What Do I Grow for Home Meds?
First of all, please understand that I live in a trailer park where ground for growing is limited. Even so, I grow much of my own food and most of my own medicine. I also have a rather large porch which extends my garden.
The below list is not comprehensive, but it is significant. The ones I mention are my most used medications.
Elderberries: I have two bushes. They grow copious amounts of berries. Because the birds love them too, I invested in some bird netting that I intend to try this year.
- After harvesting the berries, I wash and dry them. I don’t make them into jam. These are for medicinal purposes only. I store the dried berries in gallon-sized glass jars and use them as needed throughout the year. I make them into a cough syrup, which worked very well against the Covid19 cough that plagued me for three weeks after I caught the virus. But it worked. That was the syrup’s main purpose.
Common Mallow: A better herb would be Marsh Mallow, but Common Mallow Tea supports the mucous membranes almost as well.
- I use it because it comes up naturally. I let it grow a couple of years, then harvest the roots. I wash, cut up and dry the roots and store them in a dark place.
Plantain: I have the narrow-leafed kind in my garden. Once again it grows there naturally. I realize there are those who insist that one must use the broad-leafed variety, but both work just as well.
- I cut good, healthy leaves from the plant, never taking them all. I wash the leaves with a sprayer attachment on my sink to remove debris, then pat them dry. I place the leaves in a container that I fill with vegetable oil. I prefer olive oil, since that has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal oil. For the first week I poke a chopstick or knife blade in the jar to remove air bubbles and cover it. For the next two or three weeks, I just let it sit out of any direct sunlight. At the end of the third or fourth week, I strain out the leaves and throw them away. The infused oil works great for any skin conditions, including athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. It also soothes issues such as eczema. I put the oil into small jars and store them in a dark place.
Wild Lettuce: I’ve heard, it can be used as a potent pain killer, much like morphine. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve kept a few plants growing in my garden to try this year.
Red Willow bark, as far as I can tell, works as well as White Willow for mild pain.
- I scrape off the tender bark from the slender branches, dry it, and store it in a paper bag. Then I can use the leftover “skinned” branches for making baskets.
Mullein works better than Benadryl as a sleep aid, without dangerous side effects or internal damage, and it works for stuffy noses as well.
- I pull up the whole plant, remove the leaves and compost the rest. Then I spray the debris off the leaves and pat dry. I cut up the leaves and dry. When thoroughly dry, I put the leaves in a paper bag. To use, take ½ teaspoon of dried leaves per 1 cup of hot water. Let steep, then sip slowly. This works great if taken an hour our two before bed.
Alfalfa is one of my favorites as a tea. It helps protect the kidneys. If you’re overweight, as I am, you DO have kidney issues. I recommend Alfalfa tea daily to those who are fat like me. I keep several jars of dried alfalfa on my shelves for year-round use.
Spinach is more than a tasty vegetable. It also adds zinc to our chronically deficient diets. Zinc is vital if you get Covid because it oxygenates the blood. In the winter you can grow it indoors. It’s best when eaten fresh.
Garlic, eaten raw (chop it up and drink it with water, in much the same way as you’d take a pill) is excellent for high blood pressure. It works as an antibiotic and antiviral. When I had Covid, I took garlic every two hours while awake. You can’t get immune to it, and you can take it daily without any adverse effects. And, no, you don’t smell like garlic if you take it with water instead of chewing it.
At the moment, I’m working on an ebook of home-made meds that you can grow in your garden. For those who are interested in receiving your copy, please contact me at Lorekeeper@gmx.com. I do answer all emails. So if you have questions, please contact me.