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Natural Remedies and Medicinal Herbs Advice

 
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From your experience - what are the most important natural remedies and medicinal herbs to stockpile, what are they for, and how to use them?

 
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This is not going to answer your question exactly.

This is what I have been doing first is identifying what I already have in the way of plants growing already.

Then I need to make a journal of these and what their medicinal qualities and what ailments they are for.  I did this in a word document that is lost to my computer so having a paper journal in case there is no electricity is a good thing.

Then figure out what ailments are most likely to happen and plan for those.

I hope this helps somewhat.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:This is not going to answer your question exactly.

This is what I have been doing first is identifying what I already have in the way of plants growing already.

Then I need to make a journal of these and what their medicinal qualities and what ailments they are for.  I did this in a word document that is lost to my computer so having a paper journal in case there is no electricity is a good thing.

Then figure out what ailments are most likely to happen and plan for those.

I hope this helps somewhat.


This is an excellent idea, Anne…
Thank you for that.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any medicinal plants growing naturally here…

We do grow abundance of lavender (English, French and Canarian endemic), calendula, rosemary, all sorts of mint and sage, and a few others that I know have medicinal properties, and we use most of them.

However, my question was more focused on what natural remedies and medicinal herbs we (and maybe all of us) should stockpile for in case of SHTF, when medical treatment might not be as available as it is now…
 
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Unfortunately, we don’t have any medicinal plants growing naturally here…


When I first got some books and started learning about medicinal plants, I quickly learned that pretty much every plant is medicinal in some way or another.
 
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Jordan Holland wrote:

Unfortunately, we don’t have any medicinal plants growing naturally here…


When I first got some books and started learning about medicinal plants, I quickly learned that pretty much every plant is medicinal in some way or another.



I agree with Jordan in that you may have medicinal plants growing there that you do not know the plants have medicinal values.

What did the people who lived where you live do for healing wounds, stomach aches, etc before modern medicines?

Here in the US, we learn from what our native Indians used and also from what pioneer families used.

These plants do not need to be stockpiled because you may have an abundance of them.  Fresh herbs are much better than dried.

I asked Mr. Google about native medicinal plants and he said:

Commonly Used Herbal Medicines in the Mediterranean

Melissa officinalis, Lemon Balm (Melissa) Salvia fruticosa, Common Sage (Mairamia) Portulaca oleracea, Purslane (Farfahena) Ammi visnaga, Khella (Khella)



https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9780470944363.ch8

Some of these I recognize and some I have never heard of.

I am sure that others will tell you what medicials they are stockpiling.

 
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N. Neta wrote:
Unfortunately, we don’t have any medicinal plants growing naturally here…



Hmmm... I suspect you just have not identified any yet. Perhaps you could take a trip to Tejeda’s Medicinal Plants Centre and luxury hotel Parador Cruz de Tejada.  Have fun for me when you go.

For Spain, the Canary Islands were an important destination for these new specimens, which would have never survived in the frigid north. Today, the Centro de Plantas Medicinales de Tejeda, or Tejeda Medicinal Plants Interpretation Centre, continues to grow the plants that have played a key role in human health. Built in a valley near the Pozo de las Nieves—the highest point in all of Gran Canaria—the centre is divided into a number of different halls that document mankind’s interaction with plants; a lab in which visitors can see how the important elements of a plant are extracted; and a salon in which tea and coffee samples made with the plants are served. Outside, a series of gardens feature native medicinal plants including balsam (used to prevent poison ivy rashes), epazote (used to combat malaria and cholera) and berberis (now being used in experimental test treatments for diabetes).



Oooh, Ooooh! And a book about the herbs of Canary Islands, no traveling needed!     Found here. Medicinal Plants of Canary Islands By: David Bramwell

Personal selection of Canarian medicinal plants showing their value and, by analysing their chemical constituents, demonstrating why they work and why many of them have been in traditional use for so long.

 
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This thread has a list of plants the OP suggests:

we prepared for you this collection of medical plants, that should not miss in home apothecary.



https://permies.com/t/11669/kitchen/Medicinal-plants-herbs-healing-diseases

Here is a list of 13 herbs that suggested to stockpile and why, I have most of these stockpiled:

https://defiel.com/17-herbs-you-should-have/



 
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Anne Miller wrote:This thread has a list of plants the OP suggests:
https://permies.com/t/11669/kitchen/Medicinal-plants-herbs-healing-diseases

Here is a list of 13 herbs that suggested to stockpile and why, I have most of these stockpiled:
https://defiel.com/17-herbs-you-should-have/



Brilliant, Anne.
Thank you so much.
 
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There was a post earlier on what to plant in a Survival Garden. Maybe herbal remedies should have been included in that list. Mullein is a weed on my property it is very prolific, Feverfew has spread throughout the flower beds. Chamomile is what I broadcast between my raised beds. Elderberry both blue and red vaireties. Wild Lettuce is something I have purposely planted. Mints, lemonbalm, horehound, coneflower are here and there. Oh and hey it's Oregon even though I don't partake many neighbors have cannabis both thc and cbd.
 
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THere is no way I could answer that for another person.  Make a list of the health issues you deal with most often and the first aid issues you could reasonably foresee, then make sure you have the herbs on hand for those.  My book, Herbal Medicine for Preppers, Homesteaders and Permaculture People starts with that premise, but also helps folks learn about the plants all around them that can be used as needed.  Since I began my herbal apprenticeship when I was 15, I don't think there has ever been a time when I could not walk outside and spot a couple of plants for whatever I needed.    So, I think learning to identify plants is just as important as stocking up on dried herbs or herbal preparations.
 
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Joylynn Hardesty wrote:Oooh, Ooooh! And a book about the herbs of Canary Islands, no traveling needed!     Found here. Medicinal Plants of Canary Islands By: David Bramwell


Wow… thank you so much, Joylynn…
I did a bit of extra research with your information and found out that the book’s publisher sells the book for a third of the price, and… delivers for free… so I ordered it…
Thanks a million for the tip.
 
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What type of climate region are you in? I live in a temperate climate. If any land is left alone for a year, it grows forest. I love it. I don't know if my go to plants live where you are, but here goes...

These are my favorite medicinal plants, they are naturalized all over in my region, and just pop up unattended, no fuss. There are always some plants in my yard to harvest from every year.

Curley Dock and Yellow Dock-grows in full sun
The leaves are edible and good medicinal for:  anti inflammatory, antibacterial, heals bruising, helps move the lymphatic system.
The root is used topically to help heal wounds and as an antifungal.

Plantago-long leaf grows in full sun, broad leaf grows in mostly shade.
Plantain is also edible. Medicinaly they are antibaceterial, antimicrobial, anti inflamatory, relieves pain (such as a crushing blow from a well swung hammer), heals wounds, and bruises.

Mullien-grows best in full sun, I have seen them in full shade, struggling along.
How to ID the plant.
Leaves are expectorant, demulcent, antiinflamatory, also used for asthma.
Flowers are great infused in oil for ear aches.

Then there is the awesome peraculture plant called Comfrey. This one I planted, and I continue to propagate it.
Medicinal uses.
 
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Joylynn Hardesty wrote:What type of climate region are you in? I live in a temperate climate. If any land is left alone for a year, it grows forest. I love it. I don't know if my go to plants live where you are, but here goes...


I’m in a dry, hot, Mediterranean climate, Joylynn.
If any land is left alone for a year, it becomes a desert… well almost…
But I really appreciate the list you shared… gonna look for them or alternatives in our climate.
 
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