If you want to do your body something good, without spending money, then you might want to stroll a bit through nature with us.
Here you will discover a lot of interesting, tasty and very healthy wild herbs.
You do not only save money, but also get valuable nutrients, which no extracted dietary supplement in the world could replace.
As mentioned in our last article, we want to show you which variety of wild herbs we can harvest just in our garden.
Let's start with the typical and frequently used herbs.
With that we will prepare a delicious wild herb salad with hemp dressing and toasted walnuts.
So grab your basket and and let's start.
For many it is THE WEED - for us it is a blessing.
In the early years here in our garden, we've always been very annoyed by the goutweed.
Meanwhile we formed an alliance with nature, just as Johann Kürzels slogan says:
"If people would not just pull out the 'weed', but just eat it, they would not only get rid of it, but also be healthy."
Right now you can find goutweed leaves in delicate green.
It can be eaten raw in salads or mixed in a smoothie.
In addition, you can also use it for a refreshing goutweed lemonade.
Just put a few slices of fresh ginger with a handful of goutweed leaves and some lemon juice in water, let it sit for a few hours and enjoy.
Or how about goutweed pesto?
Goutweed is rich in potassium, calcium, zinc, and a lot of vitamins such as A and C.
It helps with rheumatic complaints, is anti-inflammatory and deacidifying.
Aren't these many good reasons to become friends with goutweed?
It seems to me there are especially many dead nettles this year.
We like them very much, because the small purple flowers taste really delicious and are great for decorations on desserts and salads.
Dead nettle blossom tea is very expensive. It really takes a long time to collect a small glass full of them.
We use them fresh and also dry blossoms and leaves for the winter.
Dead nettles have a lot of iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and saponins, just to name a few.
It is mainly used for respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, cough and nasal congestion.
It is the first year that we found yarrow in our garden.
We now eat it fresh in salads and dry the leaves for our winter tea.
Yarrow is anti-inflammatory, acts as a blood purifier and helps with stomach pain and combats flatulence.
Also the ground ivy we discovered for the first time in our garden this year.
It looks as if nature is really kind with us.
Those who study and respect its treasures, will always discover new things.
We like the leaves of the ground ivy on a slice of bread or in a salad.
The flowers are just like the ones of the dead nettle a nice decoration.
Ground ivy contains lots of vitamin C, saponins, bitter substances and essential oil.
It also helps with infections and acts as an expectorant.
Bear's Garlic or Wild Garlic
Wild garlic is just on everyone's lips right now.
It's one of our favorite wild herbs.
Last season, we also wrote about it here already.
You can still find wild garlic right now, but the harvest time is soon coming to an end.
The buds are everywhere to be seen already.
They are very aromatic and can be used as capers or you simply eat them right from the plant.
Please go here to read our last article about daisies.
Many demonize the dandelion sticks in their garden.
We like our meadow full with yellow dots.
Of course, our children also played an essential part in enlarging the amount, because they simply love blowballs.
Dandelion leaves have quiet a bitter taste.
It is best to mix them with other wild herbs in a salad or smoothie.
Dandelion is popular with stomach discomfort, for detoxifying and as a mineral and vitamin dispenser.
It impresses with its high content of Vitamin A, C, E and calcium, iron and magnesium.
We also use the flowers for decorating and dry them for winter as a tea.
Chickweed is actually indestructible and grows almost throughout the whole year.
It has a very mild taste and is therefore a great herb for children.
It's freshly used in a salad or as tea to help with coughs and pneumonia, but also for skin itching and to reduce high cholesterol.
There is also an article about the nettle here on our blog.
The nettle is a wonder herb with a huge amount of natural vital substances.
Those who suffer from iron deficiency will find a faithful companion in the nettle.
It also provides us with a lot of calcium, vitamin C and chlorophyll.
At the moment, we use it as a tea for a 3 week spring makeover.
It just tastes delicious and also our kids love it.
You probably realized already how much we appreciate the nettle.
Don't forget to head on over from time to time to check for new nettle recipes.
Celandine should be harvested in March and April, before the plant begins to bloom.
We still have some shady places where it has not yet begun to form blossoms.
But even then, you should only eat a few leaves of it because the contained protoanemonin could otherwise irritate the mucous membranes.
The plant helps for example with spring fatigue and vitamin C deficiency.
When using wild herbs for a salad, you should use fresh leaves and don't store them for too long, for they do not look so appetizing anymore.
And of course freshly picked they still have the highest possible level of vitamins.
Now you could see a little part of what kind of wild herbs we like to collect in our garden.
We continue to constantly educate ourselves to learn new herbs and their healing effects on the human body.
Thus, our "wild" menu is getting bigger and bigger and it also gives us a good feeling to be able to find edible things in nature.
Not to forget the spiritual peace while taking a walk through meadows and fields.
Soon you will learn something about a not yet mentioned herb, what we always use for our favorite Pesto.
We wish you fun in gathering your own wild herbs!
If you collected a few herbs in your basket now, you're probably ready for our wild herb salad with hemp dressing and toasted walnuts.
Then let's get started ....
What are your favorite herbs?
we would love to read from you!