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I recently found out that you really don’t need to hit the drug store or dip into your stash of meds each time the ouchie rolls your way. As unlikely as this may sound, nature does have its ways of healing the body, even though some concoctions and decoctions might look like something you would usually find in a witch’s hut.

If you have a backyard, then you must know how annoying weed-whacking can become. You really don’t need to have a degree in herbology to figure out that most of them are harmful to your garden, regardless if you planted veggies or roses.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, my wife asked me to help my in-laws with the garden. Yes, that included a lot of mowing, weed-whacking, pruning, and other stuff. It’s a thankless job, but somebody’s got to do it. Put my overalls on, grabbed my tools, and went out back to see what was growing there.

I kid you not when I tell you that I’ve stepped in treasure. Well, weed to some, riches to people like us. And so, instead of gathering everything and setting them on fire, I asked my father-in-law for garbage back. As you would imagine, I got back home with a bunch of casseroles and a trunk filled with weeds.

I chuckled a couple of times while driving, thinking what a police officer might say if he pulled me over and saw the trunk filled to the brim with some weird-looking weed.

So, after doing a little bit of chopping, cleaning, and cooking, I’ve decided to write this short and sweet piece about the herbs I’ve picked up from my in-law’s yard. All of them are top-notch plants. Some can be eaten, as in diced, mashed, and stuck in a broth, but most are used for medicinal purposes. No, they can’t heal every pain and pang in the world, but they’re very helpful in relieving some of them.

The best thing about the plants on my list is that you don’t even need to bother tending them – they literally spring up from the ground and, in fall, you would get yourself a nice backyard natural pharmacy. Here’s what I was thinking in terms of backyard plants used for preparing healing decoctions.

  1. Dandelion roots

Dandelions are there to remind us of the good things in life – a child’s laughter (unless it’s midnight and you don’t have a kid), the first romance, reading my awesome article. Anyways, probably most of you have picked up and blown on dandelion until all those tiny little flowers flew away. Fun fact: one of my best buds, who’s from Romania, told me that in his country this flower is called the hog’s fart.

Don’t know much about them, but can’t seem to find any association. Anyway, dandelion roots are what you’re really looking for – once you’ve plucked them from the ground and gave them a washing, they kinda resemble parsley roots. As for medicinal purposes, the roots of these plant can be dried up and use as a coffee replacement or made into tea.

It’s very healthy for those who like everything about coffee, except the caffeine (noticed no difference in taste either). Teas made from dandelion roots are great for stomach aches and for stimulating appetite. Don’t drink too much, though because it tends to have a powerful laxative.

2. Nettle

Remember what your mother used to say? Don’t go number two in the nettles because you’re going to get one Hell of a keister ache. True for the most part, but the things you can do with nettles.

For instance, the juice left behind by nettle roots after boiling them can be used to counter iron deficiencies. Moreover, teas made from this plant can help in reducing prostate swelling. The only annoying thing about preparing anything form nettle is the cleaning part. I for one use surgical gloves to clean them.

3. Raspberry leaves

Nothing beats the subtle and fragrant aroma of freshly-picked raspberry. Unfortunately, the leaves of this plant are often overlooked. Pity, because they’re great for a lot of things. For instance, I like to prepare my own teas by picking up an assortment of plant parts such as blueberry stems, raspberry leaves, mint, and elderberry.

You just leave them to dry for a couple of weeks, bag and tag and you have yourself a nearly endless supply of tea. As far as the health benefits are concerned, decoctions made from the leaves of raspberry work wonders on the digestive system. Also, according to the docs, teas made from the green part of this plant are known to boost fertility in women.

4. Jewelweed

Also known as the Koh-I-Noor of plants due to its very distinct jewel-like aspect, jewelweed is an efficient poison buster.  Tinctures made from the plant’s flower are used to treat sumac and oak poisonings. Moreover, if you have irritation after tiptoeing through nettles or getting too physical with ivy, a poultice made from jewelweed will quickly bring down the swelling.


5. Rosemary

I know that I covered rosemary in a previous article, but I forgot to tell you about its medicinal values. Apart from getting along splendidly with any meat, rosemary is a great antibacterial agent. Rosemary teas can be used to clear up a throat infection. More than that, you can use dried rosemary to wish away awful smells from the room; yeah, just like incense.


6. Comfrey roots

Have to admit that this one’s a doozie. On the one hand, this plant’s stems, root, and flowers are very toxic, but only when taken internally. However, comfrey roots can be successfully employed in the treatment of laryngitis or other throat conditions, if they’re made into gargle. Moreover, some studies have shown that purified extracts from comfrey roots can enhance recovery in case of a bone injury.

That’s it for my backyard herbal apothecary. Hope you’ve enjoyed my article. Don’t forget to hit the comment to let me know your thoughts on medicinal herbs.

The best thing about these plants is that you don’t even need to bother tending them – they literally spring up from the ground and, in fall, you would get

If any of you have purchased antibiotics for your long-term medical supplies, you know that these are considered prepper gold. Having this medicine on hand in extended emergencies can help prevent infections or even save a life.

