Helping to survive with simple herbal recipes and remedies..
I cannot diagnose or practice medicine legally... so in order to share this knowledge and not get into any trouble legally... I have to tell you the following:
I am not a doctor so see your own doctor if you are sick and tell them if you are using any herbal mixtures before getting any medications. I am also not telling you to use this medicine... I am only sharing what I use myself.
Things I use when in the wilderness, and I can't get to a dr........
Either broad leaf or the narrow leaf plantain can be chewed or smashed as a poultice for wounds and burns when in a survival situation.
You can also eat the young tender leaves in your soups or stews or salads.
The tea makes a great skin wash.
For colds and flu use 1 tbls. dry or fresh whole Plantain (seed, root, and leaves) to 1 cup boiling water, steep 10 min. strain..
Here is a great link to more information about this wonderful plant: http://www.altnature.com/gallery/plantain.htm
For ear infections:
A simple mixture of 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 isopropyl alcohol will work wonders. This recipe was told to me by my son's doctor. I just use 5-8 drops in the morning and night.
For sinus and colds
I get 10 - 12 cinnamon sticks in a small jar and cover them with enough vodka as to cover the tops of the sticks at least an inch or two.
Put a lid on tight and stick the jar with your cinnamon and vodka into a small brown paper bag. Set it next to your kitchen sink so you can shake it at least once a day for a week.
Remove the cinnamon sticks and bottle it up to take with you into the wilderness as needed.
10-12 drops morning, noon and night on the back of the tongue will stop colds and sinus infections in their tracks.
The cinnamon is a natural sinus drying agent and the vodka seems to kill any germs being generated and moving down the throat into the lungs and stomach area.
Oregon grape...Mother natures anti-biotic....
When I am very ill and think I need antibiotic type help, I use the roots of the oregan grape plant. Dig up the plant in spring (as that is when it is strongest, but you can use them anytime of the year if needed..), wash well. The yellow inner bark is the part you don't want to scrub off as that is where the medicine is.
Right away, cut them into aprox 1 inch pieces (if you wait to chop them up.. they get hard as a rock and much harder to chop) Dry thoroughly. (yes you can also use them fresh)
Keep them in a brown paper bag or dark covered jar until needed.
When needed, make a tea with about a quarter cup of the roots and drink it three times a day for about 3-4 days or longer if you don't see a good improvement.
I have used this with good success on bronkitis.
For acid reflux and acid tummy....
I make a tea of dried salal leaves (fill up a tea-ball with the chopped dried or fresh leaves. I like to add honey.
You can also just chew on a leaf of salal while walking to ward off hunger pangs. It is an appetite suppressant.
Knowing the wild plants around you can save your life
I would also add... when using any new plants or herbs. Use only a plant you have positively identified, and it is always best to start with a simple test..
Rub some on the inside of your elbow and wait about 6 hours and watch for any reactions or rashes. Then touch it to your lips and tongue.. spit it out and wait again for 6 hours for any kind of reaction. Only then.. try a tiny bit and again wait another 6 hours for any sign of reaction before using any plants that you are not familiar with so you are not exposed to a possible allergic reaction.