For hundreds of thousands of years our ancestors relied on nature for their very survival.Everything from food and clothing to shelter,but nature provided more than that, it also provided plants & herbs which were helpful medicines. As a matter of fact one of the most well known products that we modern humans use is …..aspirin! This wonder drug was derived from the willow tree.Early man would brew a tea from the inner bark of the willow to alleviate pain,swelling and to bring down fevers. Willow could be found almost everywhere in some form or another as far north as the Arctic.
The inner white cambium bark of the cherry tree made an effective cough medicine.In early spring the first green plants were usually gathered to eat or make into a tea to help alleviate the craving for fresh green food.The clover was used for this purpose due to its level of vitamin C.The cat tail or bulrush is a healthy, edible plant from its starchy roots to its corn like buds and later the abundant flour like pollen.The soft down from mature bulrush tops was used as a treatment for burns & scalds.Wild onions were also made use of not just for food, but to relieve ear aches and ringing in the ear.This was done by roasting the wild onion and then squeezing the juice from it.The native Americans used it to treat scurvy.
If you can find raw honey you will be surprised by what it can do.For scratches, abrasions,or cuts smear a small amount of raw honey on the area and cover lightly with a dressing.The honey is antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial — it never spoils! Honey is also a natural preservative.