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Zillertal herb glossary

It’s simply astonishing! Very few people realise just how many medicinal and seasoning herbs grow in our immediate surroundings. All it takes is a little knowledge and Mother Nature can act as our chemist and health food store and supply us with tasty teas and vegetables, medicinal tinctures and ointments, delicious herbs and refreshing lemonade.


Masterwort, the queen of all medicinal herbs, is strong, aromatic and native to Zillertal. This plant from the natural pharmacy is an effective remedy for all manner of ailments.


Wild marjoram

This herb not only tastes great with all vegetable casseroles and meat, but is also extremely good for the entire digestive system. The stems are cut a hand-width from the ground and dried in a dark room.



This plant could almost be described as the hiker’s paramedic: anyone who has injured themselves and doesn’t have a plaster to hand can simply chew on a couple of ribwort leaves and then place them on the wound. This not only disinfects it but also helps it to heal.


Field balm

This herb was historically used as a preservative for beer due to its bitter substances. Today, the young leaves can be cooked like spinach and eaten. As an ointment, the magical plant helps to combat irritated skin and areas of inflammation.



This everyday plant is one of the oldest medicinal herbs. It tastes wonderfully fresh as a salad and vegetable, it has purifying and detoxifying properties as tea and is the best possible flower food as a tincture.



Dried and drunk as tea, coltsfoot is ideal for combating inflamed respiratory organs and coughs. The large leaves with their soft hairs can also be put to practical use as toilet paper for hikers!



The yellow petals can be turned into a tasty spread or sweet syrup. The young, slightly bitter leaves are a great form of salad. The dried roots were even formerly used to make a kind of coffee.


Ground elder

This herb can be prepared as a salad or a vegetable and tastes a little like spinach or parsley. As a medicinal herb, compresses with ground elder are great for combating gout and rheumatism. It is also detoxifying and helps to purify the blood.



The young leaves can be used to garnish and add spice to salads and vegetables. Nasturtium ointment helps to heal wounds, whereas nasturtium tea combats digestive problems.



From a medical perspective, the blossoming buds are used to combat digestive problems and colic. The fresh shoots and leaves are mixed as salad. As tea, the leaves are expectorant and help to alleviate coughs.

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