Pumpkin seed in the nature
As for so many other plants for the pumpkin as well, we can thank for the discovery of America, and now it is spread all over the world. This is a popular delicacy. The precious oil made from the seeds is used among other things in the kitchen, as raw material for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. In the nature it has a high vitamin and mineral content, which are very important for our body.
Nettle in the nature
Everyone knows the unpleasant stings of nettles, that’s why so many people are questioning if it can be referred to as herb. It is a 50-150 cm tall, stimulose plant. Nettle leaves are collected, the leaves and the roots are utilized. In the nature it contains minerals such as iron and selenium, as well as provitamin A and vitamin K. The latter two are fat-soluble vitamins.
The nettle has been used before it was known as a medicinal herb. “As strong as linen”: nettle woven shrouds were found during an excavation of Bronze Age graves in Denmark. Its medicinal use can be date back hundreds of years as well: Hippocrates and his Greek contemporaries used the leaves of nettles externally to treat scorpion and snake bites; internally they used it to cure plant poisoning in the 3rd century BC. Around the 19th century the decoction of nettle was applied as a hair-restorer. Early European herbalists cured cough and tuberculosis with nettle leaf tea, and used for allaying scurvy and bleeding. The healing effect of nettle was known and used by the Indian women as well, this knowledge was taken over by the first settlers. The Eclectics of the 19th century used it primarily as a diuretic, as well as for the diseases of the kidneys and the bladder.