Bedstraw Extract / Tincture (2oz/59ml) - Maria Treben's Authentic™
Even in winter the fresh shoots of Galium rnollugo are found under the dry grass in snow free places. Used externally this tea is of benefit in many skin disorders, wounds, boils and blackheads. It makes an excellent wash for the face as it tightens the skin. The freshly pressed juice of Bedstraw, brushed on the affected parts of the skin and left to dry, is very beneficial.
As the story goes, this was later attributed to the Virgin Mary. As "Our Lady's Bedstraw", She placed it in Her bed. From another legend, She placed it as a soft pillow in Jesus' crib. A Silesian legend tells that She took it, as it was not eaten by the donkey. There is truth in this.
Although cows like to eat it, pigs and donkeys won't touch it.
Infusion: 1/4 litre of boiling water is poured over 1 heaped teaspoon of Bedstraw, infused for a short time.
Fresh Juice: Fresh Bedstraw is washed and, still wet, put into the juice extractor.
Ointment: Sufficient fresh juice is stirred into butter (room temperature) to provide an ointment-like consistency. Store in refrigerator.