What to Take with You
In traditional medicine, many flowers, fruits and plants are attributed healing and restorative properties. Gargar abounds with medicinal plants and herbs.
Sambucus nigra, also called elder or elderberry, is used to make juices, jams or is fermented into wine. It has long been known that elderberry flowers, fruits, leaves and bark have diuretic, diaphoretic and laxative properties. They are used in infusions and liquors to treat bronchitis, colds and fever, rheumatism, kidney stone, constipation and abdominal pain. When used externally as an ingredient in compresses and rinses, they cure angina, inflammation of the mucous membrane of the mouth and a number of eye and ear diseases.
Forest chamomile has many health benefits; it is especially good for regulating the functions of the female organs. Chamomile tincture increases the secretion of digestive glands and chamomile essential oil strengthens and deepens breathing, slows down rapid heart rate, dilates blood vessels in the brain. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Hypericum perforatum, also called St. John’s wort, is a perennial herb. It grows everywhere; in meadows, river valleys, glades. Its liquor and alcoholic tincture have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and wormicidal properties. Its leaves and stalks are used in medicine to treat wounds and burns.
Honey Made of Pine Cones
Pine cone honey possesses numerous useful properties and is mostly used as a home remedy for cough. Preparation method: To make pine cone honey, you will need 5 L of water, 2.2 kg of sugar and 80 pine cones. Cut the pine cones in half and rinse them thoroughly. Then add the pine cones to 5 L of water and boil it until its volume reduces to 2.5 L, letting it steep till morning. In the morning, filter the water, place it over a fire by adding 2.2. kg of sugar and boil over low heat until it turns into not so solid honey. After you add citric acid (aka lemon salt) to it, take it off the fire in five minutes.