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Deer tongue (Asplenium scolopendrium syn. Phyllitis scolopendrium)

deer tongue


expectorant, cough-relieving, anti-inflammatory

Areas of application:

supports the lymphatic vessels, pneumonia, asthma, coughs, abdominal pain, hormonal disorders, menstrual disorders, liver diseases, menopausal symptoms, dropsy, spleen problems, bladder problems, kidney grit, heavy bleeding, burns, gargles, mouthwash

Plant parts used:

the young leaves

Collection time:

May to August

To find:

Protected plant that rarely occurs in ravines, rock crevices, walls or talus slopes.


Tannins, mucilage, amino acids, tannins


☕ Tea: Bring 1 teaspoon of dried or fresh herb to the boil with around 150 g of milk and let it stand briefly. 2 cups are sufficient.

According to Hildegard von Bingen, the fern has such great power that even the devil flees. Anyone who carries the fern with them is protected from enchantments.

Hildegard von Bingen: It is warm and benefits the liver, lungs and aching intestines. Take deer tongue and make a healing potion and drink it before and after eating. This takes away internal rot and mucus. Again, dry deer tongue slowly in the sun and then powder it. Take this powder often on an empty stomach and after eating and it takes away the pain from your head and chest and dulls other pains that are in your body.

Hildegard's deer tongue elixir is a tried and tested preventative measure and is available in many pharmacies.

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