Saturday, October 15, 2011


herbs, wild herbs, medicinal herbs

At the table with herbs

Before, when people still lived close to nature, it was quite normal for wild plants and herbs were eaten, not so much the taste but for food and their digestive and preservative properties.

Herbs also give today not only add flavor to our food but also still a healing function, and are used in many diets. They stimulate appetite and improve digestion. Some herbs contain essential oils that stimulate the secretion of digestive juices and fermentation (gas) exist.

In other herbs are bitter substances that gastric acid secretion, gastric motility and salivation, thus increasing the appetite
generation, particularly through the taste buds.

All plants contain vitamins, minerals and trace elements that the nutritional value of our daily menu may increase. Herbs can be used either fresh or dried and can be experimented a lot. As long as you just have to continue to ensure that the herbal flavor of food support and best not to dominate, use them so efficient.

Fresh herbs:

These are especially good in salads, but also in sauces, soups and herb butters.
Useful: a young horse petals, watercress, chervil, purslane, look-no-look, daisy leaves, borageblad, leaves of nasturtiums, chives, mint.

They are more suited to use in stews, soups, sauces hot or to participate to cook and bake.

In stews: bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, (wild) marjoram, sage, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ...
With meat: rosemary, sage, mint.

herb butter:

Stir chopped fresh herbs such as dill, tarragon, chives, basil, nasturtium by soft, unsalted butter. You can vary by example, crushed garlic, grated rind and juice of lemon or orange, mustard powder, ginger, horseradish, ... to add.

Also nice is the sweet version with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, which you add some honey or sugar cane. Use about 4 teaspoons ground spice per 125 g of butter.

Herbs Cheese:

Delicious on tomato or cucumber slices on toast or sandwich between.
125 g cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons sour cream, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs of choice, possibly a clove of minced garlic.
Mix the cheese with sour cream and beat them well apart. Stir through the herbs.
If you have add a few tablespoons of yogurt, is it a dip.

Mixed salad with herbs and flowers:

250 g mixed salad, ie lettuce, curly endive, corn salad.
50 g of fresh herbs, bijv.paardebloemblad, Nasturtium leaves, borageblad, lemon balm, basil, dill, parsley, garlic.
Flowers daisy, pansy, marigold, chives, nasturtium, borage.

Dried herbs:

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil. 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, 1 tablespoon freshly chopped chives, 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley, 125 grams of mixed flowers of nasturtium flowers, salt and freshly ground pepper.
Mix oil and vinegar mix well with a fork and season with salt and pepper.

Put the washed lettuce and herbs in a bowl and decorate with flowers. Mix the vinaigrette just before serving it in order from the lettuce limp to avoid.

Herbal Pharmacy on the roadside.
Herbal Doctors at the court of the king, who drinks and ointments could overcome suffering, were widely praised and adored. The doctor at that time was a better paid job. Herbs Mixers, who behaved rather strangely and often lonely in the shelter of a forest or swamp survived were mostly not understood. In the eyes of superstitious villagers, they were soon wizards, witches or poisoners. Their life was only one direction: to the stake. In our time, there are herbal remedies and herbal mixers. Think of the wizards in Africa, medicine men in India. They know the power of herbs!
The last thirty years there is hardly anyone thought that there are herbs and wild plants. The herbal knowledge was not passed from parents to children, and was forgotten. After all, herbs were no longer important, because the chemical industry distilled more than it cures ailments were. Cabinets full of pills, painkillers in barrels. Yet science knows very well how valuable wild plants, as almost all medicines are herbal. And that herbs perform miracles.
Myrrhis odorata Back to nature:
Anyway, it was the herbs in nature knocked, plowed or just abandoned.Among the folk medicine reared its head again and homeopathy was born. Homeopathy uses only funds they made from herbs, with no chemicals were added.
Better with herbs:
Most herbs are edible, but of course they are not all equally delicious. Most of the edible crops possesses medicinal properties. The strength of the herbs used in several ways.
You know probably the herbal tea, linden, chamomile, mint, and rose hip tea. On the ground, dried leaves and pour boiling water that you drink as a nightcap, or simply because it's nice.Another healing power of herbs is in the essential oils. These include oils provide the fragrance of a plant. Homeopathy knows. They used powerful oil. Anise oil ensures, for example you less nervous.

Herbs tests:
After a long winter you feel sluggish and lethargic. During those dark months after you breathe in enough air, you rarely eat fresh vegetables and get enough exercise.Therefore hope the waste in your body and you feel like a dishrag. Fortunately, nature has a free home remedy. Many herbs are full of vitamines for years to purify the blood. With pure blood makes you feel fresh and spirited.
Origanum vulgareMake another one in March-April spring salad of plantain, yarrow, daisies and green leaves of dandelion and nettle tops. The taste is fresh and tingling all these herbs make your body strong again.
A pharmacy in the shoulder;
From any ailment is an herb plants, herb and can be found on the hard shoulder, just beside the road.Have you already hoarse throat and lungs gekucht cough out, then make elderberry syrup and fennel tea you rest.Do you walk around all day with a stuffy nose and deaf ears, then tea and linden tea from the flowers of the moerrasspiraea (contains aspirin) you relieve some suffering.Do you suffer from a bad wound heals bad, then help comfrey poultice of crushed leaves or wild garlic.
St. John's Oil is a miracle cure for sunburn or minor burns:
St. John's Wort is a small yellow flower. Pick a handful of petals and pour a cup of olive oil. This stuff makes you fourteen days in the sun. Stir once each day. After two weeks do you get a red paste that you need to filter. The moisture is the St. John's Oil. You would do well to a bottle on hand at the beach, Majorca.
Picking herbs:
Herbs are strongest at the outset of their heyday. Pick them only when they are dry, and leave the roots in the soil. Pick never plant near factories or along busy roads, as pure spices are not.For you as a herbalist to get started, you need to know what meat you have in the cockpit. Specialized books on strike after. If you are unsure, leave everything alone. Protected and rare plants not belong in your kitchen at home.

Herbs store:

First you have the loot to dry and ventilated place. Never put them in a plastic bag. If the plant is dry, you can store it in a tin box, wooden box or a burlap sack. An adhesive name tag and write there what good is.

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