Mint: The aromatic herb in your own garden

Mints are like many other spice and medicinal plants to the labiates. As perennial shrubs they are found in the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere, in South Africa and Australia. Since mints can easily be crossed, a variety of different species have evolved in many fragrances that can be grown in the garden or in pots.

In addition to the well-known peppermint with its typical aroma is found in nurseries and garden centers a number of other species, such as the spearmint. It contains less menthol than peppermint and is reminiscent of cumin. The apple mint, on the other hand, smells of fresh apples, while the orange mint spreads a scent of orange blossom. The range also includes pineapple mint, Mexican mint or spearmint. The latter gives especially the chewing gum the taste.


Since mints can easily be crossed, a variety of different species have evolved in many fragrances that can be grown in the garden or in pots.
Since mints can easily be crossed, a variety of different species have evolved in many fragrances that can be grown in the garden or in pots.
Warm and moist
Mint grows almost in all garden soils and are less demanding in terms of climatic conditions. They prefer a moist soil and should therefore be supplied with water regularly during extended periods of drought. But beware: waterlogging does not tolerate these plants.

The spice and medicinal herb also thrives in partially shaded locations. In warm places, however, the mint develops particularly many fragrant ingredients. Anyone who pulls the mint on the balcony requires at least a 60 cm large flower box, in which at most two to three mints are planted. For planting ordinary potting soil is suitable.

Enough distance
Since the mint is a fast-growing plant and spreads extensively in the garden by foothills, it should be placed in the garden bed with a distance of 40 to 50 cm. It is worthwhile to incorporate previously mature compost or good manure in the soil. After about three years, the mints are dug up, divided and transplanted.

From June to flowering is harvest time. Depending on requirements, individual leaves can be plucked off. The plant can also be cut off about ten centimeters above the ground as a whole. The plant parts are fresh or dried, for seasoning or as tea use. For drying, the mints are tied together into small bunches and hung upside down in an airy, dry place. As the plants bloom, the content of oils and other ingredients decreases. The harvest should therefore take place before the actual flowering time.

An unsweetened tea from mint leaves is particularly beneficial for complaints such as nausea and bloating in the gastrointestinal area.
An unsweetened tea from mint leaves is particularly beneficial for complaints such as nausea and bloating in the gastrointestinal area.
Healing effect
The leaves of the mints contain ethereal oils and menthol as well as tannins and bitter substances as well as peperic acid. The healing power of mints has been known for a long time. They have a disinfecting, calming, cooling and antispasmodic effect. An unsweetened tea from mint leaves is particularly beneficial for complaints such as nausea and bloating in the gastrointestinal area. Mint tea also relieves spasms of the digestive organs, stimulates the digestive juices and especially on the bile. A steam bath with mint tea for colds, pharynx and bronchial catarrh has a very favorable effect.

Peppermint oil is used as an antiseptic for skin problems as it is a wonderful cleanser for the skin. The mind can help heal infections and itching, therefore, it is an effective remedy for acne or all kinds of discomfort on the skin.

Peppermint also has an anti-itch effect, which gives a pleasant feeling of refreshment, which is why it is often used to treat insect bites on the skin such as mosquitoes and fleas. Mint immediately reduces itching and reduces the size of the lesions due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

All it takes is to breathe in a little mint flavor or put a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser to feel how we charge energy. Peppermint increases the functioning of our brain and makes it more alert and concentrated; It helps in fatigue, tiredness and even depression.

A good way to use these properties is to put a few drops of mint on your pillow and let our body recover while sleeping.

Thyme ointment – good for colds and joint problems

Thyme is my favorite sun child, whose healing effect works until the winter. He is great in the herb pot pull and enjoys us as a kitchen even under the year. But did you know that you can also make a thyme ointment? This helps well against cold and joint complaints.

Gardening – urban gardening *
I always have thyme at home. You get it all year round as a fresh organic herb in organic quality. If you plant it in the garden, you should buy real thyme (thymus vulgaris). He grows up to 40 cm tall and is a robust, strongly rooted subshrub. Originally from Spain, he has spread very well in Central and Western Europe.

Thyme free
curative effect
Scientifically proven, it is antiviral and antibacterial. Therefore, it is well suited against mucus of the respiratory system, lung mucus, cough, whooping cough, bronchial catarrh and others. Particularly popular with children is the thyme syrup, which tastes very good and is more popular than conventional cough syrup. In the video “Thyme Syrup made yourself” you will find a guide. To relieve cold symptoms you can also make yourself a cold balm. The recipe is based on a herbal mixture of thyme, eucalyptus and pine oil. In addition, it works well against inflammation of the oral and pharyngeal mucous membranes. Achievements made synonymous with joint complaints.


