Natures cures, the doctor in your back garden

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We take a look at the free medicine nature provides, and how even how some of the prescribed drugs of today found their beginnings with nature.

In days of old, when knights were bold we had no doctors our hands to hold

Before man got the idea that he could make money out of peoples ills, leading to the giant pharmaceutical conglomerates we have today, he turned to nature for his medications, the roots and flowers of many of the countryside plants were used to treat all sorts of ailments, the plants often had names reflecting their medicinal properties such as Kint-Bone and Chase-devil, even today some of the most well known drugs we use, all found their roots from nature (Excuse the pun)

I thought you could listen to this as you read my article

Take the humble but unbelievable useful

  • Aspirin

One of the first commercial drugs to come into common usage, it still remains one of the mostly widely used drugs in the world, its development came from a natural source, its main active ingredient is salicylic acid, this can be found in plant extracts including willow bark and spiraea.
This extract has been known for many years to help in alleviating. headaches, pains and fevers. In fact Hippocrates, the daddy of modern medicine (This is where we get the name (Hippocratic oath) described in his records the use of powder made from the bark and leaves of the willow tree to help pain, and that was sometime between 460 BC and 377 BC

It was only when man realized that money could be made out making drugs did the whole thing change, some of the drugs produced today are very effective, modern chemistry has more than overtaken natures cures.

The Bog-bean

However I would like to concentrate on some of her natural cures, so read on to see what she can supply.

  • The bogbean

Its name derives from where its found, in the bogs and marshes of Asia, Europe, and North America , its aromatic leaves look similar to the bean plant hence Bog-Bean. These can be made into a tea and is used to treat scurvy, rheumatism and skin diseases, it was also used to flavour beer and herbal tobacco .

  • Next we have The European white water-lily.

Found all over Europe and in parts of North Africa and the Middle East in freshwater, this beautiful flower contains an active alkaloid nupharine and nymphaeine the roots of this plant are dried and powdered to treat diarrhoea and dysentery, however the flower petals and and other parts are the most potent, when crushed and mixed with wine ( the alcohol is used to extract the active alkaloids) it can be a very powerful aphrodisiac, the leaves and roots can also be made into a poultice to help relieve boils, tumours and ulcers.

  • Lets move on to The common Valerian.

Native to Europe and parts of Asia, it has also been introduced into North America. This sweet smelling flower was use a good deal in the sixteenth century in the production of perfume, the juice from the root has a very calming effect and so is very effective in treating shock and insomnia, Velerian was used as a medicinal herb in ancient Greece.

Take comfort from Comfrey

  • Comfrey

One of the most well known herbs found on river banks and ditches all over Ireland and Britain this delicate pinky violet flower, apart from being a very important herb in organic gardening, it has many medicinal uses, also know as knitbone this name reflect its use as a help in healing bone fractures, modern science confirms that comfrey can influence the course of bone ailments, although it is also noticed that must be used with care as it can cause liver toxicity.

Comfrey contains contains allantoin this is a cell that can increase replacement of body cells, great caution should be used with this herb and should never be taken by mouth.

  • St. John's Wort.

Also know as Chase-devil because of its antidepressant properties in fact this is one of the many alternative medications that is widely recognized, the The Cochrane Library, a collection of databases in medicine states.

“The available evidence suggests that the Hypericum (St. john's wort) extracts tested in the included trials a) are superior to placebo in patients with major depression; b) are similarly effective as standard antidepressants; and c) have fewer side-effects than standard antidepressants.
There are two issues that complicate the interpretation of our findings:
1) While the influence of precision on study results in placebo-controlled trials is less pronounced in this updated version of our review compared to the previous version (Linde 2005a), results from more precise trials still show smaller effects over placebo than less precise trials.
2) Results from German-language countries are considerably more favourable for hypericum than trials from other countries”

Evening Primrose


  • The Evening Primrose
  • Native to North and South America is considered to be effective in healing asthma, whooping cough and some gastrointestinal disorders, its roots can be eaten as a vegetable, the shoots can be added to salads, and an infusion of the whole plant can be used as a sedative.

    The seeds when made into an oil contains around 70% linoleic acid and is used as a treatment for reducing premenstrual pain, caution should be used as a side effect could be itching, sore throat and severe or extreme gassiness.

