Are you familiar with the health benefits of certain fruits or plants, such as rosehip, elderberry, or nettle? These are just some of the multitudes of plants that have been used for centuries in folk and herbal medicines around the world, including in Poland! Poland’s fields and forests abound in these natural nutrients and that’s why there’s a long tradition of using certain herbs and plant extracts in Polish culture. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most commonly used fruits and plants in Poland and their benefits, as well as how you can enjoy them with some of *Polana’s products!
Rosehip – Rosehip (Rosa canina), has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. Its beneficial properties contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system. Rosehip contains 100 times more vitamin C than apples and 5 times more than black currants! Moreover, it is a source of other valuable ingredients, such as: vitamin A, B1, B2, E, K, flavonoids, tannin, organic acids, essential oils, pectin, mineral salts and iron. Rosehip is frequently found in Polish cuisine in the form of a jam or syrup (in fact rosehip jam is considered a classic filling for Poland’s famous paczki!).
Black Currant – this is one of the best sources of natural vitamin C, outdone only by rose fruit. Eating only a handful of currants a day takes the place of consuming vitamin C pills or dietary supplements. The fruit is also a great source of other vitamins and micro elements such as B vitamins: B1, B2, B6, Vitamin K, provitamins A, biotin, folic acid, flavonoids, and micronutrients such as potassium, calcium, iron and more! Black currants are a great natural antioxidant and immune booster. They also lower the level bad cholesterol and improve the functioning of the digestive system among many other things.
Nettle – this is probably one of Poland’s best known herbs (or weeds). Particularly because anyone who’s ever stepped into a small bush of nettle in Poland will never forget the sting! Though its effects are painful on the skin, it does wonders from within. Nettle has countless health benefits and has been treated with respect for centuries for its healing properties. With its multitude of naturally occurring vitamins and micro elements, it’s great for a number of things: it helps to purify the blood, aids in the production of red blood cells, and improves circulation, its anti-inflammatory properties help to fight allergic reactions, it promotes hair, scalp and nail health, it’s known to help relieve pain, has a cleansing effect on the digestive system, and is considered a natural antibiotic. This is all just among a number of many, many other benefits it provides.
Drinking nettle tea is recommended during the spring and fall seasons to help boost overall health. You can find the benefits of nettle in our Nettle Tea from Malwa.
Elderberry - Wild elderberry has been known for centuries as the "tree of life.” Its fruit support the body's defenses. They are a valuable source of vitamins: A, C, B1, B2; they also contain tannins, pectin, anthocyanin, carotenoids, iron, potassium, sodium, calcium, essential oil and organic acids (including apple, tartar and lemon).
You can enjoy some of the benefits of the elderberry flower in our Łowicz health promoting Elderberry Syrup. In addition to the value of the elderberry, the syrup is enriched with a vitamin complex, which includes vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, biotin, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, pantothenic acid and folic acid.
You can also enjoy the benefits of elderberry fruit in our Lowicz, 100% natural Elderberry Jam - all the sweetness without the guilt!
Sage – though sage is native to the Mediterranean it has been cultivated in Poland for several hundred years! It’s been used not only as an aromatic spice but also for its health promoting properties. The healing properties of this herb include, among others, improving the functioning of the stomach, liver and intestines, the overall regulation of the digestive system, the lowering of blood sugar levels, detoxification of the body which helps improve skin quality, and the reduction of nervous tension. Drinking sage improves overall well-being and helps get rid of many ailments caused by chronic stress.
You can make use of all the benefits sage provides with a cup of our Sage Tea by Malwa.
These are just a handful of the health-promoting products you can find on Polana.com. We also recommend:
- John’s Wort Tea
- Cistus Tea
- Peppermint Tea
- Chokeberry Tea
- Chamomile Tea
- Łowicz Chokeberry Syrup
- Łowicz Pine Shoot Syrup
*Note - Commonly known health benefits of natural herbs and fruits described above may not apply to everyone. If you have a pre-existing health condition or dietary restrictions please consult with your medical professional prior to consuming these products.