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Herbs are not just plants growing alongside the road. There’s a lot more to them. They were used for medicinal purposes in early times. Today, they hardly find mention in modern medicine. But natural healing is becoming increasingly popular, and the versatility of indigenous herbs in supporting our health is not to be underestimated.

In the Fichtelberg region you will find numerous wild healing herbs that are still used in teas, soups and tinctures by some locals in Oberwiesenthal.

You can find our wild healing herbs mainly on edges of forests and meadows on both the German and Czech sides of the Fichtelberg region.

Here is an overview of the most common wild healing plants in and around the resort of Oberwiesenthal, their uses and their areas of application in natural healing:

Name of Herb Use Application
Spiwwit Herb butter, egg dishes, soups, herbal quark, fish, herbed salt, schnapps, tinctures, salves, bath salts Digestive problems (relieves cramps)
Mugwort Spice in fatty dishes (roast goose, pork fat, for storing grilled meats), soups, cheese, egg dishes, bitters-schnapps Activates digestive juices and stimulates the appetite and promotes digestion
Stinging nettle Teas, soups, spinach, salads, vegetables, salts, schnapps For treating the urinary tract, respiratory organs, stomach and bowel problems, blood cleaning, skin problems and rheumatic complaints
Rowan berry Fruit spreads, schnapps The berries contain a lot of vitamin C and are sometimes called “lemons of the north”
Lady’s mantle Tea, bath salts, salads, soups Mild agent against bowel problems, used in gynaecology
Ground elder Soups, wild herb spinach, salads, herbal soft drinks Anti-inflammatory effects
Dog rose Teas, mush, bath salts, liqueurs  
Black elder Tea, syrup, soup, liqueur, vinegar Stimulates perspiration
Dandelion Tea mixtures, bitters, flower butter, syrup, pesto, vegetables, honey For treating stomach and gall bladder problems
Yarrow Egg dishes, herb butter, soup, tea Stimulates the appetite, promotes digestion, stops cramps
Chickweed Wild herb soup, herb bread, rolls, salads Expectorant for coughs
Meadowsweet Tea, liqueur, jelly

Was used to make aspirin

Sorrel Soup, salad, herbal dips, sauces  
Small-leaf willowherb Vegetables, tea, salads Contains a lot of Vitamin C and iron
Comfrey Salves, tinctures, vegetables Anti-inflammatory effects
Meadow bistort Soup, salad, wild herb spinach  
Amica Salves, tinctures For any sports injury (e.g. blood loss, sprains), gout, rheumatism, arthrosis
Horsetail Bath salts, teas Acts as a diuretic, relieves neurodermatitis
Ribwort Soups, salads, cough drops, syrup First aid plant for insect bites and stinging nettles


Source: Christel Stolle, herb expert and herb instructor

Note: Do not gather herbs in protected areas.

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