Wednesday, October 27, 2021 by Divina Ramirez
Foraging is an age-old activity that the early humans practiced for survival. Although thousands of years have gone by since humans first began foraging, the art of foraging is still very much alive – especially among homesteaders and preppers.
Today, people forage for both food and medicinal herbs. Unlike conventional medicines, medicinal herbs cause very few to no adverse effects, and most of them can also be used in the kitchen. Having a medicine cabinet filled with medicinal herbs could help you and your family in times of need.
Read on to learn how to forage for medicinal herbs for your herbal medicine cabinet. (h/t to Milkwood.net)
Medicine is all around us – in pastures, along streams and within forests – but it takes a trained eye to spot them easily among the foliage. Here are some pointers to get you started:
Make your own herbal medicines to include in your medicine cabinet. Here are two recipes you can try.
Traditionally, herb-infused vinegars are done to extract and preserve the medicinal properties of herbs without the need for alcohol, which is commonly used in tinctures. This makes herb-infused vinegars favorable for regular use for both children and adults avoiding alcohol.
Here’s how to make one using nettle, chickweed and dandelion.
Take a teaspoon of this infusion to lower fever. You can also use it to make dressings or add it to soups, broths and stews.
As an herbal medicine, fennel can stimulate metabolism, clear phlegm and relieve a dry or moist cough. If used with honey, fennel can be a great natural remedy for colds. (Related: Herbal remedies and soothing teas: Effective natural cures for the common cold.)
Here’s how to make fennel-infused herbal honey.
To ease cold symptoms, add a teaspoon of this fennel-infused honey to your tea. You can also spread it on toast or stir it into oatmeal.
PlantMedicine.news has more articles about other medicinal plants and their health benefits.
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