In an age where more and more people are striving to live “off-grid,” having a good working knowledge of medicinal plants is a skill that we should all strive for. Native American tribes have been experts at using plants to relieve ailments for as far back as anyone can remember, and while this article won’t make you medicine man, it will give you at least a few plants to experiment with the next time you get a bee sting or suffer from indigestion.
This one is pretty common knowledge, but the sap from an aloe plant can be used to relieve burns and insect bites, as well as a topical treatment for small cuts and other wounds.
Cayenne can be mixed in a drink or sprinkled on food and it acts as a natural pain reliever. It also helps with the digestive system and has been known to relieve arthritis pain. Cayenne powder can be sprinkled directly on wounds to not only act as an antiseptic but also relieve pain.
Eucalyptus leaves can be squeezed to extract the oil. The oil can then be mixed in with teas to help treat sore throats, fever, cough and other flu symptoms.
The inner bark from the aspen tree contains salicin, essentially making it aspirin. It can be mixed in with a tea to treat everything from fever to muscle pain.
The fennel plant can be mixed in a tea or chewed right out of the ground and helps to relieve sore throat and coughs. It also helps in digestion and can reduce symptoms like diarrhea.
This herb has been around since ancient times. Cultures from all over the world have used ginseng in teas and as a food additive to help boost energy, reduce fatigue and provide a general kick to the immune system. It also helps strengthen lung and liver health.
Still a popular cooking ingredient today, sage can be used to treat digestive disorders and cold and flu symptoms. It is also a great natural insect repellent.