Herbs useful for treating cough: Plantago, horsetail, blackberry.
Herb name: Plantago, Plantago major
Medicinal properties and applications: Plantago is an excellent aid for cough, and other lung based diseases. In addition, it has been discovered that certain substances in the plant have antibiotic effects.
Active compounds: Mucilage, silicon dioxide and glycosides.
Herb name: Horsetail, Equisetum arvense
Medicinal properties and applications: Horsetail tea is good for various conditions - for the treatment of rheumatic problems, chronic cough, leg swelling due to problems with substance exchange in the organism, problems with bladder and kidneys. Also, it often a part in tea blends for blood cleansing.
Active compounds: Silicon dioxide, flavonoids and saponins.
Herb name: Blackberry, Rubus fruticosus
Useful plant parts: Leaves and the juice made from fruits
Description: Blackberry is a plant which mostly grows in form of a bush and can grow up to two meters in height. It has this and elastic branches which are usually bent towards the ground. These branches have sharp spines which allow the plant to attach itself to other trees, bushes or fences. The green leaves have an even upper surface, while the lower surface is covered with hair. This plant usually has white or pink flowers which are usually present during summer and autumn.
Collecting period and locations: The leaves of this plant are usually picked during late spring. Afterwards, the leaves are dried by using a heat source, whereby the temperature shouldn't go above 40 °C. The juice is made from ripe fruits which can be picked during summer. As for the locations, blackberries often grow among other bushes, on fences, along foresst edges and on similar places.
Medicinal properties and applications: Blackberries contain tannins which have a positive effect on mucous membranes; this usually becomes evident by gurgling blackberry tea. Blackberries also strengthen the immune system and they are also a good remedy for cough. This plant also has a positive effect on the intestin and it is known to be a good remedy for diarrhea as well.
Active compounds: Tannins, organic acids, flavones and a bit of vitamin C.
Recipe: Two full teaspoons of dried blueberry leaves are added to a quarter liter of boiling water. This is then left for about fifteen minutes. Afterwards, the tea is strained and is ready to be used.