Fresh wild garlic can be found already at the end of April. Thanks to its intense flavour, wild garlic banished harmful microbes from the body and aids with digestion. Did you know that springtime wild garlic contains 15–20 times more vitamin C than lemons? Wild garlic is great in salads, soups, herbal butters and pesto! However, keep in mind that wild garlic is under nature conservation and should, therefore, be acquired from the market, shops or friends who grow it in their garden.
Nettles are the first sources of energy offered to us by the spring. According to Estonian folk medicine, all parts of a nettle can be used; however, these days it is mainly leaves that are used to make nettle tea, soup or salad. Nettles help combat fatigue, invigorate, provide a lot of vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, etc., reduce inflammation and improve blood composition. In the olden times, Estonians believed that the nettle is a witch's herb, which is why it was often used in spells and rituals. The plant was thrown into fire to protect houses from lightning and added to washing water to remove curses. It was believed that nettles protect from revenants, ghosts and evil spirits.