This guide has information on the best herbs to grow for different ailments in your self sustaining homestead garden to have when the SHTF.
Sickness. Pain. We all experience pain and sickness. Sometimes, its just sniffles and allergies to pollen, but sometimes it’s the horrible, I-don’t-want-to-blink-much-less-get-out-of-bed sickness.
And most of us have been up at 3 AM with sick kids who are wide awake because their little noses are so stuffed up.
Or you could have chronic pain from arthritis, an injury, or a disease.
We often talk about what foods, OTC medicines, and gear to stop up on and what we should grow in our self sustaining gardens but one very important thing is easily overlooked- Medicinal Herbs.
Herbs can not only add rich flavor to foods, they are often used as natural medicines for a variety of different ailments. So they are awesome to have on any homestead and herb garden. Some may help with colds and sinus problems and some may help pain and arthritis.
Natural medicines have been around for forever. They are what our ancient ancestors used before we had modern medicines. And even though some may not work as well as modern medicines, they are still great to have around the house, especially in a SHTF situation.
So we have compiled a list of all kinds of herbs you can grow to have your own self sufficient natural medicine cabinet.
Lavender – Not only is the smell of lavender a great aroma therapy for depression and anxiety, it is also great to clear acne and accelerate wound healing by infusing the flowers in water and using it to wash face and damaged skin.
Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites.
Also,some dried flowers under a pillow will help you get a more relaxed peaceful sleep.
Echinacea -Try this medicinal herb if you suffer from a bad cold, an upper repository infection, or the flu. This will ease the symptoms of it and make you feel better.
Elderberry – Studies have shown the the anti viral properties of this herb will help against stuff like the flu. The best way to take this is by making elderberry tea by pouring 1 cup boiling water over 1–2 tsp flowers. Then let it steep for 10 minutes. Sweeten if desired and drink hot 2-3 times per day.
Garlic – This potent herb has antimicrobial properties and is often used to combat colds, ease sinus congestion, and stave off traveler’s diarrhea. In some recent studies it’s also shown to gently lower blood pressure. Eat a couple of fresh cloves a day.
Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera is great for your skin and for burns and minor cuts. It is great for damaged skin due to eczema or other skin conditions. It is also an excellent moisturizer as it is anti microbial and a natural anti-inflammatory.
Peppermint – You can use this as for relief for upset stomach, gas, colds and nausea due to motion sickness by sipping peppermint tea made with a few leaves of fresh peppermint. It also relieves headaches and muscle cramps. Not to mention it helps with bad breath as well!
Sage – Sage gives relief to respiratory problems, including asthma by inhaling an infusion of sage and is a neuroprotective that has been linked to helping with dementia and depression.
And this one is for the ladies. It has a hormone regulating affect on women and will help with severe cramping and painful periods and symptoms associated with menopause.
Cranberry – Cranberries help with bladder infections and help prevent bladder infections in the future.
Turmeric – Turmeric has been used to relieve arthritis pain and heartburn, and to reduce inflammation for hundreds of years. It helps with join pain as well.
White Willow Bark – his is a natural remedy for lower back pain, neck, and muscle aches. It is also used to treat arthritis and is also good as a way to treat headaches as well.
Please note that there are many other herbs that have medicinal properties that are not mentioned here. We have another post that a different writer on our team wrote with different herbs in that article as well.
Also before you take any medications, even natural, please talk to your doctor if you can. I know in a SHTF situation you more than likely won’t have access to a doctor, but study each one carefully as some may interact with prescription medicines. We must note, however, that not all herbs and natural berries can be ingested.