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Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)



Stimulating, restorative, potency-increasing, blood pressure lowering, digestive

Areas of application:

Flat, indigestion, impotence, frigidity, boils, ulcers, insect bites, itchy and/or weeping rashes, headaches

Plant parts used:

Root, leaves

Collection time:


To find:

In riparian forests, on stream banks, ditches and on well-fertilized meadows.


Bitter substances, essential oil, furanocoumarins


☕ Tea: Add 1 teaspoon of root to 1/4 liter of cold water, heat briefly to boiling and drink up to 3 times a day.

🛑 Attention!!! Caution is advised when collecting, as some people react allergically, namely with meadow dermatitis, to the leaves of the hogweed. The sap of the plant can cause skin inflammation when exposed to strong sunlight. This is particularly true for the foreign species of hogweed, the "Hercules plant", which can cause burns when touched.

In the kitchen you can use the very young, raw leaves of hogweed with old potatoes, they then taste better and in egg dishes as well as in sauces and salads. The larger leaves are also used for hogweed soup, hogweed puree, in vegetables or in casseroles.

Many people here know it as meadow hogweed and in some communities it has to be reported for removal.

The giant hogweed Heracleum mantegazzianum, which comes from the Caucasus, also displaces many herbs here.

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