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    Medical Preparedness and Medicinal Plants

    I wanted to share some more medicinal plants that I have growing in my garden, but today I’m going to share with you the ones that ARE NOT growing… Every plant has a general growing zone which provides a guideline for planting. Sometimes, if you place the plant in just the right location, you can have some success a little outside of the growing zone. A greenhouse, for example, can help a higher grow zone plant maintain a hotter environment and provide some cold protection.

    However, with a lower grow zone plant it is nearly impossible to emulate colder temperatures, unless you have a coldhouse and year round air conditioning for a plant may be very expensive. Since I am trying to build a garden in case a collapse happens, I need the plant to be as “independent” as possible! Plant and grow, nothing fancy or complicated please.

    Medicinal Plants

    Here’s a list of the some plants that have died since I planted them:

    Aquilegia vulgaris       zones 3-8
    Ranunculaceae family (Buttercup)
    Medicinal/Potentially Poisonous
    Medicinal uses: A lotion made from fresh root is rubbed on the skin to relieve rheumatic aches and pains. Seeds rubbed in the hair may control lice. Root tea made with 1 teaspoon root and 1 cup of water for diarrhes, stomach troubles and a diuretic, may stop uterine bleeding as well.

    French Lavender
    Lavandula stoechas     zones 8-9
    Lamiaceae family ( Lavenders)
    Medicinal uses: A sedative tea can be made with newly opened flowered buds that will help with headaches and faintness. Lavender smelling salts were used for fainting in the past. Also a cure for hoarseness and soothing sore joints. A soothing salve is used for inflammations, cuts and burns.

    Thyme, Lemon Carpet (TM)
    Thymus herba-barona cv.     zones 6-8
    Lamiaceae family ( Mint)
    Medicinal uses: It is used for cough, nasal congestion, and is a natural expectorant. Thyme oil and thyme tea may also produce a relaxing effect and helps fight fatique and depression. Thyme oil has antiseptic properties and may fight fungal infections. Treats sore throats and gum inflammation. Externally, use as a compress to treat mild burns and skin infections. A massage of thyme oil may provide headache relief. Aromatherapy of the oil may relieve bronchitis and pneumonia.

    All information given is for entertainment purposes only. Always research any herbal remedy before using.


    Nurse Amy

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