7 Plants for 7 Specific Problems

Explore the wonders of herbal medicines derived from plants found in the wild. This guide covers remedies for migraines, insect bites, and more!

| April 2019

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Editor's Note: Studies have shown that bracken fern contains ptaquiloside, a carcinogen.  

The plant descriptions that follow apply to their appearances in the growing season and fruit-setting season, spring through early fall. Except with evergreens, identifying plants in winter is a more advanced proposition and is presented separately in Chapter 11 of this book.

You should use discretion concerning the area from which you harvest. Do not use plants growing beside roads or near businesses with suspicious effluents or where poisons are sprayed. Wash plants thoroughly after harvesting. The plant-uses that follow should be undertaken with a plant identification book so that you can see related or look-alike plants that might be mistaken for the one you seek. A plant ID book is standard freight in the backpack of a student of survival.


1.) An Itch – In every plant class when I have led adults and/or children to jewelweed, I asked the group if anyone was currently suffering from a chigger or mosquito bite, poison ivy, or any kind of itch. In almost every case, someone raised a hand. After an introduction to the plant, the afflicted one applied jewelweed’s juices, and in every case the itching stopped immediately.

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