When SHTF, you can’t rely on the corner drug store to have everything you need when your health (or the health of a loved one) falters. You can stockpile some meds, but that’s not a sustainable solution. You need to have a backup. Knowing about medicinal plants is crucial to your health and wellness in a survival situation. Read this list and get to know the 11 medicinal plants which you can grow in your backyard and use as home remedies.
Medicinal Plants You Can Grow For Emergencies
Expand your emergency preparedness skills by growing some medicinal plants you can use for home remedies. The knowledge you have on medicinal plants is just as important as your survival gear. When you’re in survival mode and your medicine runs out, you have to forage the wild for some plants you could concoct as a DIY remedy. If an emergency comes up, you’ll know which one of these green plants will help.
The Great Burdock is used as a remedy for various health issues such as gas and indigestion, liver and gallbladder problems, rheumatism, gout, etc. Its ‘purifying’ properties aid in expelling toxins from the blood and the urine. This underground tuber stimulates the appetite as well, which helps in dealing with anorexia. It also treats skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
You know you can’t make s’mores without marshmallows, of course. The sweet treat you know today is actually derived from desserts made with the marsh mallow plant, which is rich in health benefits. Because of its antibacterial properties, it is used to treat sore throat, cold, cough, and flu. It relieves skin problems and digestive complaints as well.
Aloe Vera is known to have healing properties, which help in reducing inflammation, relieving itchiness, and stimulating skin renewal. This explains why aloe vera is popularly used to treat burns and skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, canker sores, dandruff, etc. It is also used to fade scars and fight skin aging. Although aloe vera is famous for its benefits to the skin, it potentially improves blood circulation, lowers blood sugar, and relieves constipation.
Like aloe vera, pot marigold is a popular topical treatment for various skin issues like minor burns, infected cuts, blisters, scars, acne, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, scabies, warts, etc. But it is also used to relieve internal health issues. It has properties which help reduce or provide relief to hemorrhoid pain, muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, and stomach ulcers.
Gotu kola aids in decreasing swelling and improving blood flow. For this reason, gotu kola prevents or decreases the appearance of varicose veins and blood clots. It also helps in preventing scars, stretch marks, and other skin issues. It has the potential to relieve anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia as well.
There’s a reason why chamomile tea is popular—it has properties which combat anxiety, depression, stress, and insomnia. As an antioxidant, chamomile improves immune function, making your body healthier in general. It also reduces swelling, alleviates pain, relieves constipation, and relaxes muscles.
A very popular culinary ingredient, garlic also boasts a lot of health benefits. Consequently, it helps control high blood pressure, improve cholesterol level, and lower risks of heart disease. Aside from all these, garlic also provides relief to colds as well as other viral infections.
This healthy herb can boost the body’s immune system, making it more resistant to bacterial and viral infection. Because of the echinacea’s antibacterial properties, it helps in treating colds and flu as well as burns, wounds, cuts, and sores. It also provides relief to stings, insect bites, and snake bites.
This pretty but bitter herbal plant has properties to provide relief to gastrointestinal complaints like stomach ache and diarrhea. It also helps improve digestion as well as induce appetite. Aside from treating GI issues, the yellow gentian is also used to alleviate sore throat and jaundice.
You know this soothing herb very well—it’s found in candy, gum, toothpaste, even in beauty products. But the health benefits of mint shine most when consumed fresh as tea or flavoring to food and beverage. It improves digestion, relieves flatulence, and soothes common symptoms of colds. It alleviates nausea and headache or even fatigue.
Sage has properties which address both internal and external health issues. It boosts memory retention, lowers cholesterol and sugar, eases stomach pain and diarrhea. When used externally, sage provides relief to cold sores and mouth sores.
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Medicinal plants have been used for thousands of years to cure various health issues. It only seems natural that you, whether you’re an outdoor warrior or not, should know a bit about them. One way to gain some intimate knowledge on medicinal plants is to grow some of them yourself. You would learn a lot in the process. Plus, you’ll have a decent stock of homegrown remedies in case emergency strikes.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in April 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.