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A special healing effect has been attributed to the Wollziest (Stachys byzantina) since ancient Greece. While consumption is not toxic to humans or pets, quantities should be limited.

Wollziest is not poisonous, but it is not recommended for consumption either

Medicinal herb with a bitter taste

The silver-grey hairy leaves of the Wollziest are deep-fried in batter in Brazil and sold as a snack under the name "lambari". The plants of the genus Stachys contain various alkaloids and tannins, which are not directly toxic in their concentration, but should not be consumed in large quantities. Children can safely touch and feel the velvety soft hairy leaves of the Wollziest, they are reminiscent of gray donkey ears and often arouse a special fascination for children.

The Wollziest as a wound dressing

Researchers ascribe microbiological effectiveness against the pathogen Staphylococcus aureus to the extract from the leaves of the Wollziest. The cut leaves of the Wollziest were a coveted wound dressing for the following reasons:

  • soft, hairy texture binds leaking blood
  • promotes blood clotting and thus wound closure
  • anti-inflammatory effect

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Rabbits and other pets like to eat the leaves of the woolly ziest, which sometimes reproduces like weeds. However, when feeding, care should be taken to ensure a balanced mixture with other herbs and types of grass.

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