28 Must Have Medicinal Plants in Your Survival Garden (Video)

 

(N.Morgan) With all of the information coming out about how most pharmaceutical drugs have ongoing and devastating long term side-effects, many people are turning back to nature treat and in some cases, cure diseases or ailments.

Another reason people are turning back to natural remedies is because it is cost effective and is easy on the budget.

In these times of financial crisis and political upheavals, being prepared for disasters, whether natural or not, has become imperative.

Here is a list of 28 of the most vital medicinal herbs to have in your medical arsenal.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera grows best in a highly sunny area with dry or moist soil.

Aloe Vera doesn’t taste very good, but it is still edible and can be consumed in juice form.

The sap from Aloe Vera is extremely useful in speeding up the healing process and reducing the risk of infections and can be used to treat:

wounds

cuts

burns

eczema

reducing inflammation

Aside from its external use on the skin, aloe vera can also be taken internally in the treatment of :

ulcerative colitis (drinking aloe vera juice)

chronic constipation

poor appetite

digestive problems

2. Marsh Mallow

This is the plant that marshmallows were once made from.

The root of the plant can be taken internally to treat :

inflammation and irritation of the urinary tract and respiratory mucus membranes

counter excess stomach acid

peptic ulceration

gastritis

For external application the root is applied to :

bruises

sprains

aching muscles

insect bites

skin inflammations

splinters

The leaves are very edible and have a pleasant taste, unlike Aloe Vera.

They can be added to salads, boiled, or fried. It is also known to help out in the area of cystitis and frequent urination.

3. Great Burdock

This plant requires moist soil and can grow without much or any shade.

The great burdock is well known in detoxification in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine.

The root is is used to treat ‘toxic overload’ that result in throat infections and skin diseases like :

boils

rashes

burns

bruises

herpes

eczema

acne

impetigo

ringworm

insect bites

The leaves and seeds can be crushed and applied to bruises, burns, ulcers and sores.

4. Pot Marigold

This plant is able to grow in almost any type of soil.

It can tolerate nutritionally poor, very acidic or very alkaline soils, so long as it’s in moist conditions.

Well known as a remedy for skin problems, the deep-orange flowered pot marigold variety is applied externally to :

bites

stings

sprains

wounds

sore eyes

varicose veins

If used internally it treat fevers and chronic infections.

The tea made of the petals, improves circulation and if taken regularly, eases varicose veins.

Applying the crushed stems of the pot marigold to corns and warts aid in their removal.

5. Gotu Kola

The gotu kola acts in various phases of connective tissue development and stimulates healing of :

ulcers

skin injuries

decreases capillary fragility

stimulation of the lipids and protein 

necessary for healthy skin

The leaves of this plant are thought to hold the secret to the Fountain of Youth.

Crushed the leaves to treat open sores.
The gotu kola can also be used to :
treat leprosy

revitalize the brain and nervous system

increase attention span and concentration

treat venous insufficiency

6. Camomile

With its sweet, crisp, fruity and herbaceous fragrance, this plant has long been used medicinally as a remedy for problems regarding the digestive system.

It has a soothing and calming effect in the area of aromatherapy and can be used to end stress and aid in sleep.

The entire herb is used to treat common aches like toothache, earache, shoulder pain and neuralgia.

7. Globe Artichoke

A bitter tasting plant that requires a lot of sun, the cardoon has become important as a medicinal herb in recent years following the discovery of cynarin, the biologically active chemical constituent of artichoke.

The cardoon leaves are best harvested before flowering, helps to :

improve liver and gall bladder function

stimulate the secretion of digestive
juices

lower blood cholesterol levels

treat chronic liver and gall bladder
diseases

jaundice

hepatitis

asteriosclerosis

early stages of late-onset diabetes

8. Chinese Yam

This type of yam that can be eaten raw and can be easily grown, succeeding in fertile, well drained soil in a sunny area.

It is sweet tasting and soothing to the stomach, spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys.

It is used internally to treat :

tiredness

weight loss

loss of appetite

poor digestion

chronic diarrhea

asthma

dry coughs

uncontrollable urination

diabetes

emotional instability

Externally, it is applied to :

ulcers

boils

abscesses

The leaf is used to treat snakebites and scorpion stings.

9. Echinacea

Considered one of the world’s most important medicinal herbs, echinacea can raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system.

It also has antibiotic properties that helps relieve allergies. The roots are beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds and burns.

It was once used by Native Americans as a treatment for insect bites, stings and snakebites.

