry.

ingredients
mucilage
Orris root oil
Violin
flavonoids

recipes for medicinal use
according to Hildegard von Bingen
Violet oil
250 ml of native, virgin Olive oil extra and 2 heaped tablespoons of Violet petals and leaves are slowly heated.
As soon as bubbles form, (immediately) remove from the fire and let rest overnight.
Filter off the next Day and fill in small vials.
This oil helps with bruises, kidney pain, 'Bible cyst' (Gideons disease or Ganglion) and benign tumor formations
Application: rub several times a Day the affected area with Violet oil

Violet elixir
1 liter of good red wine is boiled with 15g Violet flower and root, 10g Galangal root (Aromatic Ginger [Alpinia Officinarum]) and 20g licorice root [radix Glycyrrhiza glabra].
Remove from heat and leave overnight.
The next Day bring everything to a boil again, then strain and fill in bottles.
According to Hildegard von Bingen, this elixir helps with melancholy, disinclination to work, sadness and, as a consequence lung complaints.
Application: Take 2-3 swigs daily now and then.

recipes for the kitchen
The flowers of the fragrance Violet can be used to flavor sugar, honey, cakes, liqueurs; candied Violet flowers as a confectionery.

Violet syrup
A handful of fresh Violet flowers are placed in a glass jar and poured with 1/4 l of hot water.
This mixing is left to stand for 24 hours.
Afterwards, the recovered liquid is strained and heated again.
Again a handful of fresh flowers is added and allowed to stand again for 24 hours.
After straining, this mixture is added with the same amount of honey.

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Disclaimer
This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.
Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !
and
The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.
However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.
 
I do not give any medical advice.
If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the nature conservation authorities.
Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !
Remember – you can only harvest something which belongs to you !

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Spring Equinox - The Wheel Of The Year Festival Ostara
Category: Nature
Tags: Arrival Spring Oldfield Ostara Eostre Awakening Parsifal Spring Equinox Wheel Nature Balance Spirituality

Spring Equinox - The Wheel Of The Year Festival Ostara

'Nature is our only true resource, also on a spiritual level.
When we learn to use Her, rediscover, we undeck the contact we need'

The ritual, Nature-religious, as well as the shaman view of the world divides the Sun - Year into eight evenly distributed Stations which draw through the Nature- Year.
The eight Wheel Of The Year Festivals are alternately under the impact of the Sun (Equinox, Solstice) and the Moon (Candlemas, Walpurgis, Reaper, Halloween).


The Sun Festivals are of Germanic origin, whereas the Moon Festivals native to the Celtic Cultural Hearth.

To delve into the quality of each Season deepens our Spiritual Experiences and our relation to Nature.
We feel again the Living Cycle and our Lives will be enriched by rituals and intense human encounters.

The Spring ritual is a celebration of-and for the awakening Earth.
Although, outwardly, only some of the sprout- tips of the Plants are visible, the awakening vitality of the Earth is obvious.

Parsifalrain, March 18

Arrival (allow some loading time to watch)

Ankunft - Arrival - Прибытие от Parsifalrain на Rutube.

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From the Germanic Goddess Ostara, christian Easter has its name.
She brings the new Light and the new Spring.
Death, resurrection, and new Life are also at the centre of the christian Easter days.


Worth knowing

  • According the Wheel, the beginning of the Spring starts in early February, at Imbolc.
  • The Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as Holiday (Holy-Day), although they were very much in tune with the changing of the Seasons.
  • The story of the Roman God Mithras, is similar to the tale of Jesus Christ and his resurrection.

He was born at the Winter Solstice and resurrected in the Spring.

  • According to the Venerable (Monk) Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic Goddess Ostara.

Her Feast Day was held on the full Moon following the Vernal (Spring) Equinox.
Almost the identical calculation as for the christian Easter in the West.

  • The indigenous Mayan people in Central America have celebrated a Spring Equinox Festival for ten centuries.

As the Sun sets on the Day of the Equinox on the Great Ceremonial Pyramid, El Castillo, in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, its 'western face' is bathed in the late afternoon Sunlight.

  • In ancient Rome, the followers of Cybele believed that their Goddess had a consort who was born via a virgin birth.

His name was Attis, and he died and was resurrected each Year during the time of the Vernal Equinox between March 22 and March 25.


