Marshmallow syrup – a good ally in the cough time

Especially in the time when one in two coughs, one is grateful to have Mother Nature’s help to reduce the cough as well. A good ally in the cough time is Marshmallow. Folk marshmallow is used mainly for diseases of the respiratory system and the gastrointestinal tract because of the contained mucilage, which soothes irritation on all mucous membranes. For mucous respiratory tracts, an expectorant should be used because marshmallow has no expectorant effect and should be used better for dry cough. It has a soothing, hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, softening, immunostimulating, soothing, toning, warming and inhibiting the activity of ciliary hair in the bronchi.

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Marshmallow syrup making it yourself
Making herbal syrups yourself is a sensible alternative to commercial products, because you can make them when you need them. The basic ingredients are always the medicinal herb, sugar and water. Basically, the more sugar in the syrup, the longer it will last. You can use sugar for everyone, preferably the one you have at home.

35 gr dried marshmallow root
¼ liter of water
250 grams of sugar
A storage container

For this you put the marshmallow root in the water overnight. The next day you are rooting. Cook the water with the sugar until the mixture is viscous (about 7 minutes). Hot fill into the container. The marshmallow syrup lasts for 16 weeks. The marshmallow root can be obtained from the pharmacy or online, see link below the blog.

Adult 3x daily 1 tbsp, children over 10 years 3x daily a tsp. (For smaller children, consult with the pediatrician.)

The healing power of mint

From our kitchen, it is hard to imagine the mint. There are countless species and they can be used to spice up food or to refine long drinks. Often it is forgotten that she has great healing effects. In my contribution today I have put together something about the healing properties of mint, also you will find a delicious mint lemon balm syrup recipe.

The mint – an all-rounder
Originally the peppermint came from the far east to us. Since the 17th century, it has been used in a wide variety of diseases. The mint species belong to the mint family. Ackerminze is common almost throughout Europe. The ‘real peppermint’, however, grows exclusively in cultures. From other mints, the peppermint differs in particular by their high menthol content and the taste reminiscent of pepper. Healing in the plant leaves, from which the mint oil is obtained. The pure mint oil differs significantly from the essential mint oil in its healing effect.


Used externally, pure mint oil relieves local pain, such as headache and neuralgic pain. Achieves success in colds by inhaling with the essential peppermint oil through. People who often suffer from headaches should rub their temples with peppermint oil or mint oil.
Even with muscle pain or heavy legs by standing too long or sports the freshness of the mint acts by rubbing, for example with a rapeseed oil-peppermint oil mixture. This is refreshing, cooling and soothing.
Internally, it also has an analgesic and antispasmodic effect. In addition, the mint oil with its by-products triggers a bile-promoting effect, brings gallstone colic or caused by bile galling pain to subside and intestinal spasms and intestinal inflammation. The field mint is used for this.

Traditional Medicine

In the folk medicine one finds in addition a tea against high blood pressure and against irregular heart activity: 100 g peppermint leaves, 100 g chamomile, 50 g yarrow, 50 g anise seeds, 50 g fennel and 50 g caraway. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture for 1 cup in the infusion and drink 2 to 3 cups a day at the same time.

Mint is of course as an oil in a variety of homemade products from my blog inside. So you can find them, for example, in a homemade mouthwash, as an aid against pregnancy sickness.

The strawberry is a fruit of love

In my contribution today I would like to dedicate myself to the strawberry. In addition to the numerous applications in the culinary arts, it also has excellent healing properties. In addition, there are also some delicious recipes that I would like to introduce you.

Strawberry – fruit of love

Basically, the strawberry is distinguished from the wild strawberry. It has been referred to in ancient herbal books as a fruit of love and anyone who has bitten once, knows why. For healing purposes, you can only use the forest strawberry. It blooms from April to June and depending on the location you can harvest the fruits from May / June until autumn.
In folk medicine, the plant was consumed as tea more often. This has a diuretic and astringent. According to Willfort, there are also traditions in which the plant is used for intestinal diseases, gout and nerve inflammation. In addition, it has a positive effect on the stool, purifies the blood and strengthens. Attention, if there is an allergy you have to do without the use of wild strawberry as a remedy. [1, p.126]

Garden Strawberry – Gardening or Urbangardening

The garden strawberry also grows in my garden and is very easy to grow as it is not very demanding. It is one of the first fruits that can be harvested in spring. If you feel like it, you can also pull the strawberry on the balcony or the terrace. It needs to be watered regularly and prefers a sunny spot with a humus rich soil. Strawberries are perennial plants, which are counted among the perennial plants. Both flowers and fruits form on long herbaceous stems near the ground. Strawberries are perennial, so I love them so much. It is a great pleasure to bring fruits for the first time in spring. There are numerous varieties, all of which are delicious. From July usually gets young plants.

