As strange as it may sound, August is the month of preparation for winter. It is a great time of the year for picking and storing herbs for the upcoming season.
Take care not to pick more herbs than you can use in one year, though. They will be here next year too, and they will be fresh! And fresh herbs are the most effective ones.
Heath speedwell (Veronica officinalis) – treats cough and badly healing wounds when added to a bath.
Common agrimony (Agrimonie eupatoria) – treats liver and biliary tract diseases, problems with digestion and joint aches. Add to poultices and apply to bruises.
Heather (Calluna vulgaris) – good for treating urinary/bladder inflammations, the flu, and joint aches.
Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) (do not tear out the roots or too many plants at once) – treats loss of appetite, problems with digestion, liver diseases, and overall fatigue.
European goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) (while blooming) – treats chronic kidney diseases and water retention. Use in baths and poultices to treat badly healing or festering wounds.
Common mallow (Malva sylvestris) – treats inflammations of the upper respiratory tract.
Common hollyhock (Alcea rosea) – acts as a mild laxative.
Anise (Pimpinella anisum) – treats flatulence and lack of appetite and has disinfecting effects.
Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) (dried ripe seedpods without the seeds) – supports diabetes treatment and lowers blood pressure slightly.
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