I Love Wild Plants For Uncredible Health

Slightly cloudy, a degree colder, but beautiful morning and the trail took me to cultivated fields where a veritable treasure trove of omega-3 fatty acids is growing. Of course, I’m talking about Portulaca oleracea. Again a translation problem, but the image will be credible enough.

This plant is an herbaceous annual with a fleshy stem and dark green oval leaves that grow wild on cultivated and abandoned soils and along paths. It is believed to be native to Asia but also thrives in the temperate climate of other continents.
Omega-3 fatty acids are deficient in the modern diet and are found mainly in fish.
These are important for the heart and blood vessels and for strengthening the immune defense. Among other things, Portulaca oleracea is credited with influencing improved blood flow and preventing the formation of clots in blood vessels.

The plant is harvested all summer. For medicinal purposes, we use its above-ground parts, which can be dried and crushed into powder (capsules) or fresh in rolls and compresses.

Portulaca oleracea contains, among other things:

– high in plant omega-3 fatty acids. 100 grams of fresh leaves contain 300 to  400 milligrams of fatty acids.
– mucus (which helps inflamed mucous membranes)
– antioxidant vitamins C, E and beta-carotene (which is converted into vitamin A in the body)
– antioxidant glutathione
– potassium and calcium minerals.

Young shoots of the plant can be eaten fresh in a salad, steamed, or prepared in the soup. It can be cooked much like spinach. Portulaca oleracea has a slightly sour, salty, and lemon taste. The leaves are most commonly used in cooking, but the roots, flowers, and seeds are also edible.

As a culinary herb, it is being rediscovered in the UK. In French cuisine, meaty leaves are used raw in salads or cooked in equal proportions with sorrel in the classic bonne femme soup. In Asia, fat is used in dishes prepared by roasting and mixing. Australian natives used the seeds in cakes.

Portulaca oleracea also works well for soaking, for which we use wine or apple cider vinegar, seasoned with garlic, hot peppers, and whole peppercorns.

Wild Plants In Everyday Lives

As I said in a previous article, I continue with wild plants and everything that enriches our everyday lives. Today I decided to present the Chenopodium album.

I use the Latin term because unfortunately, I could not find the translation. I am attaching a picture and I believe that you will easily find the plant on a nearby meadow, hiking trails, at the edge of the forest …

It is a very widespread “weed”, which has been systematically cultivated in some places. It turns out that the consumption of this plant has a huge positive impact on health. In addition, this plant is also very tasty – it tastes a bit like spinach. Because the leaves contain a lot of minerals, they have a slightly salty taste. If you dry and grind them, you can easily use them instead of salt.

Chenopodium album contains large amounts of vitamins A and C. In addition, it can contain many B vitamins. Among the minerals contained in this plant, calcium, manganese, potassium, iron, and copper stand out. Of course is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which is crucial for good digestion and for a healthy heart and blood vessels.

Chenopodium album leaves can be used to soothe the skin after insect bites and to promote healing of minor wounds and sunburns. They also relieve joint pain. Tea made from the leaves of Chenopodium album is very useful for stomach problems. Because the plant, as already mentioned, contains a lot of iron, it helps prevent anemia. Is also great for detoxifying the body. If you have problems with constipation, you can make tea from the roots of the plant, as it will act as a mild natural laxative. The roots are also useful for making natural cleansers. In them, we find saponins, which foam in water, similar to soap.

Wild Plants In Our Diet

Summer is in all its beauty also in my place. I am outside every day and I recharge my batteries for the days when summer will slowly give way to autumn. I observe all this lavishness, primordial wildness, colorfulness, and abundance. And it was this wildness of the plant that attracted me. We are used to buying food in supermarkets, maybe we also grow it in our gardens, fields…
But we rarely think that we can find it in nature and include it in our daily diet. And I would like to talk about that today and in the days to come. Introduce some wild plants and what benefits they bring to our bodies.
I decided to introduce the nettle first because I assume you all know it.

Young tops and leaves are an excellent stimulator of iron and calcium metabolism. Nettle tea, as well as the leaves themselves, eliminate acidity and detoxify the body. It has always been used to treat rheumatic diseases.

The modern pharmacy has proven to be beneficial in flushing kidney sand. Less well known is that nettle roots have been used in monastic medicine to treat prostate problems. As it increases the flow of urine through the bladder, it reduces its stagnation. This, too, has been confirmed by modern science. We use fresh or dried leaves to make tea. They can also be added to food and eaten as vegetables. Nettle roots are dug up, cleaned, and dried in autumn. We make tea from them. We can consume up to about 6 g of roots per day.
They contain precious oils and proteins. It is one of the best superfoods to improve blood count and overall immunity. In the monastery medicine, there are records of the treatment of asthma with nettle seeds mixed with honey. However, if they added ground pepper and red wine to such a mixture, they got a real love potion.

Nettle root tea was once used to massage and wash the scalp. Thus, they strengthened the hair roots and accelerated hair growth.

Nettle seeds also have an extremely high nutritional value. These are actually tiny fruits. They contain precious oils and proteins.

Why Avocado Is Great For Health

Avocado is considered one of the healthiest fruits on earth, as it contains as many as 25 essential nutrients in large quantities, including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, as well as copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. In addition, avocado is rich in dietary fiber, protein, and other phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione, and lutein, which can protect us from various diseases. Avocados are also high in healthy monounsaturated fats.


Why is avocado so good for health?

Avocado is a fruit that is extremely rich in ingredients that take care of our good health. What are the ones that are worth emphasizing, read below.

Avocado helps you maintain cardiovascular health: Avocados contain vitamin B6 and folic acid, which help regulate homocysteine ​​levels. Elevated levels of homocysteine ​​are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Avocados also contain vitamin E and monounsaturated fats to help keep your heart healthy.

It lowers cholesterol levels: Avocados are rich in beta-sitosterol, which helps lower blood cholesterol levels. Patients with mildly elevated cholesterol who ate avocados regularly throughout the week lowered their total cholesterol by 17%, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels by 22%, and HDL cholesterol by 11%.

It controls blood pressure: Avocados are high in potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure.

It is distinguished by many anti-inflammatory properties: Polyphenols and flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties, so regular consumption of avocado can reduce inflammation in the body and the risk of various degenerative diseases.

Avocado cares for eye health: Avocados contain a lot of the carotenoid lutein, which takes care of eye health
Avocados are rich in antioxidants, so they can inhibit certain aging processes. Glutathione in avocados takes care of a strong immune system and the health of the nervous system.

Avocado is a great skincare food. Avocado oil nourishes the skin and gives it a glow. This oil is also very effective in psoriasis.