Looking for the best medicinal plants and weeds you can grow in your garden? Then you’ve come to the right place because I’ve listed the top picks for you to choose from. The best home remedies come from Mother Nature. The best thing about utilizing natural plants is that you don’t need to utilize harmful chemicals. Some of these natural home remedies even work better than their commercial alternative. Learn these simple home remedies for a healthier family.
Ultimate Guide To Mother Nature’s Best Home Remedies
— This post is courtesy of Survival Life shared with permission —
Home remedies, or natural remedies, are typically grown in the comforts of your own backyards, or for many, the comfort of the wilderness. Medicinal plants and oils have been known to serve as remedies for ailments, both major and minor. They are Mother Nature’s healthy alternative to conventional medicine and have been used longer than we can imagine. Even the ancient Egyptians utilized these best home remedies!
If ever left without modern medicine, knowing a little about nature’s remedies for common ailments could prove crucial to your health and wellness in a survival situation.
We’ve gathered some essential medicinal plants and oils, and their cures, that you should have on hand for your next home remedy.
Disclaimer: The below information is for informational purposes ONLY and is not meant to replace any medical advice or treatment you are receiving OR may receive from your physician. If you are pregnant or nursing, always consult your physician before starting any and all home remedies.
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1. Great Burdock
This root is used to treat ‘toxic overload’ that result in throat infections and skin diseases like boils, rashes, burns, bruises, herpes, eczema, acne, impetigo, ringworm and bites.
2. Marsh Mallow
This root internally treats inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranes, counter excess stomach acid, peptic ulceration, gastritis. Externally, the root is applied to bruises, sprains, aching muscles, insect bites, skin inflammations and splinters.
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3. Aloe Vera
The sap from Aloe Vera is extremely useful to speed up healing and reduce the risk of infections associated with wounds, cuts, burns, eczema, as well as reducing inflammation.
Aloe Vera taken internally may treat ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation, poor appetite and digestive problems.
4. Pot Marigold
Pot Marigold is a great remedy for skin problems, including bites, stings, sprains, wounds, sore eye and varicose veins.
Internally it may treat fevers and chronic infections. The tea of the petals tones up circulation and, taken regularly, eases varicose veins.
5. Gotu Kola
This plant acts on various phases of connective tissue development and stimulates healing of ulcers, skin injuries, decreasing capillary fragility, stimulation of the lipids and protein necessary for healthy skin. Crushed leaves are poulticed to treat open sores. It can also be used to treat leprosy, revitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention span and concentration and treat venous insufficiency.
In addition to aiding problems with the digestive system, it has a soothing and calming effect like aromatherapy, used to end stress and aid in sleep. The herb is also used to treat common aches like a toothache, earache, shoulder pain, and neuralgia.
7. Chinese Yam
It is sweet and soothing to the stomach, spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys. Internally, it treats tiredness, weight loss, loss of appetite, poor digestion, chronic diarrhea, asthma, dry coughs, uncontrollable urination, diabetes and emotional instability. Externally, it may be applied to ulcers, boils, and abscesses.
The echinacea has the capacity to raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. It also has antibiotic properties that help relieve allergies. Basically, the roots are beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds, and burns. It was once used by many Native Americans as an application for insect bites, stings, and snakebites. The echinacea grows on any well-drained soil, as long as it gets sunlight.
9. Great Yellow Gentian
This root is a bitter herb used to treat digestive disorders and states of exhaustion from chronic diseases. It stimulates the liver, gallbladder, and digestive system, strengthening the overall human body. Internally, it may treat liver complaints, indigestion, gastric infections, and anorexia.
10. Siberian Ginseng
This herb is a powerful tonic herb that maintains good health. Its medicinal properties are used for menopausal problems, geriatric debility, physical and mental stress, and treats bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or radiation, angina, hypercholesterolemia and neurasthenia with a headache, insomnia, poor appetite, increasing endurance, memory improvement, anti-inflammatory purposes, immunogenic purposes, chemoprotective purposes and radiological protection. (See full article at Backyard Garden)
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Medicinal Plant Oils | Essential Oils
Chances are you’ve heard of essential oils, which are oils extracted from medicinal plants. Here are a few or our favorite essential oils we are sure to keep readily available in the medicine cabinet:
1. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is nicknamed ‘the world’s oldest medicine’, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago. Peppermint is naturally high in manganese, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Crushed leaves rubbed on the skin help soothe and relax the muscles. Peppermint oil is most commonly used for:
- reduce irritable bowel syndrome
- against upset stomachs
- inhibit bacterial growth
- treat fevers
- spastic colon
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2. Sage Essential Oil
- Stomach pains
- Eliminates scars
- Purifies blood
- Digestive aid
- Reduces fever
- Stimulates the brain
(See more health benefits at Organic Facts)
3. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil is often referred to as “medicine cabinet in a bottle,” as it’s remedied are seemingly endless. Check out these 79 uses for the ultimate survival remedy:
- Abrasions and minor cuts
- Air freshener
- Athletes foot
- Baby care
- Bacterial infections
- Bad breath
- Bladder infection
- Bronchial congestion
- Canker sores
- Chapped lips
- Chicken pox
- Chigger bite
- Cold sores
- Dry skin
- Flea bites
- Gum disease
- Head lice
- Homemade mouthwash
- Household cleaning
- Immune system
- Infected wounds
- Ingrown hair
- Insect repellant
- Jock itch
- Laundry helper
- Mildew/mold remover
- Mosquito bites
- Muscle aches/pains
- Nail fungus
- Pest control
- Plantar warts
- Sore muscles
- Sore throat
- Staph infection
- Toenail fungus
- Toothbrush cleaner
- Vaginal infection
- Viral infections
(See how to apply tea tree oil to these ailments at LA Healthy Living)
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There are an endless array of medicinal plants and essential oils. Getting started with home remedies and natural treatment is simple enough. It might not hurt to use one of these Mother Nature’s best home remedies for our minor health problem. However, it’s important to bear in mind that serious health conditions need the attention of a physician.
Let us know what other home remedies you are using in the comments below!
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