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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Plant Medicine

We have used herbs occasionally for years.  After spending $2,000 in doctors appointments and tests one year for MrLivingOurWay's sinus problems, he began using several herbs to keep the infections at bay.   I've always said, that the doctor can prescribe something and it usually won't work but if I look up the problem on the Internet, the natural treatment almost always works.

My bout with bronchitis last year, brought to light one of the areas I've never trusted to herbs: bad infections. A sinus infection is one thing but with the bronchitis, I really felt like I was going to die!  I got an antibiotic and it did help.  However, I was telling a friend that I felt the only reason I would need to go to a doctor was if I had a bad infection and disagreed.  I've since done research and found several herbs for more serious infections.  According to Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech, a tincture of thyme would have been the best option for bronchitis but I wouldn't have been able to use it at the time due being pregnant.

One problem with using herbal medicine is predicting which ones we would need to have on hand.  How do you decide which herbs to keep on hand?  Which ones do you use the most?


  1. I buy/gather herbs as I need them, rather than stocking up on what we might need, though that happens naturally since we rarely use all the herbs on one episode of illness. That said, I've learned to keep a few things on hand, because I KNOW were gonna need it. :-) Elderberry is the first one that comes to mind. I use it for viral infections. Osha is another good one, but it can upset your tummy. Mullein is also good for bronchitis issues. GOOT is my second favorite remedy. That stuff will cure what ails you. Plantain is good for insect bites and stings as well as rashes. I could go on for days. :-) My handbook is Prescription for Herbal Healing. I also have Prescription for Nutritional Healing, but I see that as more long term preventive care. HTH!

  2. Thanks Michelle. You mentioned some herbs that I'm not familiar with so I'm definately going to check into them. Elderberry is something we use at our house a lot.

  3. I am slowly learning about herbal medicine. This year I made plantain salve for the first time for insect bites (and the kids use it on scrapes too). It really does take out the itch. I am currently drying some calendula blossoms to make a general healing salve (and I'll add some plantain to that, too). I also made some dandelion tincture (as a liver tonic) and lemon balm tincture (for stress). I plan on adding to my herbal medicine cabinet as time goes on and I learn more.

    We use elderberry syrup too (which I purchase) and it's amazing how well it works to keep a cold at bay.

  4. Laura, we are buying our elderberry syrrup as well for now. I'll have to make some plantain ointment. I do have one child that always seems to get bitten by insects.