When the Romans conquered Germanic lands, they learned from the old Teutons about the great value of this much esteemed herb. The Romans, as I read in an old herbal, must have been convinced of this herb's great value. If they wanted to compliment an acquaintance of a friend, they said he had as many good qualities as the highly esteemed Speedwell. Speedwell likes dry ground and grows in woods, copses, heaths, hedgerows, edges of woodlands and paths. It has a creeping, hairy stem with little finely-toothed silvery leaves and clusters of light blue to purplish flowers. When touched, the leaves fall off easily. The time of flowering is May to August. The flower-heads are gathered. Most effective are those plants which grow on the edge of woods and under oaks.
Infusion: 1 heaped teaspoon of herbs per cup of boiling water, infused for a short time.
Fresh juice: The freshly picked flower heads are washed and, still wet, put into the juice extractor. The juice is poured into small bottles and stored in the refrigerator.
Tincture: 1 heaped double handful of the finely chopped flowering plant is macerated in 1 litre of 38% rye whisky or wodka and placed in the sun or near the stove for 14 days.
Tea mixture: 1 heaped teaspoon per cup of boiling water, infused for a short time.