Acker-Hellerkraut is a medicinal plant that is considered to be helpful against inflammation. However, their healing effects are poorly understood.

Occurrence & cultivation of the field Hellerkraut

The field hellebore (Thlaspi arvense) belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables (Brassicaceae). The annual plant is also known under the names Ackertäschel, field pennywort or Acker-Täschelkraut. The field hellebore ( Thlaspi arvense ) belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetables ( Brassicaceae ). The annual plant is also known under the names Ackertäschel, field pennywort or Acker-Täschelkraut. The field cabbage has a similarity to the shepherd's purse. However, it belongs to a different genus of plants. In addition, his seed bags are rounder. The name Acker-Hellerkraut is probably due to the similarity of the fruits with Heller coins.

Acker-Hellerkraut prefers to grow in Central Europe. Most commonly, the plant is found on fields, along roadsides and in spruce forests. The medicinal herb prefers to grow on calcareous soils, because without lime it can not grow. In addition, the field cabbage often occurs on loose clay soils that are rich in nutrients. Not infrequently, the plant grows on grain or root crops.

The flowering time of the Acker-Hellerkrauts lies between April and June. But sometimes it can last until the end of September. The plant height is between 10 and 40 centimeters. The bald herb has a yellow-green color. If the plant is grated, garlic smell occurs. The round-oval cotyledons reach a length of 6 to 8 millimeters. The most branched stalk of the Acker-Hellerkraut grows upright. During waxing, a rosette consisting of serrated leaves first appears. Later it comes to expelling the thin stems. On this then thrive small, white flowers.

Effect & application

The ingredients of the Acker-Hellerkrauts include important vitamins such as vitamin C as well as magnesium, oil and mustard oil. The medicinal plant is attributed various properties that have a positive effect on human health. So the field-Hellerkraut works both externally and internally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

For therapeutic use come the herb and the seeds of the plant. Since the flowers and the young leaves are edible, they can also be used for the kitchen. They have a kresseartigen, spicy-sharp taste. Another typical feature is the intense scent of the herb. Against herbicides, the plant is relatively insensitive.

Before the application of the Acker-Hellerkraut for therapeutic purposes, the pods are peeled off the black seeds after harvest time. However, it is important to pay attention to the dryness of the seeds. To dry them, they can simply be left lying in the sun. But also a drying in the oven is possible, as long as the heat does not turn out too big. Then the seeds are ground and stored in a can.

There are several ways to use the field-Heller herb therapeutically. So in the case of a cold, a tea can be boiled, which combats the flu symptoms such as the common cold. It also has a positive effect on the kidneys, the liver and the stomach. However, those who suffer from a stomach or intestinal inflammation, should better refrain from the enjoyment of the tea.

The tea can also be used as an external treatment for wraps or pads such as dermatitis and boils. It can also be a tincture of field-Hellerkraut be used, which is mixed with water. If there is a vaginal infection, the tea helps in the form of a sitz bath.

Decoction from crushing seeds is considered helpful in clearing the blood if the patient suffers from an excess of uric acid in the blood, gout or rheumatic diseases. Dried seeds can also be chewed if inflammation occurs in the mouth or on the gums. Furthermore, the field Hellerkraut has a toning effect.

Importance for Health, Treatment & Prevention

Although the field bright chewing has many positive effects on health, it is currently unknown to the therapeutic application of unknown. Due to its high content of vitamin C, it was used in earlier years for the treatment and prevention of vitamin C deficiency or scurvy. This disease was mainly found in sailors.

Nowadays the field hellebore can be used for the treatment of gynecological problems such as menstrual cramps or vaginal irritation. Due to the sweat-inducing and expectorant effect, the herb is also used for the treatment of fever and bronchitis. In addition, it has a diuretic effect, making it good for kidney inflammation.

In the field of natural medicine, the Acker-Hellerkaut is used to treat eye diseases. However, care should be taken with this treatment. Thus, the substances of the plant can irritate the eyes. In addition, the herb has the property of killing bacteria in the form of squeezed juice. Likewise, the medicinal plant is suitable for the treatment of insect bites or tick bites. Thus, the field hellebore prevents excessive swelling of the stitch or bite sites. Furthermore, the annoying itching is counteracted. If, however, viruses get into the body through a tick bite, the plant has no positive effect.

Other potential uses include uterine infections, uterine lining, rheumatism, liver weakness, bronchitis, endometriosis, inflammation of the skin, as well as boils and carbuncles. Homeopathy also uses field cabbage for therapeutic purposes. Thus, the medicinal plant is highly diluted against urinary tract diseases for use.

When taking in the field bright cabbage, a large amount must not be exceeded. Also for an application over a longer period of time the plant is not suitable. This reduces the number of erythrocytes (red blood cells) in the body. For this reason, the dose should always be moderate.

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