Have you thought of all of the ramifications to a total collapse of the world as you know it? It isn’t just food and water that are going to be gone. That corner pharmacy and the local drugstore are also going to be gone. You won’t be able to get those little things you have come to depend on like Pepto Bismol when somebody in the family has a tummy ache or skin cream for bug bites or a case of eczema. You may have stocked some of these medicines in your survival pantry, but will it be enough?
Fortunately, you can grow some plants that will help ease the aches and pains of daily life as well as plants that have been known to fight infections. When the doctor isn’t around to call in a prescription for an antibiotic, you need to have an alternative.
These are the top 10 plants you will want to start growing in your garden to help you combat illness in a SHTF situation.
Garlic is nature’s answer to antibiotics and it tastes so darn good you can put it in just about anything. Growing garlic in the garden is pretty easy and you can grow it all year round. Chop the garlic up and eat it with your food or if you are brave enough, a couple bites of raw garlic every few hours will give your immune system the boost it needs to fight off infection.
Aloe vera is a pretty common houseplant, but you can also grow it outdoors if you live in a warm climate. If not, put it in the window. It is a wonderful treatment for burns, sunburns, cuts and scrapes and even bug bites. You can also extract the juice and drink it to help deal with ulcerative colitis, constipation and digestion problems in general.
Echinacea can be added to your flower garden. It is pretty and has some serious medicinal qualities. Making a tea out of the flowers is one way to boost the immune system, which comes in handy during cold and flu season when there are no doctors. The roots of the plants have antibiotic properties that will help heal wounds when applied topically in a paste.
Lemon balm is actually a preventative medicine in a way. When the leaves are crushed and rubbed on the skin, the smell acts as an insect repellent. This can come in handy in areas where the mosquito population is out of control. Remember, there will be no pest control provided by the county in a SHTF situation.
Peppermint smells so darn good why not grow it in the garden? When steeped in water it can help aid digestion, taking care of any tummy aches. It is also a natural headache reliever. After spending a day doing manual labor, rubbing some peppermint infused lotion on your aching muscles will give you some relief.
Sage isn’t just good for cooking. It can be used externally to wrap wounds and promote healing. The super soft leaves of the plant can replace cotton pads if you run out. You can steep it in water and use the tea to treat indigestion. It is also used to treat depression and anxiety, which could be a serious issue in apost-catastrophic situation.
Comfrey can be stuck in a container and put in the flower garden or in the driveway. The leaves are an excellent treatment for sprains and even broken bones according to old school medicine. It is NOT to be taken internally and you wouldn’t want your animals munching on it. The plants are prolific and hardy.
Feverfew is another flower or weed depending on how you look at it, but it does have some excellent medicinal properties. Made into a tea it can help with arthritis pain and as you would probably guess, reduce fevers. Chewing on a few leaves throughout the day can help combat a migraine headache as well.
Lavender is a beautiful plant that smells great and has medicinal qualities. It is a natural antiseptic and can be used to treat wounds. It is also a pain reliever and can help ease the pain of a sunburn or painful rash. The smell of lavender is naturally calming. Putting a few sprigs of fresh lavender in the room can help calm your nerves and the nerves of anxious children.
Thyme can be steeped in a tea and taken internally to treat bronchitis or a nagging cough in general. If you are congested, a little tea will help clear things up so you can get back to work and breathe normal again. When there are no inhalers or cough meds, thyme will be your go-to medicine.