There is knowledge that is only passed down from generation to generation. And only through kind people.
With Pavel Nikolaevich Devyatov - they are old friends and like-minded people. Devyatov is one of the
founders of the oldest Russian convivium Slow Food in Suzdal.
In the Suzdal convivium, Albina Nikolaevna is the main herbalist. She leads supporters of a “he althy lifestyle” who come to Suzdal through the protected meadows of Opole, a unique natural and landscape area in the Vladimir region. Her favorite meadow is located just a few kilometers from Suzdal, near the village of Kideksha.
“To maintain peace of mind, each person should find such a meadow and visit it at least four times a year, at the change of season,” explains Albina Vladimirovna. She goes to her meadow much more often - not only with excursions, but also alone.
These meadows are located between the loops of the Kamenka River - a tributary of the famous Nerl, the same one on which the Church of the Intercession-on-Nerl stands.
“These are prayerful places,” explains Albina Vladimirovna, “they are washed by bells, the herbs here have a special healing power. In the old days, local wild plants even paid dues.”
Albina is skeptical about natural cosmetics: “The main beauty remedy is calming. The soul will be calm - the face will be beautiful. Can you argue with that?
She calls her recipe for a “soothing decoction” a “short course of the VKPB”, because the composition includes: Valerian, Horse chestnut, Motherwort and Hawthorn: “Drink this decoction at night and fall asleep like a baby!”
“The herbal tea also helps, which should include oregano, linden and St. John's wort,” the herbalist explains. She intentionally does not give ready-made proportions, leaving everyone room for imagination. He believes that the power of herbs is not in the composition, but in relation: “The main thing is to gather with joy, brew with soul!”
In teaching herbalism, according to Albina, everyone should have their own path, which begins with simple communication with nature and the study of literature. Preferably - tied to the area. It was important for her to read the books of her fellow countryman, "singer of Vladimir country roads", writer Vladimir Soloukhin.
With special love, the writer speaks of Ivan-tea, which was used to make traditional Russian tea - Koporsky tea, mentioned in chronicles since the 12th century. It was called Koporsky in honor of the settlement of Koporye in the present Leningrad region, founded by Prince Alexander Nevsky after the victory over the crusaders. Some historians claim, however, that it was not tea that was named after the village, but Koporye itself got its name because of fireweed. Russia's income from the export of "Russian tea" to Europe outstripped the income from the sale of hemp, gold and furs until the end of the 19th century. By the way, Chinese and Indian teas appeared in Europe a couple of centuries later than "Russian".
No less useful and invigorating Albina considers "coffee" from dandelion roots and chicory. “We have a lot of this goodness, and the belief that they drink herbal teas and coffee only out of poverty is gradually giving way to a respectful attitude towards phytonutrients,” says Albina. - A lot of useful recipes were undeservedly forgotten. Young nettles, for example, or "arrows" of the fern, which go abroad for next to nothing.”
"Oh! I will not list further, all of a sudden I will forget what weed and offend! exclaims Albina. But then, unable to restrain himself, he continues: - And what about the gout, which Seraphim of Sarov ate? In monasteries, it was fermented for the winter, like cabbage, for the sake of vitamins. Today, marigold marigold's bright yellow flowers are bypassed because of its poisonous stems, and earlier its unopened flower buds were boiled and marinated in vinegar, added spices and used as a seasoning instead of capers.
“In herbal medicine, knowledge passed from generation to generation,” explains Albina, “there are too many subtleties in it: depending on the time of collection, one plant will benefit, and the other will harm. No wonder "herbalists" used to be considered sorcerers, who else would go to the forest at night for a root or grass?”
“A lot of knowledge is lost due to a disruption in the connection between generations,” supports the herbalist Pavel Nikolaevich Devyatov. - Therefore, we try to involve children in nature conservation activities - together with adults, they plant trees, monitor the state of meadows and forests, and restore the white water lily population in local water bodies. And by the way, everything is not in vain, the result can be seen! The disappeared crayfish began to reappear in the local rivers.”