After a major disaster, economic collapse or an all out war, modern medicine is going to be tough to come by. You won’t be able to run to the pharmacy when you have a headache or a fever. You won’t be able to get a prescription to fight an infection or ointments to help you heal quicker. It is a scary thought for some, but not all.
People who have been studying ancient medicine know that our ancestors managed to survive without western medicine. Native Americans lived off the land and managed to cure a number of ailments without ever taking a single pill. They relied on the plants and flowers that grow in the wild. They were on to something and you need to learn how they treated their illnesses and injuries with flowers as well.
Modern medicine is convenient, but it is important you learn about natural medicines. The natural medicines will be the only ones left after something big goes down.
These are 13 flowers you need to know how to find and identify to help save your life in a post-apocalyptic world.
- Purple Cornflower, which we know today as echinacea. The roots of the plant can be chewed on to relieve a toothache. The roots have also been used to place on wounds to promote healing. Boiling the flowers in water produces a tea that can be consumed to help boost the immune system. This can be used as a preventative measure or when your body is fighting an infection or the common cold.
- Butterfly Weed is an edible plant that will provide you with nutrition as well as medicinal qualities. The plant is sometimes referred to as pleurisy plant because of its effectiveness at fighting respiratory infections and the symptoms. The roots are the most important part for medicinal purposes. They can be dried or boiled in hot water to make a tea that is excellent for treating dysentery, diarrhea and rheumatism. The roots are also an excellent way to treat deep bruises by making a poultice out of them.
- California poppy is an opiate, but not quite as strong as the original poppy. It is an excellent way to give a patient pain relief when the flower and stem are made into a tincture. It is also used as a sedative or mood relaxer.
- Evening primrose is a woman’s favorite flower. A tincture made from the flowers is very helpful at reducing cramping and the symptoms of menopause. It isn’t just for the ladies. Its anti-inflammatory qualities make it an ideal remedy for swelling and pain. The leaves and bark of the plant can be made into a tea to treat whooping cough and respiratory ailments.
- Lavender tea is an excellent solution for headaches and migraines. It is also helpful in calming a person’s fears and promoting sleep. A poultice can be made with the lavender flowers to treat bug bites and sunburns. A towel dipped in a lavender tea and laid across wounds, burns and sunburns promotes healing while reducing pain.
- Shepherd’s Purse is a great food to eat when you need a little extra nutrition and can be used to help stop the bleeding a woman experiences during childbirth. It can also be eaten raw to help reduce cramps during the menstrual cycle.
- Skullcap is nature’s answer to a sedative. It helps calm the nerves and keeps a person from panicking. If you happen to have had to bug out with someone who is an addict and suffering from withdrawals, skullcap can help them get through it.
Self-heal has a pretty obvious name. The purple flower is a weed to most and a lifesaver to anybody trying to survive in the wild. Back in the old days, Native American warriors would rub the plant on their wounds to promote healing. If they were suffering from mouth sores, they would chew the plant. The plant has antibiotic properties that can help heal while fighting an infection.
- Agrimony goes by many different names depending on the region you live in. It may be referred to as cocklebur or church steeples. This wildflower or weed as many people see it, is very effective at stopping bleeding externally and internally. It can be taken as a tea to stop internal bleeding or used as a tincture and applied directly to a wound.
Chickweed is another edible that also has medicinal uses. Use wisely. You can eat the plant to aid in digestion as well as cure constipation. You can make a poultice from the stem, leaves and flowers of the chickweed to put on burns and skin irritations.
- Yarrow is easily recognizable with its white flower clusters. It is most famous for its ability to create nosebleeds, but is actually used to stop bleeding wounds. Quite the contradiction. Applying the leaves and stems directly to a bleeding wound helps stem the flow of blood. You can make a tea from the stems, leaves and flowers to help you fight off the cold and flu. The tea can also be used to treat a urinary tract infection.
Boneset is a bitter tasting flower when brewed in a tea, but it can help break high fevers brought on by the flu or some dangerous virus. The tea should only be consumed in short bits until a dangerous fever breaks. Centuries ago, the plant was believed to help bones heal after being broken, but there is no real proof of this.
- Bloodroot is the go-to root for tonsillitis and bronchitis. The bloodroot should only be taken in small doses as it can be toxic. It can be used as a poultice to treat skin rashes and warts. The liquid from the stem of the bloodroot is believed to be effective at treating ringworm.
Nature provides us with an array of medicines for almost any ailment. The key is knowing the difference between the flowers and knowing which ones touse for a particular illness. It is critical you use natural tinctures with caution and be aware of any warning signs that indicate you or the person using the remedy are having a negative reaction.