Herbs useful for treating ulcer: Cabbage, chamomile.
Herb name: Cabbage, Brassica oleracea
Useful plant parts: leaves
Description: A deeper description of cabbage wasn't added due to its distinctive appearance probably known by most visotors. We can only mention that the (headed) cabbage, along with kale, kohlrabi and cauliflower, originated from the wild cabbage.
Collecting period and locations: The green heads are collected in the fall, and are stored in cold places; or they can be pickled (whole or grated). Cabbage can be found in almost every environment, planted on smaller or larger areas.
Medicinal properties and applications: Cabbage juice has been known as a aid against stomach ulcers. This feature is known from ancient times, and recently it has also been scientifically proven. Additional option of using cabbage are external applications, although this is not as significant as the first noted property of this plant.
Cabbage can also be used in many different meals, such as meat filled cabbage, cabbage salad, but also in many other.
Active compounds: Mineral compounds, many vitamins (including vitamin U), tannins and various organic acids.
Recipe: Fresh leaves from the green heads of cabbage can be used to make a juice by squeezing or by using a juicer. The concentrated juice haves a characteristic scent and a sweet taste. It is very effective in treating stomach problems. Treatment usually lasts several weeks.
Herb name: Chamomile, Chamomilla recutita
Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Useful plant parts: blooms
Description: Chamomile is a smaller plant high usually between 20 and 50 cm. Leaves on the stalk are sliced in feather-like shapes, and the individual stalks with leaves are usually very thin. At the top of some of these thin branches tiny yellow blooms develop with time. These blooms are formed of yellow tube-like flowers in the middle and a white row of flowers on the edge of the bloom.
Collecting period and locations: Usually, blooming flowers are picked, without the stems. The quality of dried chamomile depends on the period of collecting and the drying method, so extra care should be taken with these parameters. Generally, there is a rule that the flowers reach their best healing properties between the third and fifth day after the beginning of flowering (the time when chamomile blooms generally ranges from June to August). Picked flowers are dried using heat, but it should be taken into account that the temperature by doing so, doesn't get higher than 50 ° C.
Medicinal properties and applications: Chamomile is useful both externally and internally. Tea of chamomile can mitigate acute gastric illnesses. It also helps with chronic inflammations of the mucous membranes of the stomach. It can be effective even against ulcers. Chamomile also has a disinfection effect, and therefore it is often applied externally, in the form of baths for washing, and similar methods.
Active compounds: Essential oils, hamazulene, L-bisabolol, glycosides and coumarines.
Recipe: 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers are added to a quarter liter of boiling water and after 10-15 minutes, the tea is strained and drinked while still warm.