Belarusian forests, marshes and meadows are rich in a variety of plants that are traditionally used for their medicinal properties. Many pharmaceutical drugs are manufactured from natural raw materials and harvested herbs.
However, intensive collection has resulted in many plant species becoming rare. We need to be responsible in our collection of such plants to ensure that nature will continue to provide us with this important resource for generations to come.
Take the calendar date of harvesting into account in order to ensure the most effective use of the plants’ medicinal properties. When collecting the plants, also bear in mind that many of them are poisonous and can be dangerous to humans.