Aarija R: Interview Translation to English

Interviewee: Ārija Rozenberga (1950) in Aizpute.

Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus)

Cornflowers are very good for your eyes, if there is some kind of infection, then they help you a lot. They are better than camomiles (Chamomilla recutita), but just the blue flowers, you boil them and then wash your eyes, and then you have very fine eyes and you see better as well.

Hawthorn (Crataegus)

The hawthorne mixture helps you a lot to normalize your blood pressure, if it’s too high. It really helps, the flowers help too, but I use only the berries, in autumn, when they are red. And then I just boil them and they are very good for your heart, they normalize your blood presure, and they also help if your heart is beating very hard, they help to normalize that as well.

Do you use them as a tea?

Yes, yes.. I just dry them and then put them in hot water and then drink as a tea, but I also eat them fresh.

Red beets (Beta vulgaris)

Ou, and now I’m gonna tell and recommend you one great recipe that is very good for blood. You take the red beets, boil them, then grind them, then you don’t put any vinegar or citric acid, but just some red currant juice. And then I just pasteurise them for a bit, just heat up a bit and that’s all, and I also add a little bit of caraway. And it’s all natural and it makes a great salad. You can add some eggs, mayonnaise, cream or just eat them with potatoes, super. They also improve your intestinal canal, if you are suffering from constipation, then you also have to eat red beets.

Plantain (Plantago)

And this is plantain. It’s very good for lungs and bronchi or if you have bronchitis, and it also calms down your stomach. I drink it as a tea.

And how often do you use this?

Well, when I have something, then I use it as long as it’s necessary. Sometimes I drink it even for 3 or 4 days. Well, until it gets better. It’s also good when a bee stings you. You just rub the leaf until the juice comes out of it and then put it on the place where the bee stung, it takes off the heat. It also helps if something is bleeding, it stops the blood.



Date: 2010-06-20
Interviewer: Erika Norberg (SE)
Guest(s): Sari Kippilä (FI)
Translator: Anna Sedlina (LV)
Photography: Ulla Taipale (FI), Cristobal Montesinos (ES)
Videographer: Aigars Lielbardis (LV)
Audio-recorder: Erika Norberg (SE)

Note: Edit/Selection by Signe Pucena (LV) from longer interview

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