Many wild berries, mushrooms and herbs contain plenty of healthy nutrients. They are nature’s own pharmacy – and taste delicious, too!
Spruce sprout, a sprout of new life, contain a lot of trace elements, vitamins A and C and a plenty of antioxidants. Spruce sprout syrup has traditionally been used as a cough medicine and to cure bronchitis. Spruce sprout syrup removes mucus, alleviates inflammation and helps with the symptoms of flu.
Fireweed or rosebay willowherb is an edible healing plant which grows on logged sites, on shores and road verges. It strengthens the immune system, reduces water retention and defends against inflammation. Its stems and flowers are edible and can be prepared similar to asparagus or used as decoration. The roots are rich in steroids and they can be dried and ground into flour.
The health benefits of bilberry have been studied intensively in the arctic area. Bilberry is said to improve memory, it stimulates, improves blood circulation in the brain and helps against constipation. Bilberries contain zinc, carotene, vitamins B, C and E. Its seeds are rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Nettle is a wild herb which is full of nutrients and taste. In traditional medicine, it has been used to alleviate symptoms of rheumatism, kidney stones and asthma. It is a natural diuretic and contains vitamin C, calcium and iron. Nettle is suitable for herbal spice mixtures or to be used as a spice alone.
(Vaccinium vitis-ideana vitis)
Lingonberries are rich in different vitamins such as vitamin C and E. They also contain calcium, manganese, fiber and flavonoids. Lingonberry is a natural remedy and probiotic against cystitis, it detoxes and strengthens the immune system.
Dried yarrow flowers have been used in traditional medicine to heal wounds and can be used as „plaster“. Yarrow heals purulent, infected wounds and works as a painkiller. Tea made from yarrow soothes an upset stomach. Yarrow has a strong spicy taste and it is also used as a spice. Its flower and leaves are suitable for making sauces and teas.
Yellowfoot or Funnel chantarelle
Yellowfoot or funnel chantarelle is a versatile and tasty mushroom which grows lurking amongst the moss under spruce trees. This mushroom contains among other things vitamin D, trace elements, fiber and beta glucan which improves cholesterol levels and boosts heart health.
Buckthorn is a true vitamin bomb with high level of vitamin C but also all other vitamins except for vitamin D. It grows in sandy soil and is very drought resistant. The tart buckthorn berries are suitable for making juices and berry powders.
Common dandelion is a traditional herbal medicine, which the latin word “officinale” indicates. In Chinese medicine, dandelion is used among other things to detox the liver and blood and to reduce fever. Dandelions contain plenty of vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. Flowers, roots and leaves are edible as such or can be dried and used as powders and extracts.