Today herbs are so pervasive that we take them for granted and barely give them a thought except when cooking or gardening-in contrast to the past when people had a more intimate relationship with the plants around them. Alternative medicine has rediscovered some of the skills of phytotherapy and the ancient pedigree of medicinal healing herbs.
An important Medicinal Herb to become familiar with is Echinacea. Echinacea is used for strenthening the bodies immune system against cold viruses, bacteria and germs. Medical Literature has shown that Echinacea root extract increases a chemical in the body called Properdin. Properdin activates the part of the immune system responsible for defense mechanisms against viruses and bacteria. It possesses powerful antiviral activity against influenza, herpes, and other viruses.
This is a very important Herb to include in your food preparations. Medicinal Herbs can heal the body when used with talent and skill. It is important to become familiar with the types of Herbs that will grow in your region of the country. This should be a high priority on your survival preparation list.
Start educating yourself on the following preparation techniques:
Preparing Herbal Teas
How to prepare a Herbal Poultice
How to prepare a Herbal Fomentation
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