Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Backyard Natural Alternative Medicinal Remedies

An Abundance Of Remedies Can Be Found In Our Back Yards

Hopefully you are not one of those misguided folks that spray weed killers to these handy back yard friends, are you? I encourage folks to check out their backyards and identify, store as well for use, various plants year round.

Herbal and plant alternative medicine have been used for generations and have proven to be very effective throughout time.

If you yard is like mine there are patches of plantain spring up everywhere. The leaves of the plantain are best used fresh the plant can be put in the blender roots and all. The fresh macerated leaves are put on bee stings and used for all kinds of skin irritations.

The flowers of the honeysuckle are a natural antihistamine and are also useful for treating rashes and inflammation. They are traditionally combined with mints for rashes or an outbreak on the skin, following nervous tension and combined with scutellaria to treat boils.

Speedwell is simple and effective as a lotion or skin wash that is applied to the skin to speed would healing and to relieve itching. Speedwell can also be used in herbal tea cough remedies as an expectorant, and also has diaphoretic (sweat -producing), diuretic and tonic properties.

Our lawns and kitchen cabinets are filled with natural antibiotics such as Clove that is virtually pure eugenol a powerful multifaceted phytochemical that anesthetizes and kills bacteria and fungi. Cloves antibacterial power in employed to treat colds, dental abscesses, gum disease, earache and arthritis pain. Oil of cloves kills bacteria that can cause food poisoning, and is uses in treating viral infections. The use of Clove oil has been passed down generation to generation to relieve pain from toothache and dental treatment, and has come to the rescue of many who could not get a timely dentist appointment.

Lavender and tea tree oils can be applied neat to scrapes ad cuts to prevent infection. Put a few drops into warm water to clean wounds. In general lavender is used in a warm bath to relax muscle spasms anywhere in the body, and to relax the body in the presence of pain.

Organic raw honey can be applied to a cut or scrape as an antibiotic to clean and disinfect wounds and also to calm the itch of insect bites and rashes.

Keep a bottle of pure distilled witch hazel on hand to clean and disinfect wounds, and calm the itch of insect bites and rashes When distilled and combined with alcohol, the aromatic oil extracted from the bark of the witch hazel shrub makes a soothing and mildly astringent lotion. A general and all-purpose remedy for abrasions, burns, scalds, insect bites and other inflammatory conditions of the skin.

Goldenseal makes a good topical antiseptic for minor injuries. Goldenseal is widely used in many herbal salves and ointments as a disinfectant. The root contains berberine and hydrastine, which give goldenseal a broad-spectrum antibacterial action.

Goldenseal is often thought of in the same vein as Echinacea, an immune booster to take at the onset of a cold, but this is mistaken. The herb's real value is as a topical antibiotic in skin infections sore throats, and other applications where it comes in direct contact with the affected areas.

Also, keep in mind that some of the best foods are free! Those would be those edible wild plants.

So you see not all weeds are a nuisance and maybe should just be spared in case of need. Why go to the drug store and pay big bucks for antiseptic antibiotics, and so forth when Mother Nature gives it to you with her blessings.

Medicine In Your Own Backyard (Part One)

Medicine In Your Own Backyard (Part Two)

Backyard courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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