It must be said that not all antibiotics are created equal. Understanding this can help you find the right antibiotics that will work best for the specific medical conditions you are trying to target. Because there are such a wide range of antibiotics, before you buy them do some research on your own or talk with a medical professional to see which antibiotics would be best for you and your family.

Certain antibiotics should not be mixed with other drugs, foods or alcohol. For instance, drinking grapefruit juice with erythromycins or taking erythromycin with theophylline (a drug used for respiratory ailments) can cause fatal heart arrhythmias. There are many other interactions that doctors know about that the layman does not. That being said, if you do plan on storing these medications, have a pharmaceutical or drug guide on hand to ensure that correct medicines and dosages are given. Used copies of this reference can be purchased at college book stores at a discounted price.

Keep in mind that when antibiotics are used to treat an infection, the “good” bacteria in the large intestine may also be destroyed as a result. Therefore, consider investing in some probiotics to help restore the microbial balance that is disrupted by antibiotics and infections. Probiotics are usually sold in the vitamin section of most pharmacies as well as in health food stores. They can be stored along with your vitamins in your reserve supplies.

www.SurvivingHealthy.com is a great website where you can purchase antibiotics securely online without using a prescription. [PH Notes: The Surviving Healthy site does not appear to be active any longer, but Camping Survival offers Fish Antibiotics]

It should be emphasized that antibiotics should only be used as a last resort. Give your body a chance to fight the infection. If the infection continues, consider using a course of antibiotics.

Please consider the following concerns before purchasing antibiotics:

  • They are not a first line of defense.
  • You could be allergic to certain types of antibiotics and could cause other medical issues.
  • The antibiotics may not work due to being past their expiration, from improper storage, from the wrong dosage administered or from your body building up an immunity.
  • Antibiotics can also exacerbate an issue by destroying the good bacteria in the body. Investing in some probiotics can help restore the good stuff though.

According to the Patriot Nurse, the five most popular types of antibiotics (including their generics) are:

  1. Zithromax – UTIs, URIs, Sepsis (used in an IV), STDs, and ear infections.
  2. Ampicillan – This a more broad spectrum antibiotic that treats skin infections, STDs, Sepsis and ear infections.
  3. Cipro – This antibiotic has a lot of toxicity issues and should be taken sparingly. Can be used for UTIs, infectious diarreah, bone and joint infections.
  4. Amoxicillan – This is a very popular antibiotic used in upper respiratory, ear, nose and throat infections, and teeth abcesses.
  5. Doxycycline – An effective antibiotic used for malaria, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

She also suggests Clindamyacin, Flagyl and Bactrim as some back ups to the aforementioned.

Fish antibiotics are also becoming popular storage items amongst preppers because no prescription is required to purchase them. It is true that many fish antibiotics contain the same active ingredients as those formulated for humans. However, there are few considerations to keep in mind, such as using the correct dosage as to not over medicate yourself, and the differences in human metabolism vs. the metabolism rate of a fish.  Anyone who is planning on storing up fish antibiotics to use needs to do proper research, and it wouldn’t help to discuss your findings with a medical professional.

In an article on Survival Blog, the contributing author, who happens to be a doctor was able to purchase the below fish antibiotics online without any demand for medical license or prescription.  A paraphrase of the article and a list of the drugs are listed below. They are:
•FISH-MOX (amoxicillin 250 mg)
•FISH_MOX FORTE (amoxicillin 500 mg)
•FISH-CILLIN (ampicillin 250 mg)
•FISH-FLEX Keflex 250 mg)
•FISH-FLEX FORTE (Keflex 500 mg)
•FISH-ZOLE (metronidazole 250 mg)
•FISH-PEN (penicillin 250 mg)
•FISH-PEN FORTE (penicillin 500 mg)
•FISH-CYCLINE (tetracycline 250 mg)

NOTE: It should be emphasized that FISH-CYCLINE [and other tetracycline antibiotics of various names] can become toxic after its expiration date, unlike most of the other medications listed.

These medications are available usually in plastic bottles of 100 tablets for much less than the same prescription medication at the pharmacy (some come in bottles of 30 tablets). The dosages are similar to that used in humans, and are taken two to four times a day, depending on the drug. The 500mg dosage is probably more effective in larger individuals. Of course, anyone could be allergic to one or another of these antibiotics, but not all of them. (Note that there is a 10% cross-reactivity between “-cillin” drugs and Keflex, meaning that, if you are allergic to Penicillin, you could also be allergic to Keflex). FISH-ZOLE is an antibiotic that also kills some protozoa that cause dysentery.

Antibiotics are an essential preparedness item to have on hand for extended disasters, however, they should be taken when they are needed to most. Understanding the differences between the different antibiotic families, knowing the effects they can have on the body as well as knowing which antibiotics would be best for specific medical conditions will help you make the right choice when comes to buying them.


Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years.

If any of you have purchased antibiotics for your long-term medical supplies, you know that these are considered prepper gold. Having this medicine on hand in extended emergencies can help prevent infections or