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The best home remedies come from Mother Nature. If you’re looking for the best medicinal plants and weeds you can grow in your garden, I’ve listed the top picks for you to choose from.

Mother Nature’s Best Home Remedies

Home remedies, or natural remedies, are typically grown in the comforts of your own backyard, or for many, the comfort of the wilderness. Medicinal plants and oils have been know to serve as remedies for ailments both major and minor. They are Mother Nature’s healthy alternative to conventional medicine, and have been used longer than we can imagine. Even the ancient Egyptians utilized these best home remedies!

If ever left without modern medicine, knowing a little about nature’s remedies for common ailments could prove crucial to your health and wellness in a survival situation.

We’ve gathered some essential medicinal plants and oils, and their cures, that you should have on hand for your next home remedy.

10 Medicinal Plants

10 Medicinal Plants | Mother Nature’s Best Home Remedies

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Great Burdock
This root is used to treat ‘toxic overload’ that result in throat infections and skin diseases like : boils, rashes, burns, bruises, herpes, eczema, acne, impetigo, ringworm and bites. Marsh Mallow
This root internally treats: inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranes, counter excess stomach acid, peptic ulceration, gastritis. Externally, the root is applied to bruises, sprains, aching muscles, insect bites, skin inflammations and splinters. If you miss making s’mores when SHTF – this is also the plant marshmallows are made from! Aloe Vera
The sap from Aloe Vera is extremely useful to speed up healing and reduce the risk of infections associated with wounds, cuts, burns, eczema, as well as reducing inflammation. Aloe Vera taken internally may treat: ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation, poor appetite and digestive problems. Pot Marigold
Pot Marigold is a great remedy for skin problems, including bites, stings, sprains, wounds, sore eye and varicose veins.
Internally it may treat fevers and chronic infections. The tea of the petals tones up circulation and, taken regularly, eases varicose veins. Gotu Kola
This plant acts on various phases of connective tissue development and stimulates healing of ulcers, skin injuries, decreasing capillary fragility, stimulation of the lipids and protein necessary for healthy skin.Crushed leaves are poulticed to treat open sores. It can also be used to treat leprosy, revitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention span and concentration and treat venous insufficiency. Chamomile
In addition to aiding problems with the digestive system, it has a soothing and calming effect like aromatherapy, used to end stress and aid in sleep. The herb is also used to treat common aches like toothache, earache, shoulder pain and neuralgia. Chinese Yam
It is sweet and soothing to the stomach, spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys. Internally, it treats tiredness, weight loss, loss of appetite, poor digestion, chronic diarrhea, asthma, dry coughs, uncontrollable urination, diabetes and emotional instability.
Externally, it may be applied to ulcers, boils and abscesses. Echinacea
The echinacea has the capacity to raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. It also has antibiotic properties that helps relieve allergies. Basically, the roots are beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds and burns. It was once used by many Native Americans as an application for insect bites, stings and snakebites. The echinacea grows on any well drained soil, as long as it gets sunlight. Great Yellow Gentian
This root is a bitter herb used to treat digestive disorders and states of exhaustion from chronic diseases. It stimulates the liver, gal bladder and digestive system, strengthening the overall human body. Internally, it may treat liver complaints, indigestion, gastric infections and aneroxia. Siberian Ginseng
This herb is a powerful tonic herb that maintains good health. It’s medicinal properties are used for menopausal problems, geriatric debility, physical and mental stress, and treats bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or radiation, angina, hypercholesterolemia and neurasthenia with headache, insomnia, poor appetite, increasing endurance, memory improvement, anti-inflammatory purposes, immunogenic purposes, chemoprotective purposes and radiological protection.(See full article at Backyard Garden)

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Medicinal Plant Oils | Essential Oils

Chances are you’ve heard of essential oils, which are oils extracted from medicinal plants. Here are a few or our favorite essential oils we are sure to keep readily available in the medicine cabinet:

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil | Mother Nature’s Best Home Remedies

Peppermint is nicknamed ‘the world’s oldest medicine’, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago. Peppermint is naturally high in manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C. Crushed leaves rubbed on the skin help soothe and relax the muscles. Peppermint oil is most commonly used for:

  • reduce irritable bower syndrome
  • against upset stomachs
  • inhibit bacterial growth
  • treat fevers
  • flatulence
  • spastic colon
  • nausea
  • headaches

(Read more at Fractured Paradigm)

Sage Essential Oil

Sage Essential Oil | Mother Nature’s Best Home Remedies

Sage is one of our favorite oils. It has many diverse health benefits including:

  • Stomach pains
  • Coughs
  • Cramps
  • Eliminates scars
  • Purifies blood
  • Digestive aid
  • Reduces fever
  • Stimulates the brain

(See more health benefits at Organic Facts)

Tea Tree Essential Oil

tea tree essential oil | Mother Nature’s Best Home Remedies

Tea tree oil is often referred to as “medicine cabinet in a bottle,” as it’s remedies are seemingly endless. Check out these 79 uses for the ultimate survival remedy:

  1. Abrasions and minor cuts
  2. Acne
  3. Air freshener
  4. Allergies
  5. Arthritus
  6. Asthma
  7. Athletes foot
  8. Baby care
  9. Bacterial infections
  10. Bad breath
  11. Bladder infection
  12. Blisters
  13. Boils
  14. Bronchial congestion
  15. Bronchitus
  16. Bruises
  17. Bunions
  18. Burns
  19. Calluses/corns
  20. Canker sores
  21. Carbuncies
  22. Chapped lips
  23. Chicken pox
  24. Chigger bite
  25. Cold sores
  26. Coughs
  27. Dandruff
  28. Dermatitus
  29. Dry skin
  30. Eczema
  31. Emphysema
  32. Flea bites
  33. Gout
  34. Gum disease
  35. Head lice
  36. Hives
  37. Homemade mouthwash
  38. Household cleaning
  39. Immune system
  40. Infected wounds
  41. Inflammation
  42. Ingrown hair
  43. Insect repellant
  44. Jock itch
  45. Laryngitis
  46. Laundry helper
  47. Mildew/mold remover
  48. Mosquito bites
  49. Muscle aches/pains
  50. Mumps
  51. Nail fungus
  52. Pest control
  53. Plantar warts
  54. Psoriasis
  55. Rashes
  56. Rheumatism
  57. Ringworm
  58. Rubella
  59. Scabies
  60. Sciatica
  61. Seborrhea
  62. Shingles
  63. Shock
  64. Sinusitis
  65. Sore muscles
  66. Sore throat
  67. Staph infection
  68. Stye
  69. Sunburn
  70. Tattoos
  71. Thrush
  72. Ticks
  73. Toenail fungus
  74. Toothbrush cleaner
  75. Tonsillitus
  76. Vaginal infection
  77. Viral infections
  78. Warts
  79. Wounds

(See how to apply tea tree oil to these ailments at LA Healthy Living)

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There are an endless array of medicinal plants and essential oils. Let me know what other home remedies you are using in the comments below!

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