Stay and let yourself be pampered by the variety of herbs

Summer invites us to enjoy nature in its entirety: sun, light, warmth, lush greenery and blossoming colours everywhere. The various herbs, whether in the garden, along the roadside or on the colourful meadow, bundle this wealth in a particularly diverse way. We can also draw new strength for body and soul from them, far beyond the summer. 

From the meadow into the tub 

Summer walks sometimes take you past colourful meadows, where besides grasses and yellow dandelion there are also purple meadow cuckoo, a few species of knotweed, scarlet, perhaps some clover and a few bellflowers. If you can't find it, you might be able to sow such a meadow in the garden. It is easy-care, a feast for the eyes, good insect food and the best medicine against tension of all kinds.  Since time immemorial, healers have been collecting the colourful cut, drying it on airy grids and filling it loosely in cotton or linen bags. Such a bag with hay flowers heated to 150 degrees Celsius and placed on aching joints reduces the discomfort immediately.  A bathtub bath with hay blossom lotion also has a soothing and relaxing effect. To do this, boil four handfuls of dried herbs in one and a half liters of water for twenty minutes in a closed pot and add the strained broth to the warm bath water.  It is recommended to rest for half an hour after application. 

In peace lies the power

Other herbs work on their own. From June to October, nature offers us the opportunity to discover and collect different plants, whose calming effects can strengthen us for a hectic everyday life. The lavender goes first and foremost. Only the inhalation of the typical aroma relaxes. But also in tea or as a spice in sweet and hearty dishes it has its effect.

St. John's wort can be found almost everywhere along the roadsides and on almost every heap of earth. It has a calming and antidepressant effect, both as tea and in baths or as a wrap. It can be recognized by the red oil that comes out of the petals when squeezed. 

Hops, which can also be planted on walls, grids or balconies, are also beneficial against any nervousness.

Pleasantly stimulating

Both in the tea blend and as an ointment, many herbs promote blood circulation and awaken spirits, especially the marigold. Once you have sown them, they will find their bright flower heads in the garden every year. These blossom rays can be simply nibbled, sprinkled over salads, dried or preserved for a blood circulation enhancing ointment in lard. Shepherd's purse and nasturtium work similarly well.

Spicy, bitter, healing

Thyme, rosemary, sage, hyssop, nasturtium and savory are just a few of the spicy and slightly bitter herbs that have natural antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and digestive properties. Drunk in tea, they reduce infections such as coughs, sniffles, hoarseness, as a seasoning for grilled food, roasts, potato and vegetable dishes, they increase their digestibility. Most of them are rarely found in the open air, but they are undemanding, thrive on lean, dry soils, in the flowerpot on the balcony or even on the window sill.

Fancy more?

At least one herb has grown for every meal and against every illness. If you are looking for herbs, you will be surprised how many of the healing plants can be found in our immediate vicinity and with what vitality they sometimes even conquer the cracks in the concrete. Yellow marigold flowers bloom in our pavement every summer.

Written by Brigitte Neumann