A great article about using the herbs in your yard by Tina Sams – owner and editor of The Essential Herbal Magazine.
By Tina Sams for elephantjournal.com
There have always been the mountain herbalists, the grannies and the people who have used weeds and plants as medicine.
For a couple of decades, we were encouraged to look to exotic plants from far-off lands to use as medicines, ignoring those that grow all around us. Perhaps, because of the locavore movement, we are now looking to the medicinal weeds and herbs that grow right outside our doors.
It is not uncommon for people to tell me that they’ve sent off for seeds for plants like chickweed, dandelion and burdock—it can be difficult to convince people that the dandelions in their yard are the exact same thing that they are wishing to grow.
This is not unlike our tendency to drive past vast wild raspberry patches in order to plunk down $3 for a pint of cultivated berries at the store; we have become so distanced from our food sources that we’ve learned not to trust ourselves when it comes to things like foods or first aid.
Sometimes, people are completely overwhelmed at the thought of learning all about medicinal herbs—that’s easy to understand. There are thousands of plants with properties that we can use; there are very few that we cannot, as a matter of fact and it is a lot of information to learn.
Activated charcoal capsules – neutralize poisons, bites
Aloe gel – burns, sunburn, radiation burns
Arnica cream – bruises, sore muscles – don’t use on brokenskin
Arnica homeopathic – bruises, sore muscles – when you can’t use the cream
Bentonite clay – bites, diarrhea, colon cleansing, skin mask, itching, infections, detoxifier
Burts Bees Res-Q – healing, anti-inflammatory
Catnip – bring down fever, colic, stomach ache
Cayenne – warming, stop bleeding, heart attack, frostbite,hypothermia, shock, trauma
Chamomile – headache, stomach ache, spasms, morning sickness,calming, anti-histamine
Echinacea – viral and bacterial infections, snake bite, spider bite, immune system booster
Fennel seed – stomach ache, colic
Garlic oil caps – viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, earache, parasites, repel mosquitos, mosquito bites
Ginger – nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness
Nutribiotic – liquid and tablets – parasites, infections,wounds, disinfectant, sore throats, boosts immune system
Peppermint – stomach ache, sinuses
Raw honey – sore throat, burns, healing
Rescue Remedy – cream, spray, and/or drops – calming, trauma
Respiration – herb blend for strengthening the lungs
Salt – sore throat gargle
Sunbreeze oil – sore muscles, headache, sinuses
Essential oils (Therapeutic grade) including:
Tea tree – antiseptic, antifungal
Lavender – calming, burns, skin irritations, soothing, cuts
Peppermint – digestion, fatigue, respiration
Rosemary – muscle soreness
Thieves – anti bacterial
What herbs and herbal formulas do you have in your first aid kit?