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An Intro To Medicinal Herbs

Medicinal Herbal TeaMedicinal or natural healing herbs and plants have been used for centuries, in North America and elsewhere by Native Americans and other ancient cultures.  These “natural cures” can provide relief for insomnia, stomach aches, constipation, control fevers, colds and much, much, more.

However, as many plants look similar, it can be confusing to identify and remember the medicinal uses of natural healing herbs.  That is why this article from Backdoor Survival is such a great find.

Backdoor Survival’s article entitled, My Favorite Herbs for Medicinal Survival Tea, is not a “How To” guide to using medicinal herbs. But, this article does give you general ideas on how herbal medicines can be applied.

Each of these species can be dehydrated and steeped as a tea. They can also be used to make topical treatments such as salves, poultices, ointments, and rubs. Individually, they are powerful. Used in combination, they’re even more potent.

My Favorite Herbs for Medicinal Survival Tea | Backdoor Survival

However it a great staring point to learn about the potential natural healing power of herbs and it is quite easy to find out other article that will help you learn how to properly prepare natural medicines.

This article introduces the reader to several natural herbs and what is especially helpful is that some of the herbs/plants showcased are quite common.  One plant, which I never would have thought would have medicinal, purposes, are strawberry leaves.

Strawberry leaf and false strawberry leaf tea are both great for gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea and indigestion. It has also been used to reduce excessive menstrual bleeding. The leaves also contain ellagic acid, which has been shown in studies to boost the immune system and discourage the growth of cancer cells.

Strawberry leaves also have diuretic effects, cleansing the system and organs such as the kidneys and liver, and helping to reduce symptoms of conditions like arthritis and gout. My Favorite Herbs for Medicinal Survival Tea | Backdoor Survival

Also, the bane of many gardeners, ground ivy or creeping Charlie,  has numerous medicinal uses.

Ground ivy tea has been used to treat joint pain, diarrhea, bladder and urinary infections, kidney stones, and symptoms of PMS. The taste is pleasant and slightly minty. My Favorite Herbs for Medicinal Survival Tea | Backdoor Survival

Some of the other plants/herbs mentioned are chickweed, yarrow and  burdock.   Overall, learning the medicinal uses for herbs is a very useful skill because you never know how long a SHTF scenario will happen.  And, if the apocalypse happens you can’t go to your local drug store.

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