Strawberry ice cream

There are really many recipes here. Mine is relatively creamy, but with less sugar.

Pureed 300 g strawberries and
250 ml of cream as well
2 tablespoons of sugar (you’ll have to taste the bulk to avoid the ice from getting too sweet or too bitter.) By processing my own garden strawberries, they already had a sweetie and I did not need more sugar.)
Puree strawberries with the blender. Whip the cream. Then mix strawberry puree, stiff cream and the sugar in a saucepan. Put it in the ice cream machine. I had my ice cream inside for 10 minutes.


Basil herb from the supermarket

Basil is now one of the most popular culinary herbs. Less known is its healing properties. In my contribution today I would like to draw the bow on the versatile use of basil. Let’s take a look from basil tincture to basil oil.

Basil – medicinal herb
Everyone knows basil that they sprinkle over tomatoes with mozzarella. In almost every supermarket you can now buy the plant in a pot. It is one of the mint family and flowers between June and September. There are innumerable types and variants of it. You can pull it well in the apartment or in the garden and terrace. The commercially available basil types are one-year-old.

Curative effect
Among the well-known properties of basil include: digestive, coughing, nerve-calming, sleep-inducing, sweaty. In addition, it works against migraines, nausea and headache.

May inhibit breast cancer: Latest studies indicate that Indian basil inhibits the spread of breast cancer. So far, positive results could be researched in experiments.



Pour one teaspoon of herb with 250 ml of boiling water and leave for 10 minutes. This tea acts as a sweat tea for colds and fever, stomach and constitutional problems, insomnia, menstrual cramps, bloating and cramps.

Application as sneezing powder from folk medicine

Dried and crushed, basil can be used as a support for the sense of smell after a chronic cold.

You use fresh basil and put it in a glass. This you then fill with grain. Close the jar and leave in a dry place for 8 days to 6 weeks. The longer you let the tincture go, the more intense it becomes. From the finished tincture you can then z. For example, take 1-2 teaspoons full or 20-60 drops 3 times a day. I have this tincture in my purse. It works great against migraines, headaches and if you have stomach problems.

Tomatoes and their effect on our health

Now in the summer is again tomato time. I myself have been growing my own tomatoes for years, but you can also find a variety of varieties on our markets. In addition to the diverse applications in the kitchen, tomatoes have a health-promoting effect, which should not be underestimated.

Healing power of the tomato
Tomatoes contain a variety of nutrients that our bodies need. They have a large number of antioxidants, vitamins A and C and folic acid.

1. Free radicals: The antioxidants in tomatoes reduce the expansion of free radicals. This is important in the prevention of cancer and in the protection against aging.
2. Lycopene: First and foremost, tomatoes have the largest share of lycopene. These also help in the fight against cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
3. Pregnancy: We all eat too little folic acid. This can lead to malformations of the baby during pregnancy. Tomatoes contain folic acid and thus protect the baby’s health.
4. Skin: Vitamin C and antioxidants are essential for our skin. They are a big part of it. So you can sun, smoke, wrinkles u.d.g. protect.
5. Tomatoes are a natural sunscreen. The lycopene contained therein protects against skin aging, wrinkles and sunburn. In the summer months you should drink a glass of tomato juice again and again.

By the way: The more concentrated the form in which you take it, the stronger the effect.

Lycopene in mg / 100g:
Concentrated tomato paste: 40 to 60 mg
Tomato paste: 30 mg
Ketchup: 17 mg
Tomato sauce: 16 mg
Canned tomatoes: 10 mg
Tomato juice: 9 mg
Fresh tomatoes: 4-5 mg