There are plenty of plants all around us that have all kinds of medicinal benefits, and some of them can actually be more-effective than certain pharmaceuticals. In fact, a lot of the medications that we take have been synthesized from plants to begin with. Let’s look at a few examples of common medicinal plants that can be used now, as well as in a crisis when regular medication may not be available.
This plant is found in various parts of North America and Europe, but you can also purchase supplements, dried leaves and tinctures as well. Arnica is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, and it can be taken internally or topically as a way to soothe sore muscles and achy joints. You can also use arnica to soothe pain and inflammation associated with various insect bites, and it can help to heal dry, cracked and irritated skin as well.
The root of this medicinal plant has been used for hundreds of years to soothe headaches as well as back pain. Many also have experienced relief from severe heartburn or indigestion after drinking some root powder mixed with water.
Lemon balm is a relaxant that can help to soothe jittery nerves and calm the mind. It is also the perfect remedy for those who suffer from insomnia or stress-related sleep deprivation. The best way to take lemon balm is to crush the leaves and steep them in water, but you can also get similar benefits by chewing on a few leaves throughout the day as well.
Peppermint is well known for being able to soothe all kinds of digestive problems, including abdominal pain and cramping. It can also be used to help reduce vomiting and soothe feelings of nausea. Many people also use peppermint as a form of headache and migraine relief, and the oil can also soothe tense and stiff muscles. You can apply peppermint topically, steep it in tea, extract the oil or create a tincture, and you can also eat fresh leaves in order to experience the benefits of this amazing plant.
Parsley has relaxing properties that are similar to lemon balm, but it can also act as a mild-stimulant. Parsley helps to improve blood circulation and the absorption of oxygen by cells, and this can lead to a reduction in fatigue along with a gentle and sustained increase in energy levels. The best way to enjoy the full benefits of parsley is to steep some sprigs in warm water and drink it as a tea.
Sage can be used to help control bleeding from wounds, and it also has compounds that help to keep wounds clean and germ-free as well. All you need to do to control bleeding is take a few leafy sprigs of sage, press it against the wound and secure it in place. You can also create a wound cleanser with sage by breaking and squeezing the leaves in some water before pouring it over the affected area. The oils will help to remove debris as well as harmful microorganisms that can lead to infections.
These are just a few examples of dozens of common plants and herbs that can be used medicinally now as well as in survival situations. Take some time to become more familiar with remedies from nature that can help to alleviate minor problems that you may encounter in the midst of a crisis. You never know when you can put these remedies to use, and you’ll be glad that you did when that time comes.