Wild Garlic

Allium ursinum

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Also called bear’s garlic, ramsons, buckrams, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic and bear leek.

The story…

Wild garlic can be found everywhere in Europe and Asia, and it grows in fresh and humid places, on a rich soil. One of its names, bear’s garlic, comes from its reputation of being the bears’ favorite meal after their hibernation.


Detoxifying nutritional value

Wild garlic has a detoxifying effect on the liver and the skin. You can eat it regularly, for example as a pesto or in a salad.

It also provides an important amount of vitamin C.

Cardiovascular protection

It regulates levels of lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids, fatty acids) in the blood; it helps to prevent atherosclerosis, et diminishes hypertension. Eat it regularly.

Disinfecting, antiviral, antifungal

Wild garlic helps to keep the intestinal flora healthy. It can also be used to disinfect a wound: apply external, for example a tincture diluted with water.


Contraindicated for people taking anticoagulants or if you are expecting a surgery. Take your precautions when gathering the plants: do not eat any plant which may have been contaminated by a fox or other infected animals. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor. 

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