The white bedstraw and meadowsweet blossoms add flavour to milk and cream in desserts, bluebells make a delicate addition to a salad and the reddish sorrel petals look fabulous on a carrot soup. The stinging nettle seeds hanging in thick bunches from the plants in summer are a real energy bomb. These ‘meadow nuts’ are full of vitamins and minerals and taste great roasted or dried on top of salad or in muesli. However, eating nettle seeds was strictly forbidden in Medieval monasteries as they were considered an aphrodisiac that could tempt the monks away from chastity.
The year 2020 marked 200 years since the birth of Sebastian Kneipp. To celebrate, Kneipp-Bund e.V. has launched ‘Kneipp 2021’, a campaign to promote the potential of Kneipp’s natural methods for healthcare and healing purposes.