posted on Jan, 19 2010 @ 07:54 PM
Here is some info I posted on another thread. I will put it here too since this thread is really more appropriate.
Echinacea, goldenseal and meadowsweet is perennial in most of the country and pretty too. You want the roots off of the echinacea and goldenseal,
tender leaves from the meadowsweet (new growth best). Careful when you get your starts of meadowsweet that you are getting the right plant it has
small round heart shaped leaves and grows in a small bushy plant, but not with woody stems (best grown in damp dappled shade, also known as marsh
mallow). Tuck some of these 3 plants into your front flowerbeds now and let it spread, no one will even notice.
Garlic is another must, but it is no good for concentrating. The good stuff is a result of a chemical reaction from wounding the bulb and is too
unstable. You will want to plant that in Nov and harvest in June. Choose a hardneck variety as they contain more alliin which is what produces the
allicin you are after once it is crushed or cut and are conveniently more winter hardy. If using garlic internally as antibiotic DO NOT HEAT, this
destroys the allicin, crush or dice and consume within 10 minutes. If using as a poultice to guard against or treat external infection crush and pack
directly on the wound. Replace poultice every two hours, allicin has broken down by then and is no longer useful. Also useful against fungal
ETA: If using garlic as a poultice, the patient will taste it as it enters the body, that's how you know it is working. Stinky, but
effective....I'll take a week's worth of garlic breath and garlic sweat over death by strep throat any day.