The cultivation of medicinal plants on plantations: it’s a start
This year, “Hevert Arzneimittel” beginning to grow medicinal plants on their own plantations in the commune Nusbaum, where the headquarters of the company. In the future for the production of medicines is planned to increase the use of fresh plants, grown on their own company sites. Company executives Marcus and Mathias Hevert talk about this project.
Mathias Hevert (left) and Marcus Hevert (right) proudly introduce a newly planted plantations of goldenrod at the headquarters in Nusbaum.
“In recent years we have moved to independent production of almost all those matrix tinctures, which are used for the production of our homeopathic medicines,” explains Mathias Hevert. “So we want to deepen our knowledge in the field of naturopathy, but rather in the methods of obtaining active substances, and to ensure the high quality of these substances. In the past, we relied primarily on third party services, when it was about growing fresh plants and the harvesting of wild plants, of which we already produced a matrix of tincture. Now we can count on those plants that we grow ourselves.”
Back in may 2004. the family business began to plant herbs in a small area on the territory of open air Museum located in the nearby town of bad Sobernheim. “Large Park area and its own vineyard, located on the territory of the company to Nusbaum, give us the opportunity since then to this day to employ a very experienced gardeners,” says Marcus Hevert. “Even then, our gardeners in cooperation with the pharmacists the company has chosen the appropriate plants and began to care for the garden of medicinal plants”. Since then, an area of about 250 square meters of the Museum visitors are given the opportunity to become acquainted with pharmaceutical and Botanical features of various medicinal plants and prenosologic.
Now, this experience will benefit the company, independently cultivating medicinal plants. Development plans began in 2013 “Jointly with the company, specializing in the cultivation of organic products, in the initial phase we conducted a thorough study of the soil of land under our possession,” says Marcus Hevert about the beginning of the project. “The analysis showed that all land suitable for cultivation of medicinal plants. But the best results were obtained for the lands immediately surrounding the area where is located our headquarters in Nusbaum. This area is ideal to gain experience, and then, in the coming years, to expand the cultivated area and to grow other plants.”
The next step is to determine which plant is best suited for the first steps. Features of the soil, the possibility of purchasing young plants and ease of care determined the choice of experts: this plant was Solidago virgaurea — goldenrod. It has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect, helps to wash the kidneys and is a member of several important drugs of the company “Hevert”.
“If our pilot project succeeds, we will gradually increase the area for cultivation of medicinal plants”, explains Mathias Hevert. “We are very pleased that then for certain drugs all stages of production, from planting through to manufacturing the finished products will be under our control. In addition, this will allow us in the framework of the corporate travelers here in Nusbaum, even closer to acquaint our guests with herbs”.
The company “Hevert” is a specialist in the field of naturopathic means first of all complex homeopathic preparations and herbal remedies. For the manufacture of homeopathic medicinal products of the company “Hevert” is used about 30 types of fresh plants, which the company buys quantities from one kilogram to one ton and processes in a matrix tinctures in the commune Nusbaum.