Perfect Balance on the Journey through the Wheel of the Year
Night and Day are of equal length and in perfect Equilibrium - Dark and Light, Masculine and Feminine, Inner and Outer, in Balance.
The Spring Equinox symbolizes the dominion of Light over Darkness as the Days become slightly longer than the Nights.
Spring Equinox in the North, Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.
This state of Balance, we experience only twice a Year.
It is the turning point into a new Season.
March 21 is the official beginning of Spring.
Up to the Summer Solstice, the Days are from now becoming longer, more and more, the Sunlight is on the rise.
The power of the Sun awakens Nature to a new Life.
The Plants sprout, the first buds open.
The juices rising (not only) in the trees.
A powerful burst of energy is pushing from the Earth in the direction of the Light.
Earlier this Festival was a Celebration of Hope.
Hope for a new, good Harvest Year, since the old Winter supplies were by this time about to be exhausted.

To the Spring Equinox, the countrymen prepared the fields for the new sowing.
This happened in a blessing ritual, which was also called the Field Hallowing - or Consecration.
Also today, this is done in some places.
To do this, the peasantry steps off the fields, and put at each corner of the arable Holy Herbs, branches of a Willow, and sometimes even a candle in the soil.
During the Ritual, they ask for a rich Harvest and protection for the fields.

Goddesses to the Feast
At the time of the Spring Equinox, particularly the Spring and Vegetation Goddesses are worshipped, who are now awakening out of their dead-like hibernation and to bring new Life to the Earth.
Welcomes are the Goddess with music, singing and dancing.
They will be asked for a blessing for the Fertility of the Earth.
The Germanic Goddess Ostara is the Goddess of Spring and Fertility.
She brings the Shining Sun and new growth.
Ostara wakes up the Life Force of the Earth and of the people.
She is the Maiden Goddess, full of potential, representing the opportunity of growth and rebirth after the stagnation of Winter.
Her Flower is the white Lily, her two sacred Animals are the Hare and the Ladybug.
Both stand as symbols for good luck and fertility.

 

The Witch's Sabbat - Ostara - The Spring Equinox

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Thoughts for the Feast
To the Spring Equinox, we are called to identify ourselves with the growth and sprouting of Plants.
We also grow and sprout by the power of the Sun and the Earth.
Now it is time to implement the visions, we had wanted (Festival Of Lights - Brigid - Imbolc - Candlemas), and to bring into the World.
It is vital to sow our Seed (our thoughts and goals), so that they can rise, grow and come to fruition.
Our Visions are allowed to sprout and prosper and from now on also display in the 'external'.
Not only the shooting Plants are visible in the Spring - we-ourselves to grow visible.
It's the time in which we may show who we are.
In March it is to collect all the courage and to start out, because every Journey begins with the First Step.
Hereby, we are supported by the forces of the Spring-Goddesses.
They bring us the strength for a new Beginning and for our further growth.

At the Spring Equinox we are called upon to ...

  • reveal our own Creativity
  • bring our Dreams and Visions more and more in our everyday world
  • encounter the Creative, Vital and Growth-promoting Goddess.

Plant-Goddesses and their Herbs
From time immemorial, in all Cultures ... was commemorated the Goddess, revered as the Invisible behind the phenomena of Nature.
Goddesses of the Earth, the Sun, the Sea, the Wind, the Rain were responsible for Fertility, Food, Health and Protection.
Our Ancestors recounted in the long dark Nights by the camp fire many of the stories of their Goddesses and celebrated throughout the Year in their honour a lot of Festivals.
Goddesses were in everyday Life in place, and accompanied the men of old in their doing and being.
To this Day, many of them survived in the names of Healing-Plants.
If we harken wary these names, we find i.e. Frau Holle in the Elderberry (Hollunder), Demeter in Wheat (the Goddess of the Harvest and Agriculture, who presided over Grains and the fertility of the Earth, divine order, bringer, bearer), Venus in the Rose (the first Rose sprang from the blood of the Goddess Venus, all of the associated Female forces symbolizing), and Artemis - the shaman-Herb - in the Mugwort [genus Artemisia].

 

Animals: Hare, Rabbits, Ladybug, Snakes, Unicorn
Ostara foods are eggs, honey, bread, sprouts and seeds
Decoration: Colored Eggs, Seeds and Earth
Ostara Plants are Rose, Jasmin, Daffodil, Mugwort, Honeysuckle
Incense: Jasmine, Sage, Violet, Lotus, Magnolia
Colors: all pastel-colors
Stones: Rose quartz, Amethyst, Aquamarine


Cultural Appropriation, Ishtar, Eostre, and Easter
Is it a reasonable question to ask 'Is there a link between the names Ishtar and Ostara ?'
Unfortunately, there is absolutely no clear evidence.

