I am impressed by Ursula’s extensive plant knowledge. She knows the history, effects, and applications of every single plant. In spite of that, this Saturday morning outing feels nothing like being subjected to a botany lesson. Ursula’s passion, her sense of humour, and the way she winks at the right moment of an anecdote make sure of that. “Look at this otherworldly apparition!” she exclaims, pointing at a spiky plant as we move further up towards the Halde peak at 106 metres above sea level. “Wild cardoon is a miracle cure against aging. It tastes incredibly bitter and stimulates the immune system, metabolism, blood formation, and digestion. By the way, ‘beauty water’, which has been known since the Middle Ages, collects in its stem leaves. Help yourself if you want to grow even more beautiful,” Ursula says with a chuckle.
It’s virtually impossible to remember every single thing the certified biologist, certified herbalist, and environmental consultant tells us. Ursula recommends the “Flora Incognita” app that provides additional information on plants after taking a photo. However, there isn’t an app in the world that could replace a herbal tour de Ruhr with Ursula. After all, it wouldn’t pour you a herbal schnapps, hand out herbs from its own garden that its husband doesn’t want to have there anymore, or show you how to whistle on Japanese knotweed, along with a great many other things that unfortunately won’t fit in this article anymore.