Echinacea grows on any well drained soil, as long as it gets sunlight.

10. Siberian Ginseng

Siberian ginseng has a wide range of health benefits, mostly as a powerful tonic herb that maintains good health.

Its medicinal properties are used for :

menopausal problems
geriatric debility
physical and mental stress
treat bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or radiation
angina
hypercholesterolemia and neurasthenia with headache
insomnia
poor appetite
increasing endurance
memory improvement
anti-inflammatory purposes
immunogenic purposes
chemoprotective purposes
radiological protection

11. Great Yellow Gentian

The great yellow gentian root is a bitter herb used to treat digestive disorders and fatigue from chronic diseases. It stimulates the liver, gal bladder and digestive system.

Internally, it is taken to treat:

liver complaints

indigestion

gastric infections

anorexia

12. Sea Buckthorn

The sea-buckthorn has been utilized throughout the centuries in China to relieve cough, aid digestion, invigorate blood circulation and alleviate pain.

The branches and leaves are used in Mongolia to treat gastrointestinal distress in humans and animals.

The bark and leaves are used for treating diarrhea, gastrointestinal, dermatological disorders and topical compression for rheumatoid arthritis.

With this versatile plant, even the flowers are used as a skin moisturizer.

The berries are used together with other medications for pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cardiac, blood and metabolic disorders.

Fresh sea buckthorn berry juice is known to be taken for:

colds

fever

exhaustion

stomach ulcers

cancer

metabolic disorders

liver diseases

inflammation

peptic ulcer

gastritis

eczema

canker sores

general ulcerative disorders

karatitis

trachoma

13. Tea Tree

Aborigines have long been using the tea tree leaves for medicinal purposes, like chewing on young leaves to relieve headaches.

The paperbark itself is extremely useful to them as it serves to line coolamons when used as cradles, as a bandage, as a sleeping mat, as material for building humpies, as an aluminum foil, as a disposable rain coat and for tamping holes in canoes.

The leaves and twigs can be made into tea tree oil, which possesses anti fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

Tea tree oil can be used to treat :

cystitis

glandular fever

chronic fatigue syndrome

thrush

vaginal infections

acne

athlete’s foot

verrucae

warts

insect bites

cold sores

nits

minor burns

14. Lemon Balm

The reason this plant is called lemon balm is because of the lemon minty scent of the leaves.

The flowers, which appear during the summer, are full of nectar.

The crushed leaves can be used as a typical for:

mosquito repellent
herpes
sores
gout
insect bites
Infusion of the leaves with water are known to treat:
colds

fevers

indigestion due to nervous tension

digestive upsets in children

hyperthyroidism

depression

mild insomnia

headaches

15. Peppermint

Peppermint is regarded as ‘the world’s oldest medicine’, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years.

Peppermint is naturally high in manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Crushed leaves rubbed on the skin help soothe and relax the muscles.

Infused peppermint leaves are used to :
reduce irritable bower syndrome symptoms

against upset stomachs

inhibit bacterial growth

treat fevers

flatulence

spastic colon

16. Evening Primrose

The young roots can be eaten like a vegetable, or the shoots can be eaten as a salad.

Poulticed roots of the evening primrose is applied to piles and bruises.

Tea made from the roots have also been used in the treatment of obesity and bowel pains.

However, the more valuable parts are the leaves and bark, which are made into evening primrose oil, which is known to treat:

Multiple Sclerosis

premenstrual tension

hyperactivity

eczema

acne

brittle nails

rheumatoid arthritis

alcohol-related liver damage 

17. Ginseng

As one of the most highly regarded medicines in the Orient, ginseng earned its reputation for its ability to promote health, general body vigor and prolong life.

The roots are used to:

stimulate and relax the nervous system

encourage secretion of hormones

improve stamina

lower blood sugar levels

lower cholesterol levels

increase resistance to disease

treat debility associated with old age

treat lack of appetite

treat insomnia

18. Turkey Rhubarb

Widely known mainly for its positive and balancing effect upon the digestive system.

It is gentle enough to use in the treatment of children.

The roots act as an astringent tonic to the digestive system while larger doses are used as laxatives.

It is also known to treat :

chronic constipation

diarrhea

liver and gall bladder complaints

hemorrhoids

menstrual problems

skin eruptions due to accumulation of toxin

19. Sage

Salvia, the Latin name for sage, means ‘to heal’.

A very important herb to the Native Americans was Sage, which was said to not only heal multiple problems of the stomach, colon, kidneys, liver, lungs, skin, and more.