Ishtar is a Goddess completely removed from the the linguistic and geographic region where Eostre reigned.
Ishtar is related to Astarte and Inanna, all found in the Middle East area.

For those who don't know much about mythology, let me explain something.
There are people who attempt to force connections where there are none.
This goes back to the Romans who forced connections between their own gods and the gods of the North.
These connections are often tenuous at best and completely erroneous at worst.
In the old pagan world, mythologies were heavily influenced by geography, climate, society, and culture.
So a society in a desert climate for example will have very different mythologies than people in a fertile green area.
Defined seasons with harsh winters will develop different mythologies than temperate climes where seasons aren't as extreme.
Agrarian farming societies will place higher emphasis on fertility and Earth mother goddesses, and in hunting/nomadic societies masculine sky gods will dominate.
So for cultures who are removed from each other both geographically and linguistically, it doesn't make sense to force connections between their gods.


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I mean, the Year should turn the Wheel, not the other way around.


Ostara - Lisa Thiel


Praise to the Spring, Praise to all living things
Praise to the Maiden and the joy that she brings
Praise to the Earth let all her creatures now sing
Hope is renewed with the coming of the Spring



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Plants in the Wheel of the Year - March
Category: Nature
Tags: Wild Garlic Stinging Nettle Dandelion Daisy Cowslip Lemon Balm Plants Wheel of the Year March Shamanism. Traditional Medicine Parsifal

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - March


Herbs and medicinal Plants in March are
Wild Garlic, Stinging Nettle, Dandelion, Daisy, Cowslip, Lemon Balm

'The Celto-Germanic Cultural Environment(s)' were the leading Culture(s) in much of Europe for almost a thousand Years.
Although the Druidry was destroyed by the 'Holy Church', the common people held on to Ancient Wisdom and passed it on verbally and practically in the form of Folk Saying, Fairy Tales, Legends, Seasons Rituals and especially Herbalism and Folk Medicine.
Over the eight CeltoGermanic Annual Festivals (The Wheel Of The Year) and their rituals, I want to guide the gentle reader and show how we can tune into the great Rhythms of Nature again today.
In addition I show numerous practical recipes for old-handed remedies and healing applications.

parsifalrain, March 12


Each Plant has its place in the Wheel of the Year - depending on the Month it has a special meaning- here you will fnd the Plants in the particular signifcance in each respective Month.
 
In this 12-part series to be published at the Beginning of each Month, I want to introduce old Knowledge of Herbs, Bushes and Trees assigned by our Ancestors and their Forefathers to each Month and Festivity following mostly the Celtic Cultural Cycle's lore and tribal Knowledge in the Wheel of the Year.
These Plants are not only to be used in the particular Month in the associated Feasts, some may also keep available special powers, attributes and gifts for the rest of the Year.

please note:
Always consult a doctor before using healing remedies and read disclaimer at the end of my abstract.

 

'Come here into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher'

- William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

 


Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum - Lily family), Ramson, Buckrams, Bears Garlic, Wood Garlic, Bärlauch
According to Legend, the Wild Garlic was eaten by brown bears after they had awakened from their hibernation.
Instinctively, the animals knew that this Plant could give them new strength - to their 'bear forces', (today: Herculean strength)
Wild Garlic is one of the very first Spring messengers and sometimes appears on a massive scale.
I appreciate it very much, because children also like to go in the wild with me, and because it is especially tasty and represents a real enrichment for my Spring kitchen.

properties and effect
appetizing,
digestive,
antibacterial, antibiotic effect
builds up the intestinal flora - especially after antibiotics
anti-inflammatory,
disinfecting effect in the intestine,
carminative,
vasodilator
strengthening and invigorating - helps us in the Spring to 'bear forces',
helps to reduce pollutants in the body

medicinal purposes


'Probably no herb of the earth is so effective for the purification of the stomach, intestines and blood, as the bear's garlic'


- Herbal pastor Johann Künzle


To build up the intestinal flora - especially after antibiotics
For the discharge of heavy metals (dental restoration!)
For 'cleansing' the blood vessels - against arteriosclerosis
For indigestion and loss of appetite
Against high blood pressure

occurrence
Wild Garlic grows mainly on wet meadows, pastures and in deciduous and mixed woodland.

