Thyme, which is found in abundance at Las Heras, is traditionally used for improving digestion. It helps to prevents gastric and intestinal spasms and gas, as well as relieving menstrual pain.
Preparationpreparation: leave 20-30 g of clean dry thyme leaves to soak in a bottle with ¾ l of light white wine for 5 days. At the end of this time, strain the liquid and take one glass after each meal.
FloweringFrom March to June
Hypericum, also known as St. John’s wort, is a medicinal plant with many properties, perhaps the least known of which is the curing of skin wounds.
PreparationPreparation: add 100 g of hypericum leaves and flowers for every litre of water. Place them in a dark bottle together with some olive oil and leave in the open air for 40 days. Filter and store in a cool dark place. Apply to burns.
FloweringFrom May to June
Cholesterol and circulation
Ratafia is an ancestral liqueur that helps to control cholesterol and also acts as a digestive. It is made using 3.5 l of anise liqueur, 12 walnuts, lemon peel, cinnamon, 20 camomile flowers and aromatic herbs such as mint, thyme, rosemary, lemon verbena… up to 40 herbs can be added.
PreparationPreparation: in a glass jug place the anise liqueur and all the ingredients listed above. Cover and leave outside (in the open air, night and day) for 40 days without stirring. At the end of this time, strain and add sugar.
PickeringJune (St. John)
Vitamin C and astringent
Blackthorn liqueur (licor d’Aranyons) ) is made with the fruits of the blackthorn shrub or sloes, which can be found lining the paths in Las Heras. Sloes contain a lot of vitamin C, and are digestive and astringent.
PreparationPreparation: clean the sloes and place them in a large glass bottle, adding sugar, cinnamon and some grains of coffee. Next, add anise liqueur or gin. Cover and leave in a cool dark place. After three months, the sugar will have dissolved and the sloes will be dried.
FloweringEnd of winter
Washing the face with rosemary water is a well-known popular remedy in the Girona area, but if we use wine instead of water it becomes much more effective. This remedy prevents wrinkles and ageing of the skin and also removes any blemishes due to prolonged exposure to the sun.
PreparationPreparation: place 1 l of wine and some sprigs of rosemary in a saucepan and heat until it boils. Once it has boiled for at least 5 – 10 minutes, leave it to cool.
FloweringSpring to autumn
Dry and flaky scalp
Dry and damaged hair can be combated by making this natural hair mask that uses ingredients found in the area.
Preparationpreparation: crush half a ripe banana and add two spoonsful of honey and a few drops of almond oil. Apply to the hair and cover with a shower cap. Allow it work for 20 minutes, then rinse. Bananas increase the humidity of hair, soften it and soothe irritated scalps. The almond oil and honey hydrate the hair.