Masterwort! Peucedanum ostrutium. Have you ever tried it out? Do you use it as your home medicine?
Masterwort Root - my favourite Home Medicine for sore throat, toothaches, digestion problems, cold, infections....
It grows high up in the Alps - from around 1700 m high and likes wet places.
The root certainly deserves its name “master”. It has a very intense and specific scent and I use it in so many different ways. Here in the Alps schnapps has been distilled from the roots and used as a stomach tonic. I do not have to buy this Schnaps. I make my own Masterwort root tincture. It is a nice Digestive, I have to say 😊.
I use diluted tincture for rinsing mouth, if I have some problems, or, simply for preventing problems.
my favourite medicine is a slice of dried root for sore throat. It is very simple to make those slices: I just clean the root and cut it into small slices, dry them and keep in a tightly closed jar. Whenever I have a sore throat, or as a prevention, I would keep one piece in my mouth throughout the night and in the morning the sore is gone.
It soothes toothaches as well.
Anyone who has ever seen Masterwort root will remember the claw at the end of the root. It could also be a reason why houses and stables used to be fumigated with dried and burned roots. Not only the smell, but also the claws protected against witches and devils 😊
I know. One should dig roots in autumn or spring, but then, up in the mountains they are already under snow. That is why, I have to get my supply in summer.