The oak was sacred to all ancient peoples as a tree of the gods. Oak leaf tea is excellent for blood spitting, blood flow, involuntary urination, persistent diarrhea and phlegm flow. Oak leaves, dried, crushed into powder and put into wine (1 tablespoon of powder to 1 liter of wine) make an excellent gargle for angina. Ground ripe acorns make an excellent substitute for coffee, which is very beneficial to health. The bark of the oak has a strong astringent effect and is valuable for inflammation.


The wise naturalist Jacob Theodor, also known as Tavernaemontanus (1522-1590), was a botanist, physician and professor of medicine and botany. In 1540, he began studying medicine in Padua and later in Montpellier under Guillaume Rondelet. He wrote: "Raisins are good for the chest, throat, lungs, kidneys, bladder and stomach. If you eat a spoonful of raisins every day, morning and evening, they soften the body and cause good bowel movements."


All fragrant roses have healing properties in their leaves, blossoms and fruit. They have great power against fevers of all kinds, excrete a lot of urine and thus break the power of fever. A decoction of fresh and dried petals, used externally or internally, helps against pain in the eyes, ears, teeth and abdomen. The fresh petals can also be used to make rose syrup, which is famous for strengthening the nerves.

rosa canina

Rosehips have been regarded as a remedy since ancient times, as they contain more vitamins than many other natural products. This is why city children in particular, whose diet is often too low in vitamins, should eat plenty of these fruits. The peel can be made into a tea or syrup as a remedy for kidney and bladder problems, abdominal masses, chest and side stitches and internal burns. The seeds are an excellent remedy for rheumatism, gout and sciatica.

rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary wine is an excellent heart tonic and a remedy for jaundice and dropsy of the heart. Rosemary oil is an effective liniment for gout and paralyzed limbs. Where the air in a sick room becomes stuffy and foul due to fumes, rosemary vapors are used to purify it. For this purpose, sprigs of rosemary are slowly burnt on glowing coals. It was dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite and symbolized love and beauty.

rubus fruticosus

The young shoots of the blackberry are cut in spring, together with other tea herbs for the spring blood purification cure. The fruits are an excellent cooling remedy for heat in the stomach and intestines, diarrhea and intestinal flu. The young leaves, fresh or dried in the shade, mixed with sage, make an excellent tea for severe diarrhea, white river, swollen gums, laryngitis, tonsillitis and intestinal flu.

rubus idaeus

Raspberry juice is a pleasantly cooling drink. Recommended for outbreaks of pneumonia, pleurisy and flu: Pour fresh raspberry juice into boiling water and drink 1 to 2 glasses a day as warm as possible. Even in ancient China, raspberry leaves in particular were used as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory medicine. Made into teas, raspberry leaves kill harmful intestinal bacteria; applied externally, they heal minor skin conditions.

salvia officinalis

A Roman poet wrote: "Cur moreretur homo dum salvia crescit horto?" How can man still die as long as sage grows in his garden? This blessed plant is a universal remedy that is only picked in fine, sunny weather and dried in partial shade. Its "specialty" is its astringent and disinfectant effect. Other effects include antibacterial, cramp-relieving, for all kinds of coughs, memory-strengthening, obesity, insect bites, wounds, eczema, etc.

salvia officinalis

The black elder is a wonderful gift from God; everything about it is useful and effective: the roots, the bark, the leaves, the flowers and the berries. The roots make a potion that is invaluable for water addicts and for obese people who want to slim down again. Tea made from the bark thoroughly clears up bad stomach juices. This plant can also be used for blood purification, eye burns and against dog bites.

solanum tuberosum

Pads of raw, chopped potatoes soothe inflammation and burns in the head, chest and limbs. In cases of encephalitis, raw, scraped potatoes are applied to the forehead and soles of the feet. The green as well as the dried dry herb can be used for foot baths for cramps and stinging in the feet. If you have a fever, it is worth placing thin slices of raw potatoes on your forehead and the soles of your feet (refresh every 3 hours).

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