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Anyone interested in naturopathy will surely know the wild spring herb wild garlic. However, it remains unknown to many herbalists. It is also somewhat confusing that this medicinal herb has numerous other names such as bear's garlic, witch's onion, wild garlic, wild garlic, etc. Its Latin name is always the same - Allinum Ursinum. The name wild garlic most likely comes from the fact that bears also like to eat this wild herb after a long hibernation to gain new strength in spring. Wild garlic is an important medicinal herb that has been known since ancient times and is also a versatile food. The ancient Germans, Celts and Romans valued its he althy properties. To them, it was a wild leek herb with bear strength and could regenerate human powers. If you also want to benefit from this wild spring plant, then stay tuned and read on. In this article we take a close look at wild garlic!
Because of its strong smell of garlic, wild garlic is also called wild garlic.
The wild garlic forms fine white flowers on a thin stalk.
Where does wild garlic grow and how can you identify it?
The wild garlic grows in damp deciduous forests, prefers humus-rich soil and spreads quickly. The leek grows to a height of around 20 to 30 cm and is easily recognized by its dark green, glossy leaves and tiny white flowers. The leaves are lanceolate in shape and grow on a thin stalk. They can only be harvested within two months of spring, from mid-March to mid-May. Wild garlic blooms until mid-June, when the wild herb produces seeds. All parts of the plant have a strong garlic odor and strong taste.
The wild medicinal plant smells strongly of garlic.
Caution! The wild garlic can easily be combined with the highly poisonous lily of the valley, autumn crocus and the arum lily! Be forewarned and be careful when collecting wild garlic leaves.
Extra tip: All parts of the wild garlic plant are non-toxic, both for us humans and for pets such as cats and dogs. However, wild garlic can be poisonous to other animals such as rabbits and horses!
The he althy ingredients in wild garlic can also be found in garlic.
What does wild garlic contain and why is it a he alth-promoting medicinal herb?
The lush green leaves of the wild garlic contain a lot of important vitamins and minerals. There is, for example, a lot of vitamin C, iron and essential oils. Potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and mucilage are also readily available there. It is well known that vitamin C is particularly important for our immune system. In addition, it protects the human body from free radicals. Wild garlic also contains secondary plant substances, essential oils and sulphurous amino acids. Therefore, the leek is characterized by its undisputed healing effects.
Wild garlic is said to have numerous he alth-promoting and healing properties.
The wild garlic has an antibacterial, blood-cleansing, cholesterol-lowering and digestive effect. Wild garlic also strengthens and tones the body, which is particularly important in spring. It helps with loss of appetite, arteriosclerosis, against high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, is good for bronchitis and problems with the gastrointestinal tract. In the following we try to summarize its healing effects:
- Thanks to its antibacterial properties, wild garlic is considered a natural antibiotic against pathogens;
- It can cleanse the blood and therefore helps against high blood pressure: The wild medicinal herb can have a positive effect on arterial calcification and vascular deposits and thus improves the flow of blood through the blood vessels. Wild garlic is therefore particularly helpful for cardiovascular diseases;
Medicine from nature!
- Due to the sulfur compounds contained in wild garlic, the medicinal herb is said to have detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties;
- The wild garlic is said to help even with gastrointestinal complaints such as flatulence and intestinal diseases;
- It is also effective against cancer.
Have today we reported about the wild medicinal herb wild garlic and its he alth-promoting effects. If you also want to learn about its use in the kitchen, read our next article. Stay he althy and get more information about the healing power of nature!
Wild garlic is widely used in the kitchen and helps us to stay he althy and alert!