Survival Doc Says
Respiratory System Pointers for Preppers
Don't Forget to Stockpile Sunshine!
In lesson 11, I discussed a few herbs that are beneficial for the respiratory system. My favorite herb for the respiratory system is elderberry.
In addition to its many health benefits, garlic is a good condiment and is useful in food preservation, particularly in preserving and prolonging the shelf life of dried meat.
In lesson 10, I also included a video on echinacea. This important herb can be grown just about anywhere. It self propagates and serves as an attractive ornamental flower as well. The two-year or older root is the most beneficial part of the plant, harvested in the Fall. (See video for more about echinacea.)
Echinacea purpurea or Purple coneflower, pictured above, was widely used by the Plains Indians of North America, and was adopted by American settlers. It is one of the most useful herbs because it does more than nourish the immune system. And being native to North America, it is easy to grow here. No survivalist's garden should be without it!
Golden Seal (Hydrastis canadensis), also native to North America growing in the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding areas, was used by the Cherokee Indians. Like echinacea, the root is the most beneficial part. Golden Seal was once widely available in the wild, but because it is so useful it has been overharvested and is now mostly available through commercial cultivation. Because demand for the herb is high and supplies are low, golden seal is one of the most expensive herbs on the market, and also one of the most counterfeited. (Unless you buy from a reputable company like Nature's Sunshine, you are not guaranteed of getting the real thing.) I recommend you grow your own!
Start using these herbs, buying them commercially, to find out which will be your favorites, and then begin growing your own. At the same time you can discover which herbs grow wild in your area and learn how to identify, harvest and use these. This is a common theme throughout all the lessons of Natural Health School. As you can imagine, you have a huge learning curve ahead of you, so you must get to work now, before the collapse!
Note: Herb powders, capsules and tablets have a 5 year recommended shelf life while liquids have a 2 year recommended shelf life.
(Note: The "Survival Doc Says" supplements are under construction and are not yet available for all lessons. I will add them as they are completed.)
Where to Next?
Complete the Self Evaluation for Lesson 11, or
Go to the Home Page and Click on Lesson 12.