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Mallow - Malva silvestris
Habitat: uncultivated from the plain to the sub-mountain areas.
Mallow has important therapeutic properties and must be harvested in full bloom and perfectly dried in the shade. Since ancient times there has been widespread use of the holy leaf, as it was commonly called.
It is prepared with three parts of fresh mallow which are boiled with four parts of butter, until the water contained in the plant has completely evaporated. this ointment is applied in the evening on the face after it has been perfectly cleansed and cures very well the first wrinkles or too rough skin. On the other hand, if the skin is covered with crusts, if it is inflamed by rashes, if it is painful due to some insect bites or burned by some acid; if, again, there are painful paterecci in the fingers, if the eyes are inflamed by dust or cold, if ulcers are accused in the mouth, canker sores or gums ache for some rotten tooth, here is at the service of our health the modest but very effective mauve.
All parts are used, plant, leaves and flowers, which are boiled for a long time in water and are applied in the form of a hot poultice on the painful parts. Also excellent is the lymph of mallow which is prepared by pouring a glass of boiling water over a pinch of dry mallow.
It is drunk twice a day when you are afflicted by an angry cough, bronchial phlegm, inflammation of the intestine or annoying burning in the urinary tract. Furthermore, this infusion can be used very well for internal washing or for calming enemas. A very effective and complete remedy against all inflammatory states of both the bronchi, intestines and urinary tract can be found in a herbal tea with emollient and calming effects. It is prepared by boiling a handful of mallow and three tablespoons of sugar in a glass of water. It is poured and squeezed carefully, adding to the lukewarm liquid thus obtained two tablespoons of lemon juice and a beaten egg white. Of this herbal tea you take one cup several times a day and it will have truly miraculous effects.
Mallow flowers - Malva silvestris (photo website)
Elderberry - Sambucus nigra
Habitat: cool places up to the mountain area.
All parts of this plant are medicinal. We can start with the flowers, those delicate white umbrellas that are cut at the base, possibly on dry days. They lie in the shade, in a sheltered place, collecting them only when they are perfectly dried. Then you can shell them, placing the flowers in a tightly closed glass that will be kept in the dark. If you need a healthy and healthy sweat, without negative consequences for the heart, just put two tablespoons of these flowers in a cup of boiling water, let it sit, pour it, sweeten it with honey and drink this hot infusion, once in bed. To favor the secretion of the milk of new mothers, the same infusion is used, sipped in two cups a day.
a spoonful of flowers boiled in a glass of water is a mild laxative particularly suitable for children, convalescents or elderly people. The black fruits that ripen in the autumn serve, boiling two tablespoons in a glass of water, to prepare a healthy and effective purgative.
But elderberry is also useful when the last leaves and the last fruits have already fallen. There is still the bark, excellent for those suffering from dropsy, accumulation, that is, water in the belly. For this purpose, the elderberry wine will be served and prepared by macerating three hectograms of elderberry bark for three days in a liter of generous white wine. This wine is filtered and drunk, the real enemy of that very bulky water, in the measure of one glass a day.
Mallow - Elderberry - Thyme
Thyme - Thymus serpyllum
Habitat: arid sunny areas from the plain to mountain areas.
It is an all-scented seedling that grows in the fields and in the woods, presenting long, thin branches, with a woody structure and meandering low ground; the leaves, on the other hand, are small, oval, without peduncles; the flowers are also small, pinkish white and very fragrant. This plant effectively cures slow and difficult digestions, accompanied or not by excessive gastro-intestinal gas. It is sufficient, in these cases, to drink after meals a cup of hot water in which an abundant pinch of thyme has been infused. When children, especially in the first months of life, are affected by cough and phlegm without being able to expectorate, the administration of the infusion of thyme will be an excellent precaution. It is prepared by placing a generous spoonful of thyme in a bowl of boiling water which will then be sweetened with sugar or honey and which will be administered in teaspoons several times a day. With this treatment not only will the reabsorption of the phlegm be promoted, but any worms that have lurked in the small organism will be eliminated. With lymph, drunk hot before bedtime, you will be able to quell dry coughs and hoarseness, while gargling will contribute to hygiene and cleanliness of the upper respiratory tract. Thyme, perfectly dried and finely pulverized, combined with talc gives an excellent aspergent powder, very useful and effective in case of excessive perspiration of the feet with relative odors and often unbearable pangs.
Ferrante Cappelletti Herbal health Medicinal plants of the Alps Publilux Trento 1977