The Top 6 Medicinal Herbs You Need During a Disaster

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During any major disaster your access to medical care is likely to be very limited. This means that you are going to have to find other ways (medicinal herbs) to treat any medical issues that you may encounter.

​You are likely to get sick or injured during a disaster. In fact, the odds of that happening are probably higher than they are in normal circumstances.

Going Without Modern Medicine

While the prospect of having to go without modern medicine is frightening, the good news is that there are a lot of alternative and natural treatments that can be quite effective.

Am I saying that you should use herbs for medicine instead of going to the doctor when you get ill? Of course not! Modern medicine is still by far the best option for treating you when you need medical care.

What I am saying is that if you do not have access to modern medicine, then using herbs as an alternative is your next best option.

For most people, the thought of not having access to medical care can be very scary. 

Modern medicine is "just" a modern service

What you have to keep in mind though, is that modern medicine is just that: a modern service that has only existed for a short period of time.

The amount of time that modern medical care has been around being really a small fraction of the amount of time that humans have walked the Earth.

What this should tell you is that it is possible for people to survive using alternative medicine.

Medicinal Plants and First Aid 

As long as you take the time to learn about medicinal plants and First Aid, you have a good chance of surviving for a long time when going to the doctor is not an option.

Below I am going to review the top 6 important medicinal herbs that you should have at hand in the event of a major disaster. I am also going to go over their more common usage so that you will have the knowledge you need to use them properly. Please keep in mind that I am not recommending these herbs as an alternative to modern medicine. Instead, I am suggesting that you use these herbs to treat illness and injury when you lack access to medical care.

1. Echinacea


Echinacea is a powerful immune boosting herb that can help your body to get the strength that it needs to fight off many viral and bacterial infections. This herb has been used by people for centuries because of how potent it can be. One important thing to remember is that over time, your body can develop a tolerance to this herb. This will hinder its effectiveness. For this reason, you should only use it for a maximum of 10 days at a time. After the 10 day period, you should discontinue its use and wait a while before you use it again.

When is the best time to use Echinacea? You should use it at the first signs of becoming sick from either cold or flu. You can usually tell when you are starting to come down with something. Your energy levels will drop and you will begin to feel sluggish. You will probably notice a tickle at the back of your throat. This is your body telling you that it is infected by a virus or bacteria and that you are about to get sick. This is when you need to gather your energy for battle and give your immune system a boost with Echinacea.

For me, the easiest way to take the beneficial herb is to buy capsules and take them when needed. While you can also grow this herb yourself, I am pretty busy and don't have a lot of free time. So, I prefer to take the easier route. That said, should a disaster strike, I am pretty confident that I would be successful at growing this herb.

 2. Chamomile


Chamomile is well known for its calming effects and relaxing aroma. What you may not be aware of, is that it can also be used to help soothe an upset stomach. In addition to working to soothe an upset stomach, you can also use this herb as a sleep aid at night. This is especially important to me because I often have difficulty sleeping and I am fearful of becoming addicted to sleeping pills.

The great thing about Chamomile is that it is neither addictive nor habit forming. Furthermore, you can also apply Chamomile topically to rashes and other forms of skin irritation since it has powerful anti inflammatory properties.

Taking Chamomile as a tea before going to bed is guaranteed to make you feel more rested when you wake in the morning. I cannot emphasize enough how important sleep is to improve overall health.

Before I started drinking Chamomile tea at night, I would wake a few times due to insomnia. As a result, I was always tired. Thankfully that is not an issue for me anymore. I am also strongly considering adding Chamomile to my gardening efforts so that I will always have access to it should there be a disaster that interrupts my normal supply chain.

3. Peppermint


Have you ever wondered why Peppermint candies are given out at many restaurants at the conclusion of a meal? It is because Peppermint has tremendous properties as a stomach soothing herb.

Peppermint has been used for centuries to help with nausea and other related stomach issues. While Peppermint candies are the most common way people consume it, I personally prefer taking Peppermint tea with a drop of honey added for sweetness. One thing I will caution you about Peppermint is that it can actually make heartburn worse for some people. So if you notice yourself reaching for antacids more frequently when you are using Peppermint, you may want to reconsider taking it. However, if you don't get heartburn from it then it can be a great way to keep your upset stomach from ruining your day.

