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Wild Native Herbs of Missouri

True healing can only be found in nature. Mother Earth provides EVERYTHING that we could ever need, it’s all there. When we take the time to tune out of the distractions of our fast-paced lives and look inside of ourselves, we learn what our bodies and minds truly need. And the earth is always willing to help us. When I feel down or confused, I go outside and sit underneath a big Oak tree and quiet my mind. The tree tells me what to do, to be still, to grow, to breathe, and to live. The tree tells me that everything is here. Underground. In the air. The tree tells me to find guidance in the plants sometimes.

There are so many amazing, healing plants that grace us in Missouri! Some folks find them annoying and consider them “weeds”, but to me there are no weeds. There is a purpose for every plant, even if we don’t know what it is… So let’s get to know some of these amazing herbs that we can probably find in our own backyard!

Dandelion

This is one we have probably all met before. She shines a beautiful yellow light when she is in bloom, and then turns to a white puff that flies to the sky and spreads more dandelions here and there and everywhere.

  • roots and leaves are potent healers
  • a mild diuretic that contains potassium
  • stimulates and aids our liver to eliminate toxins in our blood
  • known to cure hepatitis
  • leaves are wonderful in salads and full of nutrients
  • flowers may be used to make dandelion wine

Mullein

These plants are super fuzzy and known to some as “cowboy toilet paper” because they’re soft on your hind side! 🙂 I love using them in cough remedies and bronchial teas.

  • leaves and flowers are used
  • effective treatment for asthma
  • oil is used as a remedy for ear infections
  • great for colds and bronchial spasms

Wild Carrot / Queen Anne’s Lace

These beautiful frilly plants smell just like carrots! That’s how you can be sure it’s a wild carrot. 🙂

  • leaves, seeds, and flowers are used
  • great for urinary system
  • juice is good for kidney complaints
  • regulates fertility – can be used as contraceptive after intercourse

Milk Thistle

These are spiky ones so wear gloves when harvesting. They are extremely powerful to the liver, kidneys, and blood. My mom has used it to effectively treat her liver cirrhosis.

  • seeds are used
  • regenerates liver cells
  • stimulates bile flow
  • antidepressant
  • can be used for spleen problems, jaundice, and gallstones

Passionflower

I love seeing these grow down the hill where I live. They are so beautiful when they are in flower, and you can eat the amazing fruits!

  • leaves and flowers are used medicinally
  • nervine  – used in neurological problems like Parkinson’s, epilepsy, anxiety, hypertension, etc.
  • said to be aphrodisiac in large quantities
  • improves circulation and nutrition to nerves

Nettle

Another prickly one, use gloves to harvest! Do not eat this plant uncooked… it will prick you from the inside out, not good.

  • whole plant is used
  • used to stop bleeding
  • treatment for gout
  • helps increase aromatic oil content of other herbs
  • promotes milk production in humans and animals

Red Clover

We have some red clover growing HUGE in our garden. It is so beautiful when it begins to flower, and the roots are great for the soil because they produce nitrogen!

  • flowers, leaves, and blossoms used
  • natural blood thinner
  • excellent blood purifier
  • cleanses and soothes bronchial nerves
  • used in the treatment in of cancer

Plantain

This herb grows all over the US and has been used historically to remedy snake bites by Native Americans.

  • leaves and seeds are used
  • diuretic
  • tea is excellent for diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and ulcers
  • urinary tract infections
  • used for skin wounds, poison ivy, bug bites
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Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

Are you feeling the winter blues this season and want to kick that cold fast? Put down that bottle of Nyquil and relieve it naturally! The best way to get rid of a cold really fast, is to catch it at the onset. If you are feeling slightly congested or have a sinus headache coming on, knock it down right away with these awesome remedies…

1 // LOTS of Vitamin C! Vitamin C will boost your immune system to prevent or fight off the pesky cold. I see lots of people taking vitamin supplements, but getting Vitamin C from a whole food will give you a greater effect. Some wonderful sources of vitamin C include ascerola cherries, rose hips, and of course the popular citrus fruits. I like to squeeze a half lemon into a glass of water and I also love my rose hips tincture!

2 // Plenty of Water is a must. It is very important to stay hydrated so your body can be energized and heal quickly

3 // Garlic has the amazing power to fight the infection that causes the cold. It’s most effective to eat RAW, whole garlic cloves. You can chop them up and put it in a salad or just take a small clove, smash it, and swallow it whole.. no need to chew.

4 // Elderberries are truly wonderful! I have made fresh elderberry cough syrup in the past that has helped my mom get over her bronchitis in just 2 days! You can buy elderberry syrup, elderberry extract, or elderberry capsules from most health or natural food stores.

5 // Mullein is a bountiful wild herb here in Missouri that many would call a weed. Mullein is known as an expectorant and it’s one of the first herbs I think of for a common cold. It helps relieve congestion and clear your lungs so it will help get rid of the cough.

6 // Echinacea is well known for it’s ability to boost your immune system.

7 // Plantain is another expectorant that can help soothe a cough.

8 // Raw Local Honey is delicious and oh so good for you! It is chock full of vitamins and minerals that everyone needs, and when you get LOCAL honey it’s like taking a little vaccination against common allergens in the area that you live in.

9 // Thieves Oil is a very powerful essential oil that was created during the days of the Black Plague by thieves who would go into the homes of people afflicted by the plague. They would douse themselves in it to protect themselves from the wildly infectious disease and many came out totally unharmed! It is amazing at killing bacteria and viruses. You can pick some up at the health food store or online. Put some in a diffuser or rub it into your chest.

These are all the remedies I use. Please feel free to comment if you have any tried and true remedies to share with us! And stay tuned for upcoming articles on herbs and natural healing.