    The majority of treatments in traditional Chinese medicine is based on herbal therapy
    We can learn a lot from mother nature there are many so more cures that she supply’s including

  • Ginseng, Ginger, Cinnamon, Licorice, Wolfberry, Peony, Cannabis, Rhododendron

the list is far to many for me to mention here, these are just a few of them, man is constantly learning from Nature.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Hey thanks for including the pictures of the Bog Bean. I am sure that is a plant that we found growing on a small part of our property before and had no idea what it was.

To all wikinut writers, please note Johnny's tips. I want to add that it is very important to read the notes moderators sometimes send back when we publish, or reject your article. You can learn alot by reading them.
Tags is one thing I see a lot of people missing. Tags are important to getting views from search engines, be sure to always have at least 6 tags.

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author avatar johnnydod
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Mark, yes Tags are very important, our role as moderators is to help other writers improve and to make this Wikinut not just great, but the best.

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author avatar Buzz
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Johnny, unquestionably a page of great standing like this from your writing expertise and experience. Thanks for the guidance and tips.

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author avatar johnnydod
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Cheers Buzz I have to say your last article "Amala And Kamala, Feral Children" is Just the sort of thing we want on Wikinut.
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Follow this link to read it

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author avatar Buzz
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks, Johnny.

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author avatar Retired
21st Aug 2011 (#)

As a Naturalist myself, I prefer using natural products,leaves and roots of plants myself.
Each of Nature's Natural products have their properties that weep through their essences to give out some of the best cures that are yet to be discovered by human kind, although animals and natural dwellers do use the same.
Even Primrose is also has properties that condition and moisturise the skin to keep it looking young and supple and is used sometimes as a base for make up removers and cleansers.
I do use Chinese herbs which are well known for various natural cures including weight loss, gas, detox amongst other things and the result is seen in the people who look timeless despite the age.
Good one Johnny, Going Natural is best as many things including paper stems from products which are found in Nature only to be recycled into modern day cures.
Sometimes headaches are best cured by sleeping through it (excuse the pun)

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author avatar johnnydod
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Good to hear it Alyanna, anyone else got some natural cures?

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author avatar Delicia Powers
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Wonderful, enjoyed the music... very soothing, my Mom always said nature always gives us a cure for all our ills if we only had the wisdom to know where to find it...enjoy your article and the wisdom thank you johnnydod:0)

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author avatar johnnydod
21st Aug 2011 (#)

I'm so glad you listened to the music Delicia I spent hours finding just the right sounds

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author avatar Sheila Newton
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Well, I'm listening, reading - and staring at the magic images. What a great experience. Thank you so much for this, Johnny.

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author avatar johnnydod
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Your so very welcome Sheila

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author avatar Retired
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Very informative...thanks for sharing...

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author avatar johnnydod
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Starrleena

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

informative share Johnny!

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author avatar johnnydod
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks Geeta

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author avatar Pink&Blue
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

I listened to the video whilst reading your article. A very mesmerizing experience. Great share johnnydod.

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author avatar johnnydod
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

That is just the effect I wanted Crystal, gland you enjoyed it

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author avatar Robb714
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Being one that does not take drugs and agreeing with you about big pharma, I found your images and video to be very soothing, thanks for this J. It's one of my favs now.

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author avatar johnnydod
23rd Aug 2011 (#)

That's an honour Robb

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Aug 2011 (#)

Great information on herbs Johnny. You do it like no other. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar johnnydod
23rd Aug 2011 (#)

Denise your one in a million

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
23rd Aug 2011 (#)

This was an excellent article, Johnny! I take herbal hikes with a local herbalist and learn how to make medicine from wild medicinal herbs right on the spot. It is so much fun! A very enjoyable page....Thank you.

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author avatar johnnydod
24th Aug 2011 (#)

Love it Carol

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author avatar MAnature
24th Aug 2011 (#)

I am a big user of the herbal remedies, I love the photos and the music video was soothing. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. :)

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author avatar MAnature
24th Aug 2011 (#)

I loved the cartoon too , cute!

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author avatar johnnydod
24th Aug 2011 (#)

Cheers

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author avatar Songbird B
24th Aug 2011 (#)

What a great article, a real pleasure to read..loved the video link too..

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author avatar johnnydod
24th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks Bev

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author avatar Teila
1st Oct 2011 (#)

Very cool!

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