Hi, I would like to start a thread about herbal medicines that can be "wildcrafted " in the event ofa SitX... even if you stock up on tylenol,
penecillin, and other meds, they are eventually going to run out or spoil.
The most important thing to continued survival is a knowledge of medicinal and edible plants, so I would like to share some of the plants that I think
are most important and easily found in the wild. This isn't meant to substitute a doctor's advice and I'm concentrating on North America, since
that's where I live and what I'm most familiar with.
This is a very good plant to use for burns, insect stings, and any other kind of skin problem. Cut the leaves lengthwise, spread open, and apply the
In addition, it is a succulent and has a very high water content, so can be invaluable to arid survival. The juice also helps the intestines when
Not to be confused with the bananna-like fruit, this is a plant that commonly grows on grassy areas, even on people's lawns. Crushed fresh leaves
will be good for skin irritation as well. A tea made from the leaves is good for respertory symptoms.
In addition to producing the berries, rasberry leaves can be made into a tea that will help pregnant woman throughout their term and during
The leaves of mullein, in tea form or crushed and applied to the chest as a poltice, are GREAT for releiveing respertory congestion. However, it has
rather fiberous leaves, so you would want to strain the tea first.
5. WIld Garlic,
and Egyptian Onions
All of these plants are edible, and contain natural antibiotics. The Egyptian onion is very distinct, but be sure you have positively identified the
Garlic and Onion, as most bulbs are toxic to eat.
There are many sub-species of mint, but all of them are distinctly scented and many tend to grow voraciously when not tended.
Mint tea will sooth an upset stomach, and is a diuretic. It can be used to repel bugs.
Crushed leaves help stop bleeding. Tea made from the plant aids digestion and stomach/intestinal bleeding.
The flowers may be white, yellow or pinkish.
Be VERY careful that you do not confuse Yarrow with Poison Hemlock
which is pretty common and got its name for a reason.
Dock is really common around my area. It will reduce local pain and help swelling. In addition the leaves can be eaten like spinage. It can help to
prevent anemia in Sit X where meat might not be readily availible.
9. White Oak
Salicilin and asprin are synthesised from oak bark. You want to use the softer, inner bark. It is nurtritious and may help bleeding gums. In addition,
acorns are edible!
These are just some suggestions. I may post more later. Anyone else, feel free to chime in.
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