A True Doomsday Prepper
- Feb 2, 2017
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- Boynton beach, Florida
I actually have a little experience with herbal medicines (I learned from a Native American of Lakota and Pawnee ancestory).
A dry, cool, dark place is best for storing herbs, not a closed container.
A rack (chicken wire fencing mounted on a square rack works very well) is used to hold herbs suspended.
When using wild plants (whether for food or medicinal purposes), it's important to remember that plants should not be collected from areas near roads, train tracks, or powerlines . . . as toxic herbicides are often used in such places, and can concentrate in the plants over time. Plants collected near roads can also have large amounts of heavy metals from vehicle exhaust.
The distinction between an infusion and a decoction should be understood, and certain plants can be used in combination for a synergistic effect.
It also depends upon which time of year that the plant is harvested, as certain medicinal substances can have a higher or lower concentration depending upon the plant's stage of growth.
Certain plants deserve mention as a special case: yarrow and water hemlock fall into this category, as yarrow is very medicinal--and life-saving--for a variety of issues, while hemlock will--of course--kill you very quickly. These plants very closely resemble each other, and are easily confused with each other. They also grow in the same environment, and are plentiful where they occur.
Certain highly poisonous plants can have medicinal value. Amanita muscaria is a very dangerous mushroom (although poisoning doesn't usually cause death), but it can be sliced up and added to milk and sugar. When flies land in the mixture (attracted by the milk and sugar), they die . . . so we have a natural insecticide that helps prevent disease, as I don't have to tell you how many diseases are spread by houseflies.
And so on.
I hope this was helpful.