Thyme ointment – good for colds and joint complaints
Therefore it is always good to have a thyme ointment and a thyme oil at home. As a basis for the production of a thyme ointment you need a good thyme oil. How you make the herbal oil extract yourself, you can the contribution

Make herbal extract yourself

remove. It is worth to make a thyme oil, because you can not use it only for the production of healing ointments. It is also a great oil for marinating salads, mushrooms and grilled meats. If you have the time or desire to make the thyminal oil yourself, then please buy a high-quality organic oil.

thyme oil
In case of bronchitis and severe cough, you can perform a thyme oil chest wrap. For this you dissolve in a ratio of 1:10 ethereal thyme oil with olive or distich oil and heated it in a water bath to body temperature. Apply to an old towel and put on a chest wrap. To make the thyme ointment you need the following in addition to the oil:

• 30 ml of thyme oil
• 3 grams of beeswax

The recipe is a vegetarian version of the thyme ointment. Use the thyme oil described above and heat in a water bath. Dissolve the beeswax in it. If everything is liquid, then you can fill the oil in an ointment container. Both recipes last about 6 months. If you want a longer shelf life, then you should add 2-3 drops of vitamin E to it.

For cold problems simply lubricate on the chest and bronchial area. In case of joint problems rub the affected area with it.

Here on the herb witch, I have often talked about the treatment options of bronchitis. A good overview of this can be found in the article “Overview of medicinal herbs for respiratory diseases”.

Stomachache and feeling of fullness

During some days you like to eat well and often too much. This often leads to stomach ache and feeling of fullness. So it’s time to do something good for your stomach and do a little shorter.

Sometimes the appetite is so great that you stuff everything in yourself, which only exists. From my own experience, I know that very well. 😉 Especially now, around the holidays, we tend to eat a lot. How do you feel about it, most of us know! But there are a few tips and tricks on what to do about it!

Here on the herbal witch I have already put together several articles on the subject stomach / intestine. A good overview can be found below


The gut, the mirror of your soul

In case of acute help following tips

What to do if you have a stomachache and a feeling of fullness?

Carrot juice: Drink fresh carrot juice, about 100 ml of it should be enough. Can also be taken preventively.
Chew a raw slice of potato well and then swallow it. Potato binds the excess stomach acid and thus helps restore a well-being.
Avoid carbonic acid, it only inflates the stomach.
The following teas help: chamomile, peppermint, anise, yarrow, lemon balm, fennel, blackberry, ginger and marshmallow leaves. Several cups of it work wonders.
Cumin tea helps in the digestion of greasy, sour and flatulent food. Both for prevention and for relief.
Warmth also does the stomach good. Place a hot water bottle or a warm cherry stone pillow on the stomach and wait.
Ginger is an absolute all-rounder in terms of digestion and fullness. In addition, ginger helps with nausea. Just douse a few slices of ginger with hot water, infuse and drink (hot or cold).

Personally, I always recommend a self-made bitters or herbal schnapps.

Does my immune system work? Which herbs help?

The weather is wet and cold, you have stress at work and you feel sickly. Our immune system has the task of protecting our body from pathogens. In this article, I am concerned with the question of how does my immune system and with which medicinal herbs, can I ward off attacks on my immune system?


How does my immune system work?
Most infectious agents can not get through to us. Reason for this is our body surface, such. B. Skin that protects us from it. Therefore, these infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi etc) can be well repelled. Our immune system consists of cells that have the task of communicating with each other in order to counteract the hostile infectious agents. If the function of our immune system is disturbed, then our body is no longer properly protected, which can lead to a variety of health problems.

Disorders of the immune system
If the immune system is disturbed, it comes to a frequent susceptibility to infection. Nevertheless, it is not always just about diseases of the body. Sleep deprivation, stress, vitamin and mineral deficiencies often cause these symptoms. In severe diseases, such as AIDS, cancer or diabetes, it also leads to a weaker immune system.
In addition, it is more common for people to get allergies. This can be done directly when you come in contact with a substance that you are allergic to. In autoimmune diseases, however, the immune system attacks the body’s own cells and destroys them.

Which medicinal herbs help with complaints of the immune system?
With increased susceptibility to infection
Herbs such as the coneflower, the Cape Perlagonie and the Cat’s Claw help. The cat’s claw is currently available only in Austria, beyond also achieved relief in autoimmune diseases. All of these herbs have immune stimulating healing powers.
In allergies, the purple sunhat is said to have supportive effects.
Immunodeficiency due to severe illness
In the meantime, it has been scientifically proven that mistletoe preparations support severe illnesses. They are used in the treatment of cancer and severe joint disease. For this you have to clarify the details with your doctor.

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.)