collecting tips
The leaves are harvested in the Spring, even before the Plant starts to bloom.
It is best to gather Wild Garlic with increasing Moon, on Leaf Days.
Caution is advised, because you can confuse the Wild Garlic with the leaves of the poisonous Lily of the Valley [Convallaria majalis] (between March to June) and (in Fall), with the Autumn Crocus (Meadow Saffron or Naked Lady). [Colchicum autumnale] (image below)


Especially the Lilies of the Valley often grow near the Wild Garlic. (image below)


If you grate or grind the leaves and they smell strongly for garlic, you can be sure that it is Wild Garlic.

ingredients
Vitamin C
essential Leek oil
glucosinolates
flavonoids
sulfur

use
Wild Garlic should be used fresh.
He's not suitable for drying and storage.
He is a real asset to the kitchen.
He can be preserved if he is put in oil (to a Wild Garlic pesto) or if he is steeped in spirits for a Bear-Leek-Tincture.

healing formulae
fresh Plant trops from Wild Garlic

Chop Wild Garlic leaves, place in a jar and pour over 70% alcohol.
Screw the vessel tightly and let rest for 2-4 Weeks.
Strain and then store in a dark container.
Drink 5 drops 3 times a Day in a glass of lukewarm Water.
To build up the intestinal flora - especially after antibiotics
For the discharge of heavy metals (dental restoration!)
For cleaning the blood vessels

usage
Wild Garlic oil

Chop fresh Wild Garlic leaves and pour cold-pressed olive oil over them.
Let stand for 2-3 weeks, then strain.
Can be used as a tasty salad oil.

Wild Garlic soup
1 onion
2 toes of garlic
a little butter
2 large floury potato
1 bunch of fresh Wild Garlic, real Salt, pepper, nutmeg
½ cup whipped cream
Chop the onion and fry in the butter, Garlic and vegetable soup.
Cut the potato into cubes and bring to a boil.
Cook the chopped Wild Garlic for the last three minutes as well.
Season with real salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Puree the soup and season with whipped cream.
Decorate with roasted bread cubes and a little fresh Wild Garlic.

 


Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) [Urticaceae family] Common Nettle, Dwarf Nettle, Brennnessel
The often painful burning Plant grows all over the World.
She is, so to speak, a cosmopolitan.
Stinging Nettles are often found where soils are overfertilized (nitrogen-rich) or near settlements.
Therefore, the Plant is often regarded as a typical Weed, although it is of great value for our Health.
We often only develop a special love of Stinging Nettle if we are allowed to experience their wonderful healing power on our own body. Stinging Nettle Herb helps in the Spring against Vitamin deficiency and Spring fatigue, strengthens the body's defenses and lowers the blood sugar level.
In addition, Nettle leaves stimulate the excretions of the digestive glands and bowel movements.
The Stinging Nettle is therefore one of the most important Herbs for a detoxifying Spring Cure.

properties and effect
purifying and hematopoietic (blood-building)
heavily dehydrating
generally purifying


medicinal purposes
good for the Spring Cure for detoxification
against kidney weakness
against fatigue (iron)
anemia and blood disorders
circulatory disorders
rheumatism and gout

occurrence
Widely distributed, she grows mostly near houses, on roadsides, screes, on hedges and walls

collecting tips
Fresh leaves and stems are collected from April / May to September.
They have the highest iron content when they are still very young.
In the garden, it is also helpful if you collect the very small Stinging Nettle leaves, because then this 'Weed' does not spread over a large area.

ingredients
especially iron and magnesium
potassium, calcium and phosphorus
lots of Vitamin C
silica - important silicon donor, strengthens the connective tissue
chlorophyll

recipes for medicinal use
fresh Plant juice

For Spring Cure, I personally find the fresh Plant juice most effective.
To do this, collect daily a few fresh, young leaves and juice them.
Of this, take 3 teaspoon diluted daily with lukewarm Water.
You can also increase the dose by one teaspoon every 2-3 Days.
The Cure can be done for (up to) 4 Weeks.

 


Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

'There is actually a magic herb in front of our door, free of charge, and we do not use it'

The Dandelion is a common 'Weed' that grows around the World.
Especially in Spring, the Dandelion makes whole meadows yellow - as if the Sun had fallen to Earth.
After the flowering season, the Dandelion transforms into the Jinny-Joe and with every gust of Wind many small parachutes (= the fruits of the Dandelion) are carried away.
Through the spreading of the Wind, the Dandelion was able to colonize every corner of the Earth.
Dandelion is one of the most important medicinal Plants.
Especially in Spring it is another indispensable Plant for a detoxifying, stimulating Spring Cure.

