Dandelions are a weed that produce a small yellow flower. They are common throughout North America. Dandelions are a great natural source of vitamins and minerals. They have been traditionally used for detoxification and for improving liver function. They have also been used in the treatment of minor infections. Dandelions may also be brewed into a tea to treat upset stomach. Dandelion tea also has a calming effect that can help treat anxiety.
Aloe Vera is a common ingredient in many skin care products. It is most prevalent in skin care products designed for the treatment of minor cuts and burns. The Aloe Vera plant produces yellow flowers and has thick stems. In the wild one can use the gel from inside of the leaves as an anti-septic for cuts, scrapes and burns. Aloe Vera is particularly helpful in treating dry skin and sunburn. The skin soothing gel can be found by removing the skin and inner layer of the plant.
The California Poppy can be steeped in hot water to make tea. It is commonly used to ease anxiety and tension. The stem and roots may be soaked in hot water and used to ease pain and discomfort.
The Canadian lily can be found across North America and is only a few inches tall. This plant can be used for insect bites to draw out poison. This is done by mashing the flower into a paste and applying it to the affected area.
St. John’s Wort:
St. John’s Wort can be found in fields and pastures across North America. An extract made from boiling the leaves can be used to treat sunburn and cuts. It can also be used to make a bedtime tea to treat insomnia. St. Johns Wort is perhaps most commonly used for the treatment of depression.
Lady Ferns are common throughout the Pacific Northwest. They tend to be most abundant in areas with a large amount of rainfall. Once ground into a paste, they can be used to treat insect bites and minor cuts. They are also particularly good at healing rashes caused by stinging nettles.
Mullein (cowboy toilet paper)
Mullein is a wild plant that can be found all over America. Mullein is also referred to as “cowboy toilet paper.” This is a cruel joke. Do NOT use it as toiler paper! However, the leaves can be used to ease back pain. For the treatment of muscle pain, one should put the leaves into a pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes, after which time one may apply them to the sore muscles.
Catnip is commonly used to relieve symptoms of the common cold. It also reduces fever by promoting sweating. It reduces bleeding when applied directly to the wound. Catnip is also used to treat stomach aches and migraines.
Comfrey is easily identifiable by its distinctive purple or white bell shaped flowers. Comfrey is usually found close to water. The plant’s leaves may be brewed and applied directly to the skin to treat insect bites, burns, irritation, and minor wounds. However, the tea made from this plant should never be ingested.
Horsetail is a great plant for treating wounds and stomach pain. The whole plant may be brewed into a tea. For the treatment of wounds, one may skim off the frothy substance created from boiling the plant and apply it directly to the injured area.
Sweet Violet is an effective treatment for colds and the common cold. It also eases cough and sore throat. When steeped in hot water, the resulting tea can be used to relieve migraines and muscle aches.
Yarrow is a common plant that is common across America. It is typically found in fields and other open spaces. The flowers of the plant can be brewed into a tea for the treatment of headaches and diarrhea.
Burdock is a common and annoying weed with sharp thorns that stick to clothing. However, it is rich in vitamins and can be consumed as a vegetable. The Burdock plant has been used to cure almost everything at some point in history. Historically cures attributed to burdock root have included purifying the blood to remove toxins as well as being taken orally or as a topical remedy for skin disorders. In Chinese medicine however burdock root cures have extended to many viral throat issues such as colds and tonsillitis. The leaves can be made into a paste and used to treat insect bites. The root of the Burdock plant may be consumed as a mild laxative. The burdock plant also contains essential fatty acids which have been known to be diaphoretic. Bur oil, which is the more commonly available form of burdock, is the extract of the burdock root itself and is often prescribed as a remedy for scalp problems in Europe.