Why edible wild plants are the epitome of food


Edible wild plants and herbs are a fantastic source of nutrition – naturally organic, they grow with great sunlight, air and soil of the mountains, thus absorbing the best energy of mother nature. There is a wide range of wild plants that can be used not only as food, but also as medicine. How can you make use of this most natural and powerful source of food?

I had the great opportunity to participate in the Wild Plants Workshop by Dr. Michael Machatschek, an expert in this field with over 35 years of experience, a rare and valuable knowledge that he is passionate to pass on.

„How can you ever be sick if you eat wild plants that not only give you great energy, but also heal you at the same time?“

We arrived in the mountains, in Hochkar in Lower Austria, as a group of about 20 persons. The first thing one notices upon getting out of the car was the incredibly fresh, clean and cool air with the beautiful sound of nature – what a cleaning environment for our soul! A wonderful place, where we will spend the following two days.

The program consisted of hiking the beautiful mountains, learning about all edible plants on the go that we encountered and also collecting them.

 

Let me show you three useful plants we learned, starting from the most common one…

Cumin

Cumin

Cumin are the seeds of this delicate plant and are used widely as an ingredient for cooking and baking, mostly used in bread and meat. It aids in weight loss and detox!

Health benefits:

  • purifies your blood
  • warms your stomach
  • improves digestion
  • burns fat reserves

Lady’s mantle

Lady’s mantle earned its name because the leaves of this plant look very much like a lady’s cape when you pluck it and look at it from the bottom. This can be collected, dried and used as tea, preferably for women. The best time to collect them is during Summer.

Health benefits:

  • great against female disorder, such as period pain
  • treats menstropausal symptoms
  • good for your womb
  • recommended before giving birth to decrease labour pain
  • the flowers are sweet smelling and are said to be an aphrodisiac

Bitter milkwort

This blue flower can mobilise heavy metals and thus can prevent a deterioration of your brain. Heavy metals like sticking themselves to fat and our brain consists mostly of fat cells. As this flower only mobilises the heavy metals out of your tissue, you need to drink lots of water for the body to get rid of it naturally through urination.

How to use it:
Put it in alcohol for about four weeks while exposing it to day- and nightlight. You may drink it together with a lot of water throughout the day, otherwise you might damage your brain. So use with caution. (Please note that I cannot be held accountable for any damages that may result from an improper use.)

There are wild plants that are used for medical purposes as seen above, but also many that can be used as vegetables, which we collected a proper amount of during these two days and prepared together in the hotel kitchen to have for lunch and dinner! And they all have great health benefits!

 

This workshop was just perfect for me – educational, useful, fun and above all: Great for my health to be in fresh mountain air & sunlight and to have the freshest and healthiest plants as my source of energy!

Forget-me-not

Forget-me-not <3

Fun things to do in Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, or „five villages“ in English, is located along the coastline of North Italy. It is very popular among tourists, I mean, look at all the colourful houses! <3 I fell in love with this place and I really enjoyed my time there in each one of those five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore (West to East)! I could go back any time!

Here is my list of fun things to do in Cinque Terre:

Hike and take a dip on each village’s own beach(es)

You can hike your way through Cinque Terre, unless a hiking trail is closed for maintenance. Besides taking the train, this is the best way to get around Cinque Terre. You will be rewarded with great views and you can lose some weight doing so 😉 haha. Whenever you arrive at a village you can take a dip in the sea, cool down, relax, and recharge with some snacks!

Picnic with a view!

Enjoy a picnic with the best view possible over Vernazza! Isn’t it totally worth the photo? =D
I recommend having a picnic in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat. Grab a blanket, some fruits, baked goodies, drinks and you are good to go!

How to get there?

Follow the hiking trail from Vernazza to Monterosso for about ten minutes. This place is hidden behind a fence, which I climbed over, haha! Be careful yourself if you do that too 😉

Snorkel to a private beach

I have a thing for rocks at the beach and this private beach in Monterosso has a huge one! However, despite having to pay for entry it still gets crowded. Since I arrived early afternoon, it was full and further entry was not allowed. =/ But well, I always find ways to get what I want…haha.

So I kept walking further until there was a stairway down, which leads to a restaurant, but if you keep on moving downwards there will be a stony path to the waters! There are big flat rocks on which you can lay your towels and things and then jump into the ocean. I snorkelled my way to the private beach, which took me around 10 minutes (I am a slow swimmer =D). Nobody noticed nor cared, so enjoy your time there 😉

Try their local delicacy: Anchovies (Acciughe)

I love to try local delicacies and these anchovies are a great snack inbetween, especially after a morning dip in the sea! They are freshly caught, marinated and deep-fried. Not the healthiest thing, as it is deep-fried, but good for the occasion.

Enjoy the sunset

Sea and sunset go hand in hand. I love watching them and there are numerous nice places to do so. My favourite place is in Riomaggiore. There is a rocky path at the coast, which is safe to climb and you get an amazing view from there! Enjoy it with a slice of take-away pizza or some anchovies =)

Rent a kayak or a boat

There are boat rentals everywhere and you can take a kayak or a boat to get to the next village. While doing so you can enjoy the great view from the sea! It will be worth the photo =D

Stargazing at the beach

Monterosso has by far the longest stretch of beaches and in the evening, there are empty sun loungers everywhere. So after dinner, occupy an empty lounger and gaze up at the starry sky to some nice music 😉 Isn’t it romantic? *.*

So these are my favourite things to do there, I hope it inspires you for your next vacation.

Have you been to Cinque Terre before and if yes, will you go back again? If not, I hope it is now on your bucket list. Share in the comments below 😉