The Dandelion has a positive influence on all organs, which are involved in digestion.
The gastric juice secretion is increased, it is appetizing and relaxed.
For flatulence and bloating should therefore be thought of Dandelion.
Dandelion leaf tea or Dandelion root tea acts as well as the leaves enjoyed as a fresh salad.
In the Middle Ages, it was often used in 'magic salve' together with other Herbs.

properties and effect
blood cleansing
strongly detoxifying
diuretic
mild laxative
strengthening on the liver and bile
stimulating metabolism - stimulates the entire endocrine system
appetizing

medicinal purposes
Spring Cure, for all liver and gallbladder disease

Dandelion is a constructive tonic
Dandelion can be used as a tonic in conditions of weakness.
The body is brought back into ginger.
The Dandelion strengthens the liver, pancreas, kidney, spleen, intestine and stomach and through the bitter substances it helps to remove toxins from the body.
He has a dehydrating effect, but it has the great advantage over dehydrating tablets in drug form that it supplies valuable minerals to the body and does not simply wash it out.
The body is thus well looked after.

occurrence
On well-fertilized meadows, on roadsides, in gardens

collecting tips
Leaves should be collected as young as possible before flowering.
The roots are dug up in April / May even before flowering, or in the Autumn.

ingredients
Bitter substance Taraxin, bitter substances for liver and bile
Inulin, in the root, keeps us awake and fresh, positively affects the blood sugar content
especially potassium (dehydrated)
Vitamin B2 and C
silica, calcium and iron

recipes for medicinal use
fresh Plant juice
Juiced like the Stinging Nettle juice from fresh, young Dandelion leaves, dilute 1-2 teaspoons three times a Day with Water and drink in sips

tea from leaves
The dried Nettle Herb has less effect than the fresh Plant juice, but is also wonderful support for a Spring Cure.

tea from the roots
(use in the kitchen)
The root is used in the kitchen as salsify or roasted as a substitute for coffee.
The fresh leaves are used for salads, spreads, Spring soups and vegetable dishes.
The still closed buds can be put into vinegar and used as a caper replacement.
Dandelion honey is especially popular with children.
The fresh Plant juice supports the Spring Cure particularly intensively.

Dandelion salad
Collect young Dandelion leaves and mix with fresh corn salad [Valerianella locusta].
Chop Dandelion leaves roughly with some walnut kernels.
Remove the egg yolk from two hard-boiled eggs and crush with the fork - mix with ½ tsp lemon juice and 3 tbsp sunflower oil.
Season with paprika, pepper, mustard and real honey.
Mix salad and dressing together and sprinkle with chopped egg whites and (Wild) Chives [Allium schoenoprasum].

Dandelion wine
ingredients:
4 liters of Dandelion flowers
4 liters of Water
1 orange
1 lemon
2 kg of real sugar
1/2 coffee cup of yeast

preparation
To four liters of Dandelion flowers (measured pressed), which are dry picked and plucked, poured four liters of Water, add the shell of a lemon and an orange to it.
Then cook for 20 minutes, let it be in a large-opening dish.
Add 2 kilos of unrefined sugar and the peeled, peeled and sliced ​​orange and let it cool until lukewarm.
Then pour half a coffee cup of yeast in, place it in a bright place and let it ferment for four to five days.
Then pour it off, fill it in bottles and place it in the basement in the dark.
The bottles must be tied over the cork so that they do not pop open.
The drink is crystal clear, tastes excellent and is as strong as a fine liqueur.

Dandelion honey - purifies the blood and a tonic (stimulating)
ingredients: 200 Dandelion flowers
1 liter of Water
1 kg of real sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
preparation: The flowers are shaken out a little, so that any beetles sitting in them fall out, and doused with the Water.
Now heat and let cook for 15 minutes.
The liquid is poured through a sieve and squash the flowers a little.
Then add real sugar and lemon juice and boil again for 15 minutes.
After a gelling test, immediately fill in glasses and seal them well.
The Dandelion honey tastes like real bee Honey, it is just as healthy and can be stored for a long time.

