Whether it's cold and flu season or we just want to stay healthy, keeping our immune systems strong is vital at all times. The immune system is responsible for preventing and fighting infections, and when the immune system is strong, we are more likely to prevent disease. Medicinal plants support our body at all times, and plants are the primary and mildest means of combating stress and depression. But what could a natural home pharmacy contain and why should everyone have a home pharmacy?
This plant could be at home at any time of the year. It is often thought that the best are the right ones, but in fact, the best in terms of vitamin C content are the leaves.
Mai-Liis says that if you love making smoothies and salads, you shouldn't buy spinach from the store, but instead, pick a spring meadow. If you have picked it fresh, it can be stored in the freezer or dried to enjoy vitamin C even outside of the season.
In the case of this plant, you don't have to be afraid that you will pick something else instead, because it is easy to recognize the grass doll. Your immune system will thank you if you use the grass doll!
2. Lemon balm
This plant can be grown at home even in a pot. Lemon balm is soothing and antiviral. It is especially good against thistle - if you take lemon balm from the freezer even in winter, you will get rid of thistle in a couple of days.
Lemon balm also helps internally. In winter, during the virus season, it is very good to make lemon balm tea.
However, you have to keep in mind that lemon balm quickly loses its usefulness in its dried form, and if it has been standing for half a year, it is more suitable for a foot bath than for internal use.
Mugwort is perhaps not so common, but this plant could also be present at home. It grows as a weed everywhere and can be found in almost every garden.
Mugwort is a good room cleaner. To do this, it is worth tying together five stalks of linen as yarn.
In the form of tea, it helps well against headaches and is good to mix with mint, if it's just that the tea is too "grassy".
Chamomile tea can be drunk every day and all year round. Mai-Liis points out that there are plants that are suitable as sheds, but chamomile is definitely not it - both children and adults can safely drink it.
Chamomile can also be used as a face wash or for children with diaper rash. It also relieves flatulence and is suitable for drinking when you have eaten too much and want to feel lighter in your stomach.
Oregano is an antiviral and antibacterial herb that can be used in food or tea. Mai-Liis shares a trick that when you make baked potatoes, pair them at the end add more oregano at the last minute - this way the good properties are preserved and the food tastes good.
Sage gives a good taste to food, but also helps relieve ear, throat and nasopharyngeal infections. It has its place in the home pharmacy, but Mai-Liis warns that, for example, breast-feeding mothers may lose milk, so it is worth using salves only for a few days in a row.
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