reply to post by Cuervo
Yep. Birch trees work well for similar properties. Nearly all pharmaceuticals come from natural sources. They find something that works from nature,
synthesize it, patent it, then charge insane amounts for what we have in our back yards.
For example, I've been making great little tonics from Star Anise (which is what they make Tamiflu with) and my wife and I haven't gotten even
remotely sick this last winter (even though our daughter spent the winter with various colds since she's too young for most of my potions).
I think if the active ingredients in medications were common knowledge, we would see a huge surge in herbalism.
Herbalism IS way up here already, but so are the prices especially to those who are consultants or actually Dr. s of.
We use Enchesea & Seneca Root here to keeps colds and flu s at bay.
Most people don't know that regular smoking was originally prescribed for stomach problems or ' womanly problems.' And like any drug, has had
it's share of 'bad side effects.'
We use Birch bark here in Military, Knights of Columbus ( Co-Ed since the mid 1970's ) survival training, etc, as not just a medicinal remedy but
also shown how to fashion it as a pot for a nutritious soup if nothing else is available.
So many every day home kitchen supplies like your Star Anise, Ginger for tummy upsets, energy booster & thinking booster, Mint for tummy upset,
soothing compresses, colds & to soothe anxiety, Cayenne pepper as a blood coagulant, Lemon or Vinegar as blood thinners, Vinegar as an antiseptic,
Salt as an antiseptic, antibacterial, sore throats, & healing wounds, Garlic as a natural antibiotic & blood thinner, etc. And Coffee was also
originally prescribed for stomach issues & low blood pressure, migraine, though now some believe it to cause migraines despite coffee being a
vasodilator as migraines often are caused by vasoconstriction, a natural bronchodilator for asthma, an antioxidant to help clear such things that can
lead to cancer or heart attack, Powdered mustard in oil, wrapped to the bottom of feet as only 1 of many antitoxins, and so many more that an awesome
thread has been started here on ATS with the promise of a new plant listed daily.
As with all drugs though, one still has to watch for adverse effects, contraindications with other meds natural or prescribed synthetic or natural
ingredients, & allergies. Honey has a few medicinal uses as well but I'm deathly allergic, ( Anaphylactic Reaction ).
But all of these are best made with love and compassion as well as when treating someone.
Yet there are so many who choose make their lives more difficult by totally dismissing the OP ancient remedies among so many other proven ancient
remedies calling them all, not a true science or merely too simple to do what they can so just dismiss them entirely without even attempting to give
them an honest try despite if learned, most cost very little if anything at all which brings us back to your statement that Pharmaceuticals don't
want us knowing these things.
I like the way you think & will continually wish your wife peace of mind and your Father less suffering, most of all, the blessings you need at such
a harsh break in life.