If stored for too long, it can become firm like real honey.

mystical
Dandelion is a very special Ancestor Plant whose root is dug out and collected in the Fall.
On the night before All Saints' Day (Samhain) he was smoked for prophecies and necromancers because he symbolizes life, dying and transience.
In Christian mythology he stands for the spread of Christian doctrine.
The Dandelion is a 'Mary's plant', which carries the signs of a 'Virgin birth', since he can reproduce without anthers and cicatrices.

history
Nordic Mythology
The Nordic Goddess Freyja of Love and marriage was dedicated to Dandelion.
Celts
Dandelion was dedicated to the God of Light and Healing Belenos (equals i.e. Baldur, Belinus, Baal, Bel, Beli Mawr, Hadad, Apollo and Sol)
China
In a Chinese text from 659 AD, the Dandelion is mentioned as a medicinal Plant.
Arabia
The Arabic physician Avicenna in the 11th century mentioned the Dandelion in the 'Canon medicial'.
The scientific Plant name Taraxacum can be found in the Latin translation.
Taraxacum was formed from the Arabic words 'tarak' and 'sahha', meaning 'to let piss'.
(In Ancient World, by close trade ties with other Cultures, especially those of the [then far-afield] East [through the Silk Road], Patron-Deities that passed certain aspects of Nature or Society were 'shared' and-often inherited under a different name).
So the Celtic Baldur became the Mesopotamian - Assyrian Baal).

Daisy (Bellis perennis) [Asteraceae family] from the family Composite; Common Daisy, Gowan, Gänseblümchen

The beloved Daisy is probably one of the most famous Spring Flowers and is spread all over Europe on meadows, lawns and gardens (which are not fertilized).
As small and modest as the Daisy looks, so important for us is its healing power - especially in Spring.
The Daisy can expel all forms of disease of Winter, especially the annoying cough and joint pain.
Daisy is therefore another important Plant for the Spring cleaning of the body.

properties and effect
anti-inflammatory - especially for forms of respiratory disease
phlegm-promoting, spasmodic and cough-dissolving
stimulates metabolism
carminative
strengthening

medicinal purposes
After the Winter against forms of vitamin deficiency disease
regeneration of the respiratory tract
blood purification
in liver and gallbladder disease

As an additive, an addition to other natural cures, the Daisy always improves every therapy and thus the general condition.

collecting tips
The leaves and flowers can be collected throughout the Year.

ingredients
Mucilage - which has a positive effect on internal and external inflammations
Bitter substances - for liver and bile
Vitamin C

recipes for medicinal use
Daisy juice
Wash a large bouquet of Daisies (leaves and flowers) and place in a bowl - drizzle with Water until the Plants are well wet.
Blend everything in a blender - strain the juice and drink 2-3 tablespoons daily.

use in the kitchen
Most often, the fresh leaves and flowers are used for salads, spreads, soups and vegetable dishes.
Daisy is also dried as a tea.
Closed flowers can be placed in vinegar for three weeks and then used as a caper replacement.

Daisy-sauce
2 tablespoons spelled flour
¼ onion
400ml vegetable broth
1 grated carrot
5 tbsp whipped cream
½ tbsp mustard
4 tbsp fresh daisy leaves
Daisy flowers
Dry the flour and onion dry and pour in the vegetable broth.
Simmer for 2-3 minutes, add the carrots and season with whipped cream, mustard, real salt and pepper.
Shortly before serving add chopped Daisy leaves and garnish with flowers.

 

Cowslip [Primula veris, syn.: Primula officinalis] (family of Primrose), Cowslip Primrose, Schlüsselblume
I also loved the marvelous yellow flowering Cowslip since my childhood, it was one of the first flowers we were able to gather as children.
I picked beautiful bouquets for my mom and later I embellished my room with a fresh bunch of Cowslips.
The Cowslip brings back the Suns and smiles after the Winter.
And indeed, one of the most important features of this flower is that it has a mood-enhancing and slightly anti-depressant effect.

