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.