So often we look to plants to do the healing. Well, I guess most people look to the pharmacy. However, for those in the self sufficient, homesteading and preparedness communities, most are looking to herbs and oils to heal.
There is nothing wrong with essential oils and herb gardens in modern times. The problem comes in more austere times when oils run out and herb gardens die after the first frost. What can you use to keep yourself healthy and happy during a survival scenario?
Snow is going to kill most of the wild medicinal plants that grow in the ground. This means trouble if you were depending on things like boneset.
However, you can look to the trees to be effective in the winter, when all other plant life has fallen to the wayside.
The bark of the willow tree is a natural blood thinner that will affect pain relief and fever. Not only is willow bark a great resource in the wild but it pays to store some at home, as well. It shares the same active ingredient as aspirin and can be used in a similar fashion when made into a decoction or tea of 2 tsps. willow bark to 1 cup of water.
The astringent properties of white oak make it perfect for dealing with things like mucus and congestion. This tree is everywhere! They grow big and you don’t need much bark to create a nice potent tea. When you are looking for relief from a head cold white oak can be an easy to find and powerful answer.
Many people know about the immune boosting powers of Vitamin C. They look to things like citrus to boost their intake. Few know that pine needles contain a massive amount of Vitamin C. In fact, one cup of pine needle tea equals 350 milligrams of Vitamin C!