Stories and Myths
The Cowslip was dedicated to the Germanic Goddess Freya.
In her crown she carried a small key, with which she could open the Hearts of the people.
The Cowslip - a heart opener.
In other stories it is described that the Cowslip is able to open the Earth in Spring and awaken the sleeping powers of Nature.
Many other Myths tell of Fairies who give us men a golden key that opens the door to our hidden powers.
In any case, the Cowslip is a Plant that is particularly related to the Feminine power.

properties and effect
relaxing
calming and inducing sleep
mood-lifting
expectorant
diuretic
galvanic treatment
insomnia
migraines and headaches - for relaxation
kidney disease, rheumatism and gout
bronchitis and other forms of disease of the respiratory tract

occurrence
On meadows and in deciduous forests

collecting tips
The flowers can be collected from March to May.
But only very sparingly.
The Plant is under conservation.
In no case may the root be excavated !

ingredients
saponins
Essential oils
vitamin C
Primula-acid

recipes for medicinal use
Special tea for insomnia
(according to Maria Treben)
50 g of Cowslip flowers
25g Lavender flowers
10 g St. John's Wort
15g Hop cones
5g Valerian root
Brew 1 tbsp of the mixture with ¼ Liter of water and leave for 3 Minutes.
Swallow before bedtime.

happiness tea
Mixed equally St. John's Wort, (Lemon)-Melissa and Cowslip, this tea dispels a maternity blues.

 


Melissa - [Melissa officinalis] - Medicinal Plant of the Month March [genus Melissa] Lemon Balm, Bee Weed, Weedwort, Weevil, Zitronenmelisse, Bienekraut, Frauenkraut, Wanzenkraut

This time I would like to introduce a Plant that is not a Wild Plant.
I hope you forgive me.
But I love the Lemon Balm and this Year I love her very much, because she supports me so wonderfully.
The Lemon Balm not only smells wonderful, she also has a very broad spectrum of action and is versatile.
Its main effect is certainly the calming effect on our nervous system.
Melissa has a soothing, sleep-inducing effect, eliminates tachycardia and inner restlessness.
There is a lot going on right now, many fears are coming up and many situations challenge us properly.
The Melissa can support us very well here.
She pays attention to us, that we are up to these requirements.
She allows us to let go of our fears in bed in the evening and to fall asleep relaxed.
She calms our nerves and our restless heart.
She also affects our psyche by lightening our mood and making us think a little more positively.
The Melissa also has an effect on our blood - she dilutes it and gives us a well-flowing blood that takes away the Winter sluggishness/lethargy.
Of course, Melissa is also a well-known antiviral - it works very strong against herpes viruses, but also against all sorts of influenza viruses. As the Lemon Balm drunk in the morning has a stimulating and invigorating effect, but in the evening calming and inducing sleep, the Melissa tea can be drunk all day long.
My Lemon Balm is already very vigorous in the garden - I pick some fresh leaves every Day and then enjoy my tea.
Melissa plantlets are also available everywhere.
So you can currently stay in the house and use freshly.

Melissa recipes
Green smoothie with Melissa

fresh Lemon Balm leaves
1 banana - also has a stress-relieving effect
1 apple
½ liter of buttermilk
1 tbsp of Almond paste - tastes incredibly good, but also works against stress and even candia infection .....
Put everything together in the smoothie maker or a similar household mixer and you get a wonderful green, very tasty drink.
Smoothies of all kinds accompany me in the Spring and support my Spring Cure

Melissa-tincture
Put fresh Lemon Balm leaves in (a) jam jar and pour in 40% alcohol.
Leave this glass for 2-4 weeks.
Drain the parts of the plant and fill the tincture in brown dropper bottles.
Melissa tincture has a soothing, sleep-inducing, antiviral, anticonvulsant on the stomach and intestines, relieves pain in headaches.
This tincture is taken drop by drop.
I would recommend 15-20 drops three times a day, which are given in a glass of Water or added to warm Melissa tea.

Melissa ointment
Put fresh Lemon Balm leaves over 4 Weeks in a good carrier oil.
I like to use an Almond oil or a local Sunflower oil with good organic quality.
After four weeks, the active ingredients of Melissa have been transferred to the oil.
The Plant parts can be sieved.
The oil is stirred in the ratio 10:1 with beeswax to an ointment.
For this, the oil is heated to about 70 degreesC, the beeswax is added.
Once the beeswax has completely dissolved, the ointment can be bottled.
If you want, you can add essential (real) Lemon Balm (which is very expensive).
This ointment can be used as a lip balm, or lubricated as a soothing ointment on the Heart chakra.

 

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - March by Parain on Scribd

https://www.scribd.com/document/372875396/Plants-in-the-Wheel-of-the-Year-March

 

 

Disclaimer
This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.
Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !
and
The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.
However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.
 
I do not give any medical advice.
If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the nature conservation authorities.
Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !
Remember – you can only harvest something which belongs to you !

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