With an uncertain future ahead of us here in the United States, there is a lot to be said about emergency preparedness and being ready to deal with a wide range of circumstances. Many of the amenities that we have gotten used to may be non-existent or in very short supply, including a wide range of health aids and medications. However, you can easily turn a small garden space into a mini-pharmacy by planting the following:
- Aloe Vera – a medicinal plant that not only treats minor cuts and wounds, it can also reduce inflammation, soothe burns, and treat eczema.
- Chamomile – treats 100+ ailments including the common cold, common wounds, diarrhea, digestive problems, earache, eczema, gastrointestinal conditions, mucositis, shoulder pain, and toothaches.
- Echinacea – considered one of the most important medicinal herbs, Echinacea can provide allergy relief and treat burns, insect bites, sores, stings, wounds, and even snakebite.
- Ginseng – rather than targeting a specific ailment, ginseng promotes overall physical health while the root has proven to be effective for improving the immune system and stamina, reducing cholesterol levels, relaxing the nervous system, and treating loss of appetite and sleeping disorders.
- Great Burdock – can be used as a root vegetable but is also a blood purifier, diaphoretic, and diuretic.
- Great Yellow Gentian – a bitter herb that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, its main focus is the treatment of certain digestive issues, stimulating the gall bladder and liver, and strengthening the body.
- Peppermint – as one of the oldest medicinal plants on record (dates back to ancient times), it is Vitamin A and C rich, contains manganese, and reduces a number of symptoms such as fevers, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, and upset stomachs.
- Pot Marigold – helps to heal bites, insect stings, sore eyes, sprains, varicose veins, wounds or can be taken internally to treat fever and infections.
- Sage – although it is a cooking herb, sage is effective for treating insect bites as well as gum, mouth, and skin infections while also being helpful in the relief of depression, flatulence, indigestion, and even some problems associated with menopause.
- Tea Tree – the oil from this plant is a very common ingredient in OTC beauty and medicinal products and can treat acne, athlete’s foot, chronic fatigue syndrome, cold sores, insect bites, minor burns, thrush, vaginal infections, and warts.
In addition to the above, you will have to plan on having emergency food supplies. In most cases, you can purchase 6 months to a year supply of emergency food storage items.