This famous plant was found by seafarers on the Kuril islans – they used to drink it instead of common tea. However, people who lived near the Baikal lake had been using this herb as a cleansing product since ancient times. As legend says, the dogs helped to learn about Kuril tea beneficial properties: sick animals were looking for this herb because it brought them relief. Local people still use Kuril tea herb if there are some digestion issues.
The local Buryat people call this herb "hare’s ear" due to the shape of the plant’s leaves, which resemble a small hare’s ear. Thoroughwax is one of the most revered herbs in both Chinese and Buryat-Tibetan medicine. But whereas in China they use only roots, Buryat people use mostly the aerial parts of Thoroughwax which are far richer in active ingredients especially for the digestive system.
This small shrub plant with pink to purple berries keeps its hard lacquered leaves alive during the entire Siberian winter. Covered with a several foot layer of snow, it can tolerate temperatures as low as −50 °C (−58 °F) or even lower.
Every fall after the first frost, Siberian women went to gather cranberries from the marshes and swamps to provide their families with vitamins for the upcoming winter. Standing in the frigid water, they often suffered from serious joint pain. There is an ancient remedy for this disease that is still in use – a swamp plant which is known as Altai marsh cinquefoil.
It contains up to 10% of natural silicon which participates in formation of the inner structure of a plant. This particular structure and tubed body make the horsetail one of the toughest herbs.
This tall plant with red cones stand out from other herbs of Siberian meadows and look like an exotic decoration. Due to its bright color local people named it "blood drinker" as translated from the local language.
Oregano is very popular among the people in Europe and the USA, who, unlike Siberian people, often use it as a spice. Also brewed oregano creates an incredibly scented beverage that one can drink instead of common tea. Siberian oregano main benefit is in its high antioxidant activity. In this relation no existing herb can beat its effectiveness.
Baikal skullcap is one of few worldwide famous plants which are endemic for Baikal region. Traditional Chinese medicine has been using this plant for a long time; the doctors from western countries also pointed out its various healing effects.
Hedysarum is a mountain herb, which traditionally grows in South Siberia. Siberian hunters used it to maintain physical stamina during long and exhausting hunts.
Imagine a beautiful jewel – a racemule of painterly curved golden hemispheres adorned with emeralds. This is a golden tansy, one of the most beautiful herbs in the world! In Siberia, tansy became famous due to its ability to protect the liver from different stresses.
SIBERIAN ROSE HIPS
Although Rose Hips are well-known on every continent, it is often misunderstood that there are a lot of different species of this common plant. Siberian Rose shrub is distinguished by its almost black twigs and deep red round-shaped fruits that make a very beautiful contrast.
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Opposite to the common thyme which grows very densely and up to 2 feet high, Siberian Thyme usually clings to mountain rocks and so it’s much smaller, with fewer leaves however with many more flowers that are needed to attract insects that are so rare in the cold Siberian mountains.
SIBERIAN GOLDEN ROOT
Rhodiola rosea or Siberian golden root is the most widespread plant adaptogen in Siberia. Unlike maral root and eleuthero, golden root grows much farther to the North than any other adaptogenic plants at an altitude of 3,000-5,000 feet. And due to the harsh habitat it is extremely frost-resistant and can endure up to -60 °С (-76 °F)!
A famous Siberian scientist I. Brekhman conducted years of studies on various native Siberian plants, trying to find a replacement for Red Ginseng as a stimulant. He wanted to find a new herb that would increase resistance to any stress, and do so without side effects. Multi-year trials were completed with success: all of these qualities were found in eleuterococcus root, which was soon called Siberian Ginseng.
Teas, and in more recent times alcohol tinctures as well, made from the bark, roots, and flowers of this thorny shrub were historically used in Siberia to treat fatigue, physical and lack of sexual vigor and headaches. Together with Siberian ginseng and Golden root, Aralia is now considered as one of the most famous Siberian adaptogenic plants.
Leuzea carthamoides or maral root is a favorite plant of marals (type of Siberian deer that inhabit the Altai mountains). Long time ago local people noticed that marals often fed on the roots of Leuzea when exhausted, that's why it was given such a name – maral root. Indeed, this is a very powerful adaptogen and is known for its high content of ecdysterone – a natural anabolic.
Young twigs and branches of this tree contain a unique antioxidant – dihydroquercetin. It’s a close relative of another well-known antioxidant – quercetin, but due to some differences in its chemical structure, dihydroquercetin possesses significantly higher antioxidant properties.
Siberian bears like to dig for the bulbs of this small plant with a very strong garlic-like scent, and that is the reason for its Latin name, which is translated as "bear’s onion". The local people also knew about its rich vitamin content and harvested large amounts of its leaves and stems to preserve by salting for long winters.
Chaga is a mushroom that grows for decades on old birch trunks and can reach up to 3 feet in diameter. Siberian shamans believed that these mushrooms accumulated the sacred energy of the Earth which they used for centuries for strengthening the body and the mind. However, they always warned people to be careful when harvesting Chaga because of the danger of being shocked by the dramatic energy that could be released.
These small bright orange berries contain possibly the highest amount of bio-available beta-carotene, and not only in Siberia, but on the whole planet. "Bioavailable" means that sea-buckthorn beta-carotene is already dissolved in natural oil and thus is ready to be absorbed by the body in contrast to most of all the other beta-carotene sources that lack natural oil or fat.
This plant, which is also known as badan or Siberian tea, has very thick and hard leaves that can survive during even the most severe winters. In spring and summer these old leaves undergo natural self-fermentation and become dark and dry. The local people gather them to brew a very aromatic and tonifying tea.
This is one of the tallest trees in Siberian forests. It reaches up to 150 feet in height and its trunk can reach 7 feet in diameter. Siberian Cedar is also a symbol of longevity, having an astounding lifespan of up to 500- 700 years. The seeds of Siberian Cedar are a very important staple in the diet of the locals.
Coming home to their yurts and to a hot mug of Ziziphora tea with a pat of yak butter floating on top after a hard day of wolf hunting on horseback with berkuts (the big Siberian eagles they hunt with) is an ancient tradition of Altai nomads. They believed that Ziziphora invigorates the heart and nourishes the blood.
This tall evergreen tree is famous for its resin. Unlike pines or cedars, the trunk of the fir tree has a very thin, soft and smooth bark studded with numerous little resin swellings. The indigenous people used to prick these swellings with a needle or a knife and then gather the outflowing resin to use it for healing wounds.
Wild-growing Siberian cranberry contains a high amount of antioxidants. Although it’s not only the chemical composition that is different. Siberian cranberries even look quite different from their American counterparts. These berries are smaller and thicker, with a much more intense aroma, and they taste sour, not sweet.
Translated from a local language the name of this plant means “mother-and-stepmother.” It is because the upper surface of its leaves is smooth and it feels cold upon touching it, while the opposite side is velvetyfurred and pleasantly warm.
Translated from several languages in different countries the name of this small forest plant means “winter-loving.” The reason is that this is one of the rarest evergreen grassy plants in northern forests including those in Siberia.
People in Siberia have historically used Flax fiber as a substitute for the more expensive cotton. But since a lot of Flax seeds were always left over after processing, they learned to extract the oil from them and use it for food. Modern scientists discovered the heart-protecting properties of Flax seed oil only towards the end of the 20th century
Translated from a local language the name of this small evergreen herb means “women’s forest herb.” It is because this plant was historically used for treating female infertility.