We are all aware of the fact that the technological advancements have helped eradicate diseases of the past century and improved the quality of life. We have become too reliant on modern medicine, and let’s face it: we have taken the traditional medicines for granted. Just imagine the following scenario: a catastrophic disaster strikes and blocks the entire healthcare system, which in the aftermath of the adversity will become understaffed and under-supplied. Who will help us then?
If you need a mental image of what that would look like, think about the mess that hurricane Katrina left behind or virtually any other disaster of big proportions, which will, no doubt here, disrupt life as we know it. It’s not all bad though as we can learn to help ourselves.
There is no telling of when or where we will be in dire need to make do with what we can find in the wilderness, which is why is best to learn about medicinal properties of various plants and to what end what end you can use them. We have to be prepared for when disasters hits and no one is coming to help us. We have to become “survival medics“.
Most would start by stocking up on different pharmaceutics, but that would prove useful only in the short run. You have to think long term. While medicines have an expiration date, nature is forever. Think about the Native American tribes or any other tribes that live in the wild and have used plants to heal themselves.
The art of healing has been around for ages and those who practiced it didn’t have access to our current technology to synthesize drugs. They turned to nature for remedies and so should we if we want to survive in a catastrophic scenario.
An important part of the Eastern medicine relies on herbs, teas, essential oils and other natural products to relieve pain or cure different illness. The best part about this is that you don’t need to go to any fancy school to learn which plant is good to calm an upset stomach, for instance. Even more so, you can start taking advantage of the healing plants starting today and eliminate the need to resort to the chemically synthetized drugs out there that may have side effects we don’t even know about.
So between drinking a cup of tea and popping a pill that will have the same effect, I’ll take the tea … with some honey please.
You can plant your own medical garden by choosing a well-drained, sunny area with healthy soil. Some herbs grow well in shade, but most need at least 6-8 hours of full sun for a proper growth and development. Plants, such as chamomile, for example, would need to be brought inside, during the winter, but plant potting would take care of that problem. All you need to do is water them on a regular basis, but be careful not to make the soil too muddy or waterlogged.
Medicinal plants you can use:
Chamomile – The chamomile tea is known to relax muscle tension and cramps, helps with insomnia and calms an upset stomach. Eye infections may be treated, as well with chamomile, if you apply cooled tea compresses. Also cream or salve made from chamomile flowers can be applied to alleviate rashes and itchy skin.
Aloe Vera – The gel from the leaf can be used to heal and soothe rashes, burns and cuts.
Cayenne – When applied externally, it will stop mild to moderate bleeding, if direct pressure does not prove effective. You can add a pinch of cayenne powder in your tea to treat intestinal infections, sore throat pain or gas. Many consider it a broad spectrum antibacterial plant.
Garlic – Garlic helps lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, thin the blood to help protect against blood clots and lower blood sugar levels. It’s effective against digestive and respiratory infections due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It can be applied externally to dress wounds for reduced infection rates.
Lavender – It can act as an antiseptic for open wounds and mild burns. Also, it relieves itching and inflammation and can be used to relieve bug bites and rashes.
Comfrey – Common uses for comfrey include healing broken bones and treating sprains, strains and bruises. Comfrey may help with acne and reduce scarring.
Echinacea – It stimulates the immune system and also helps reduce allergies, such as hay fever.
Rosemary – Tea made with rosemary can help reduce stress and relieve headaches.
Thyme – Thyme syrup is a traditional cough remedy, whereas thyme tea is used to treat colds and flu. Thyme can also be used as a treatment for eliminating intestinal worms.
Yarrow – Used externally to stop bleeding, heal wounds and infections. You can also use it to make tea, which is highly effective against colds and flu.
Remember that, even if you have no traditional medicines on you, the alternative medicine will make the difference between those who will survive a catastrophe and those who won’t.
What other medicinal plants are you familiar with and to what end are they best used? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.