It was also believed to protect against bad spirits and to draw them out of the body or the soul.

Internally sage can be used for:

indigestion

flatulence

liver complaints

excessive lactation

excessive perspiration

excessive salivation

anxiety

depression

female sterility

menopausal problems

Externally it can treat:

insect bites

skin infections

throat infections

mouth infections

gum infections

skin infections

vaginal discharge

20. Wu Wei Zi

Low doses of this fruit are said to stimulate the central nervous system whilst large doses depress the central nervous system;

It is also beneficial in regulating the cardiovascular system.

The seed is also used in the treatment of cancer.

Externally, it is used to treat irritations and allergic skin conditions/reactions.

Taken internally it will treat :

dry coughs

asthma

night sweats

urinary disorders

involuntary ejaculation

chronic diarrhea

palpitations

insomnia

poor memory

hyperacidity

hepatitis

diabetes

21. Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle protects and improves liver function.

Taken internally, Milk Thistle helps to treat:

liver and gall bladder diseases

jaundice

hepatitis (liver inflammation)

poisoning

high cholesterol levels

insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis

the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers

the effects of a hangover

22. Comfrey

Comfrey contains allantoin, a cell proliferant that speeds up the natural replacement of body cells.

It is reputed to have teeth and bone building properties in children.

Safer to use externally than internally, comfrey is used to treat a wide variety of ailments ranging from:

bronchial problems

broken bones

sprains

arthritis

gastric and varicose ulcers

severe burns

acne

cuts

bruises

sprains

sores

eczema

varicose veins

23. Feverfew

A tea made from the whole plant is used in the treatment of arthritis, colds, fevers etc.

It is said to have a sedative effect and can regulate menstruation.

An infusion can be used to relieve swollen feet.

Applied externally as a tincture, the plant is used in the treatment of bruises.

Chewing 1-4 leaves a day has proven to be effective in the treatment of some migraine headaches.

24. Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds are high in nutritional value and can be taken to:

encourage weight gain 

inhibit cancer of the liver

lower blood cholesterol levels

treat inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines

drain off sweat ducts

for body building

for late onset diabetes

poor digestion

insufficient lactation

painful menstruation

labor pains

freshen bad breath

restore a dull sense of taste

25. Slippery Elm

The inner bark of the slippery elm can be ground into nutrient-rich porridge-like soup that serves as an excellent remedy for sore throats.

It can also be used to soothe the digestive tract.

26. Stinging Nettle

Long known as a nutritious addition to the diet and as a herbal remedy, the stinging nettle leaves have been traditionally used to:

cleanse the blood

treat hay fever

arthritis 

anemia

excessive menstruation

hemorrhoids

rheumatism

eczema

nettle rash

chicken pox

bruises

burns

27. Agnus Castus

Beneficial to female hormonal system, the agnus castus seeds and fruits are used to rectify hormonal imbalances caused by an excess of estrogen and an insufficiency of progesterone.

It acts upon the pituitary gland, reducing the production of certain hormones and increasing the production of others, shifting the balance in favor of the gestagens, hormones that ‘secure’ pregnancy.

Thus it has a wide application of uses in issues of the feminine reproductive system and has been used regularly in :

restoring absent menstruation

regulating heavy periods

restoring fertility caused by hormonal imbalance

relieving premenstrual tension

easing the transition of menopause

28. Marijuana 

This comes with a disclaimer to grow where it is legal.

There are marked differences in the knowledge on the medical uses of cannabis and cannabinoids in different diseases.

For nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy, anorexia and cachexia in HIV/AIDS, chronic, especially neuropathic pain, spasticity in multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury there is strong evidence for medical benefits.

It is used in treating:

Nausea and Vomiting

Anorexia and Cachexia

Spasticity

Movement Disorders

Pain

Glaucoma

Epilepsy

Asthma

Psychiatric Symptoms

Autoimmune Diseases and
Inflammation

Miscellaneous, Mixed Syndromes

The video below is Kathleen Halloran, N.D. discussing how herbs can be used medicinally and how simple it is to grow them in your own garden.

 

References:

http://odyb.net/discoveries/27-medicinal-plants-worth-your-garden-space/

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/na-remedy.html

http://www.theholisticcare.com/cure%20diseases/Images/alternative-medicine.html

Kathleen Halloran, N.D.

http://www.businessinsider.com/health-benefits-of-medical-marijuana-2014-4

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