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Lamb's-ear (Stachys byzantina)



antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, antipyretic, digestive, hemostatic, tonic, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic

Areas of application:

Wounds, wound irrigation, fever, internal bleeding, diarrhea, sore throats, oral wounds, liver and heart tonic, insect bites, hemorrhoids

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

May until October

To find:

As a garden plant - ground cover


Alkaloids, bentonicine, stachydrin, bitter substances, tannins


☕ Tea: The fresh leaves are chopped and placed in a pot. Add water and bring to the boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Then let it cool and strain through a coffee filter.

The Lamb's-ear is a perennial plant. It has soft, fluffy leaves that are densely covered with silvery-white or gray hairs that look like velvet. The leaves are oval in shape, 5 to 10 cm long and have a rounded tip. The undersides are more silvery-white in color than the upper sides. The flower stalks grow upright, have square stems and are usually 30 to 60 cm high. The flower spikes are 10 to 15 cm long and have lots of purple flowers that sit close together on the stem. Small leaves also grow on the flowering stems. The crushed plant has a pleasant scent that is slightly reminiscent of apple or pineapple.

In the kitchen, the young leaves can be used in salads or steamed as a vegetable side dish.

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