In addition to helping soothe upset stomachs, Peppermint tea has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of the common cold. Consumed as a tea, it can help to clear sinus congestion and soothe a sore throat. Its effects on soothing a sore throat are even greater when you consume it as a tea with a few drops of honey in it. So the next time you start to feel under the weather, brew a glass or two of Peppermint tea with honey so that you can keep on moving and not let illness slow you down.

4. Ginger


Ginger is another herb that really works wonders on an upset stomach. This is one of the main reasons that people eat Ginger snaps or drink Ginger ale when they are feeling a bit nauseous. On top of working quite well to help treat nausea, ginger is also a great option for treating nausea associated with motion sickness. So when nausea rears its ugly head, Ginger can make a huge positive impact on your overall health and the quality of your life.

Another great use for Ginger is to help pregnant women to deal with morning sickness.

Morning sickness can be very common with pregnant women. Using my wife as an example, I can tell you that it really made her miserable. We considered using nausea prescription medication, but I like to do research about any drugs that my family or I take before we use them.

I was pretty upset to learn that this particular nausea medication has some pretty serious side effects and that when taken in higher doses; it has even been known to cause cardiac arrest. So, no thank you. I think we'll stick with the Ginger instead.

5. Garlic


Garlic does cause bad breath, but that's nothing that some good mouthwash or a few mints will not fix quickly. When you take the time to learn about all of the amazing health benefits that Garlic provides, a bit of bad breath is a small price to pay to reap its numerous health benefits.

Did you know that Garlic can help to keep your heart healthy? Did you also know that is has powerful antiviral and antibacterial benefits as well? It will also fight off fungal infections like the one that causes Athlete's Foot. When you stop and consider how many health benefits that Garlic offers, it seems like a virtual wonder drug.

Before the advent of modern antibiotics, a bad bacterial infection would often prove to be fatal. Since antibiotics were not available at the time, doctors had to turn to other methods of treatment and one of those methods was Garlic.

Now, I am not saying you should quit taking antibiotics and rely on Garlic instead. What I am saying, is that you can use it as an alternative in a pinch.  With antibiotic resistant bacteria becoming more and more common, there might come a day when antibiotics are no longer a viable agent for treating bacterial infections. If that day comes, you will be pretty happy you learned about the benefits of Garlic.

Now, the most potent form of Garlic is raw Garlic. If you consume it this way, you will get the greatest benefit from it. Unfortunately, raw garlic isn't the most palatable of foods. The good news is that you can include finely diced and cooked Garlic in a variety of foods. Garlic adds a strong flavor as well as being healthy when added to many foods. So instead of trying to force down an entire clove of Garlic, just add a little to most of your meals.

6. Feverfew

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Feverfew is a herb that is fairly easy to grow. As its name suggests, this herb can be an ally when fever attacks. It provides a lot of health benefits. While I am blessed with fairly good health, one issue that plagues me is frequent headaches. After consulting doctors to make sure I did not have anything serious like a brain tumor, I was told that they were tension headaches. While there are worse things to have to deal with, having frequent headaches can make you pretty miserable. I tried over the counter medications for a while, but they have side effects. That is when I decided to try Feverfew. I am still kicking myself for not trying it earlier.

I keep some of the dried leaves with me and when I feel a headache coming on, I chew them. Almost like magic, the headache is averted. I also discovered that chewing Feverfew leaves can help one to deal with a painful tooth until you can get to the dentist. Now I drink a cup of tea with Feverfew on a regular basis and my headaches have become much less frequent of late. They are also far less intense.

My Final Thoughts

Like most other people, when I get sick, I try to tough it out for a few days while I give my immune system a chance to do its job. Once I have had enough of being miserable, or think that my immune system alone is not up to the task, then I usually head to the doctor. I take my medicine and in a few days feel like myself again.

But what would I do if I couldn't go to the doctor?

Giving up is an option but, come on, who would really just lay there and die without putting up a fight first? That is why learning about medicinal herbs is so important. You can use them on a daily basis to improve your health and feel better prepared to face the everyday challenges.

You can also use them when you are sick to help hasten your recovery. After learning about these top 6 medicinal herbs you need during a disaster, you will be better equipped to look after your own health and the health of your family.

Furthermore, the pleasant taste of some of them will improve your mood to be able to face the hardships caused by a disaster.

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