Don’t know about you, but when I have the flu I’m pretty worthless. I’m not any good to me nor my family. If some kind of emergency cropped up while I was very sick … well, that’s tough to plan for.
So, the plan: don’t get sick.
It’s timely that The Patriot Nurse gives a short video presentation on how to prep for the flu.
Essentially, she gives preparedness/action tips for when you’re healthy, just getting ill, and in the dark depths of full-blown flu.
As your watching this video by Survival Lilly, remember that there are all kinds of marigolds growing throughout the world. The different plants have different properties, some with unhealthy effects.
The botanical name of this marigold is calendula officinalis. If you buy seeds–any seeds–always know the “official” name.
There’s no doubt that herbs should be part of your survival garden. Your garden should provide both nutritious vegetables and plants for home remedies. Medicinal remedies that may no longer be available anywhere if the SHTF.
Everyone else can argue the health hazards or refreshing benefits of soft drinks.
In this post we’re simply focusing on the unusual non-drink properties of Coca-Cola®.
As a child, I’d clean my Skylander bike with Coke. Just pour some on, let sit and fizz, then rinse off with the water hose.
Tah dah! My super cleaning powers amazed the younger neighborhood kids.
That was the pinnacle of my magic career.
For thousands of years, herbs have been a central component in flavorful meals, in medicinal* concoctions, and in some cases spiritual practices.
So what makes a particular herb super? It has to offer something more than just a bit of flavor to tea or salad. Grandmothers use super herbs to soothe a rough digestion, or ease a grandchild’s sunburn.
These herbs have both a folklore tradition and a very real history of solving* medical ailments of folks and animals.
Below are some of the herbs that have these “superpowers”. They are an important element of any survival garden.
1. Tulsi (holy basil). Used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India for thousands of years, tulsi is a powerful adaptogenic herb and tonic that is healing to the entire body …
Tulsi is delicious when harvested fresh from the garden and used as a tea, in fresh salads, stir fry dishes, and much more.
How to grow tulsi:
For such a powerful herb, tulsi is very easy to grow. Just like other members of the mint family, tulsi will produce many seeds that can be used for future growing seasons and for sharing this lovely herb with friends …
Tulsi can be grown indoors throughout the year. Tulsi plants can be transplanted into pots and placed in a bright and a sunny spot that gets 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.
2. Lemongrass. Lemongrass has many health benefits, including supporting healthy digestion; providing a defense against infections; supporting the immune system and a healthy respiratory system …
Lemongrass is also useful as a natural insect repellent.
Lemongrass is commonly consumed as a tea and as a tincture …
How to grow lemongrass:
Lemongrass is a tender evergreen perennial that is frost intolerant. Therefore, it must be grown indoors throughout the year, or grown as an annual in temperate climates. Lemongrass does best in moist and fertile soil and does well in pots …
3. Garlic. Garlic is a great herb to help the body fight off infections such as colds or the flu, as well as supporting healthy digestion. [G]arlic … acts as a potent antiseptic against various types of infections, including parasites.
How to grow garlic:
Garlic grows best in well-drained rich soil with a pH of 4.5-8.5, and in full sun. Cloves should be planted with the pointed ends up at two inches deep and six inches apart. Plant the cloves in the fall to harvest in late summer or in early spring to harvest your garlic in late fall …
4. Ginger. In addition to ginger’s effectiveness for nausea and other digestive discomfort … helps to heal joints and cartilage tissue …
How to grow ginger:
Ginger is native to hot and humid habitat, and thrives in moist soil. It can be grown year-round in a pot inside in full sunlight. During the cooler and drier winter conditions, ginger will go dormant.
To plant ginger, plant a piece of ginger root shallow with one or two growing nubs in the soil. Planting too deep will lead to a rotting of the root …
5. Turmeric. Turmeric is steadily gaining in popularity due to its applications to a variety of health conditions. It is an herb that is well-known for its antioxidant properties …
How to grow turmeric:
Turmeric is a tropical plant that thrives in warm and moist temperatures, so it will not survive outdoors in temperate climates during the cold time of year. However, it is worth a try to keep it indoors for the winter …
To cultivate turmeric, plant a turmeric root shallowly in fertile soil and be sure to keep it warm and moist with lots of direct sunlight.
6. Red clover. Commonly found in fields and backyards, red clover is … especially useful for skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis …
Possible ways to consume red clover (the leaves and the flowers) include making a tincture from it, use it as a tea, add it to salads and smoothies, and use it in soups.
How to grow red clover:
Red clover is a perennial that is hardy in zones 4 to 9. This plant is easily grown from seed, and thrives in full sun in loamy and well-drained soil …
7. Aloe. Aloe is likely most well-known for its ability to help the body to heal from burns and other skin injuries. Aloe both soothes and repairs the area damaged by burns …
How to grow aloe:
Aloe transplants prefer warm, sunny and dry conditions, but they will tolerate a number of less-than-optimal conditions. Fairly easy to grow, it primarily needs sunshine, well-drained soil and moderate watering …
8. Plantain. Plantain is a common “weed” that has a myriad of medicinal and nutritional uses … Among its many uses, plantain is used … as a remedy for insect bites, stings and boils, and it helps to draw out deep-seated infections when used as a poultice.
Because plantain is so nutrient-dense and contains protein, starch and many different vitamins, plantain can be used as an emergency food source.
How to grow plantain
By tilling up a little soil in your yard and then left to sprout in the full sun, it will likely reveal itself.
If you cannot find plantain in your own yard or elsewhere on your property, it is likely [in] sidewalk cracks, on the beach, in meadows, or in other wild places … Just till up some soil, sprinkle the seeds, and it will show up the following year.
*Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as a diagnosis or treatment for any particular health condition. Always seek medical guidance from a trusted health care practitioner to determine if any herbs are suitable for your particular health condition(s).
Source: Rebecca McCarty is an extremely knowledgeable writer of prepping topics. Look for her excellent articles in OffTheGridNews.