The period from spring to autumn is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the garden, the sun and the mild hint of winter. In different seasons, nature brings us different wild herbs that are suitable for human consumption – and little is known about them.
Before you mow the lawn in the yard, it’s a good idea to take a walk and see what herbs can be consumed. From wild herbs that are for consumption, you can make a meal, cosmetics, tea and other beautiful things.
Nettle releases young petals twice a year, in spring and late summer . Young leaves can be consumed for:
• Tea (dried, or maybe fresh)
• Pie – if you collect enough, and of course if you know how to do the most important thing, to bake a pie.
• Soup – as an accessory in any variant.
• With homemade almond milk with turmeric (blended)
• For gardeners, of course – a natural means of protection and fertilization.
From the spring nettle that has released seeds – collect the seeds and consume it with a teaspoon of honey, or in another type of food. It is very rich in iron.
Dandelion leaves are a fantastic diuretic and cleanser. Similar to nettles, you can pick young leaves in the spring and late summer.
Dandelions can be used for:
• Elevated blood sugar (as a medicine) – young leaves are blended with water. Strain the juice to remove the grass fibers and drink it with juice or water.
• Salad – along with arugula. “Older” petals can also be consumed.
• Pets – it is very beneficial for dogs, especially if they have kidney disease (acute or chronic).
• Dandelion flowers are used for the famous dandelion syrup.
Wild or cultivated, in Skopje and the surrounding area, lemon balm reigns. It grows around the vineyards, the kiwis, against the walls and some hidden places.
• Fresh or dried tea can be prepared from lemon balm
• Wonderful summer drink – lemon juice, honey, water, lemon balm and mint are blended (flavor ratio).
• In salads
They say there are 18 types of mint. The use of mint is already very well known.
Medicinal parts of chicory are the root, leaf and flower. Chicory root is commonly used as a medicine. It is dug in the fall, when it is thickest and has the most healing ingredients . The above-ground herb, which is harvested during blossoming is less commonly used. From the second half of March to the end of May, the root is dug, and the leaves and flowers are harvested during the flowering of the plant.
It strengthens and cleanses the stomach, improves digestion, cleanses the liver, regulates bile secretion, cleanses the kidneys and spleen, treats jaundice and anemia.
Chicory is used more in folk medicine than in scientific medicine, as a non-toxic bitter medicine for treatment of digestive organs, above all, for increasing the pharmacy, for strengthening the stomach, for better digestion of food, for more abundant digestion of urine and bile, etc. Chicory cleanses the blood, regulates metabolism.
Originally from Asia with a mild lemon flavor. It is a good source of omega 3, eaten raw in salads, boiled (with olive oil and spices) or fermented / pickled… (It should) contain more vitamin A than spinach and more beta carotene than carrots.
Loboda grows intensively throughout the garden. The leaves have a pleasant, slightly mild taste and is great to eat fresh in the salad. It is so fragile that you have to consume it quickly after picking.
In traditional medicine, the loboda is known as a remedy against some stomach ailments. It has pronounced bactericidal effects. Loboda leaf juice is used for caries. Ancestors also knew that loboda was a wonderful remedy for toothache and gum disease. The children were given loboda seeds prophylactically against parasites. Sometimes loboda was used even for paralysis.
This is a very useful, but very ignored herb. Dried leaves can be used for tea.
• The drug that contains plantago is most commonly used to treat airway diseases, asthma, bronchitis, cough and flu.
• Tea leaf tea is suitable for children because it is tasty and can be sweetened with sugar or honey if needed. It is also used for inflammation or ulcers of the stomach or intestines. It is useful in diseases of the liver and bladder, as well as against the formation of stones and sand in the kidneys.
• Fresh leaves, that need to be crushed beforehand, are used as compresses that are placed in place of insect bites or snake bites. The juice of fresh leaves prevents bleeding and accelerates wound healing. (Wikipedia)
For health of the wild herbs, the grass can be uprooted and placed in the compost, and the selected herbs can be dried.