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Speik, Real (Valeriana celtica)


Speik

Effect:

nerve-strengthening


Areas of application:

Nervous diseases, colds with fever, to improve mood during menopause


Plant parts used:

Root


Collection time:

Autumn


To find:

Strictly protected plant, in the Austrian Alps.


Ingredients:

essential oil, bitter substances


Other:

Speik protects against evil spirits and the devil. In the mountain regions people still try to get a piece of spiky root to smoke out their houses and farms around Christmas.


The roots have a high proportion of essential valerian oil, which was used to perfume pages and ointments and to add the extract to beauty waters and baths.


Real Speik is a seasoning for wine and liqueur.

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