A true homesteader knows how to utilize all the good things that nature has to offer. That includes creating medicine from plants and herbs found in the wild. In this post from Survivopedia, we’re going to learn about medicinal plants that provide effective natural cures.
Many thanks to Theresa Crouse for coming up with this medicinal plant list. Click here to check out the complete list. And if you want to read more homesteading articles, head over to Survivopedia.
Althea. Grows in well-drained soil in either sun or shade. Great for skin irritations, ulcers and sore throats.
Barberry. This grows to as high as a whopping 9 feet tall! Use it to treat skin conditions and diarrhea.
Borage. Grows well in full sun and moderate to moist soil. Helps with arthritis, joint pain and skin conditions such as eczema.
Catnip. Grows well in many soils. Treats cold symptoms, swelling and fever. It also helps stop bleeding when applied topically and soothes gas, migraines and stomach aches when infused.
Cayenne Pepper. Grows well in moderate to moist soil and full sun to partial shade. Can help prevent heart attacks and heal ulcers and hemorrhoids.
Ginger. Not only is it delicious, it’s also great for migraines, nausea, motion sickness and circulation, including blood clots. Eat it or make it into a tea.
Lady Fern. Grows well in moist soil. Eases the pain of minor cuts, burns and stings.
Licorice Root. Grows best in rich soil in either sun or shade. Can’t take extreme cold. Treats sore throats, ulcers and respiratory issues such as bronchitis.
Milk Thistle. Grows best in semi-dry soil in temperate climates. It’s a wonderful antioxidant and can be used to treat liver and kidney problems.
Peppermint. Grows best in temperate climates in moist soil. Helps treat acid reflux, heart burn, headaches and gallstones.
Rosemary. Grows well in many different soils and climates and doesn’t require much attention. Great for upset stomach and helps with headaches. May even help treat cancer.
Skullcap. Needs well-drained soil and full sun. Used to treat high blood pressure.
Tea Tree Oil. This is tough to grow so we suggest that you stock up on it. It’s a powerful antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and works wonders to treat athlete’s foot, vaginal infections, acne, and many other conditions.
Valerian. Easy to grow in many moderate to warm climates. Remove the flowering stems as soon as they appear. Great for insomnia and anxiety.
White Willow. Grows best in moist soil. It’s the mother of modern aspirin and is used to treat fever, inflammation and aches.