Called the Bear's paw in the Balkans, Hogweed is mostly connected to symbols of power, strength and potency. It is a strong aphrodisiac, excellent for urogenital health, prostate and libido.
Called the Bear's paw in the Balkans, Hogweed is mostly connected to symbols of power, strength and potency.
In the Balkans, this plant is revered for its beneficial influence on the urogenital tract and prostate problems.
It is known as a man's plant. It helps with all problems related to the urogenital tracts and prostate, but additionally it has a stimulative effect on potency and libido, especially if impotency is caused by exhaustion, stress, anxiety etc. It is one of the leading aphrodisiacs.
Hogweed was widely employed medicinally by native North American Indian tribes who used it to treat a wide variety of complaints, but especially as a poultice on bruises, sores etc. A poultice of the heated leaves has been applied to minor cuts, sore muscles etc. It has also been used as a wash to remove warts.
The leaves are tonic, meaning they help our general well-being and aid our optimal functioning. They have been used in the treatment of colds. A soothing drink made from the leaves is used to treat sore throats and diarrhoea.
Dosage and preparation:
Tea - Add 1 tablespoon of dried herb in 1 cup of boiled water and cover it for 30 minutes.Drink it 3 times a day, before meals, unsweetened.
Tincture - 20 to 30 drops, 3 times a day.
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Hogweed is one of the plants that are considered rare and not well know, apart from a few herbalists that include it in their practices. Heracleum Sphondylium is its latin name and in the Balkans it is know as bear paw , due to the shape of the leaf. It is a rare mountainous plant, not unlike bears themselves.
The natural habitat of this plant is Europe and Asia. The latin name is connected to Heraclitus, who was a symbol of strength and this reveals a bit of its medicinal potency.
The smell of the leaf reminds of celery so it is often used in soups and salads. Apart from many minerals and vitamins it has, it contains only 50 calories so it widely used in nutritionism.
This is one of the rarest herbs we have, picked from the mountains of Balkans...don't miss out on the well kept secrets of our forests!