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Seven of the Most Powerful Medicinal Plants

Christine S.

Dec. 31, 2014


"Anyone who has studied plants will not be surprising to learn that the majority of prescription drugs today owe their medicinal powers to some form of plant derivative. For most of human history, plants have been a sort of public pharmacy for people all over the world. Below are seven of the most powerful medicinal plants, along with a description of some of their healing properties.






Most people will be surprised to learn that up until the 1970’s, cannabis was legal in most of the United States – and it seems to be headed towards legality again. Studies have shown that use of this plant can help with conditions as diverse as depression and anxiety, high blood pressure, pain and even glaucoma.

Lady Fern

When crushed and applied to the skin, the juice from lady ferns is good for easing stings and insect bites as well as minor cuts and burns. Bracken, a much larger cousin of the lady fern, can achieve the same results for irritated skin.


Used in Europe as least as far back as medieval times, tansy is an old-world remedy and general tonic. It can also be applied topically as a natural insect repellent or taken internal as a treatment for worms.


Forms of mint have been used by peoples all over the world for much the same conditions, including nausea, upset stomach and other digestive problems and to help with headaches, nervousness and fatigue.


Known as “The Father of All Plants”, alfalfa can grow several feet tall and brings many health benefits. It is loaded with antioxidants and is an old-time treatment for ailments like morning sickness, nausea, kidney stones, and urinary discomfort.


It’s not just for stuffing anymore! This aromatic herb is loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. It can improve digestion which soothing muscle cramps, calming down bouts of diarrhea and can also help fight off colds and flus.

Red Clover

Red clover can be brewed into a tea which is great for settling down coughs and other symptoms of the common cold. It can also help detoxify the blood and make it easier for the body to rid itself of unwanted or harmful substances. In addition to this, it is also a traditional “women’s herb” to balance the hormones, especially for women going through menopause.


These are just a few of the thousands of plants from all over the world that have been used from time immemorial for their healing properties. They have treated nearly every ailment that can plague the human body, from digestive problems to diabetes to cancer, and it is no surprise that more and more people are turning back to this age-old natural treatments to restore their health and well-being."



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10 Most useful plants that can be found in the wild

10. Cattails


These tall grasses can be found throughout the world and are some of the most useful plants in the wild. In fact, some people even refer to the cattail as the “Wal-Mart of the swamp.”

In the early spring, the plant’s roots can be eaten, and in the late spring and early summer, foragers can peel back the plant’s leaves to reveal the flower spikes, which can be eaten raw or cooked and have a taste similar to corn. Cattail pollen can also be collected from the seed head and substituted for flour.


9. Yarrow


This flowering herb grows throughout North America and is typically found in fields and meadows. The plant grows 1 to 3 feet tall and has white, umbrella-like clusters of flowers at the top of its stalks. Yarrow’s leaves can be applied to bleeding wounds to stimulate clotting, and drinking a tea from its flowers can be a remedy for a variety of ailments including colds, flu, headaches, diarrhea and stomach ulcers.


8. Mullein


Mullein grows in every U.S. state and can often be found along roadsides and in fields and meadows. This plant can grow more than 6 feet high, and it’s recognizable by its large, hairy leaves and stalk of yellow flowers. The entire plant is covered in fine, downy hairs, and mullein’s big, soft leaves are a good substitute for toilet paper. In fact, it’s often called “cowboy toilet paper.” Tea made from mullein leaves can be used to treat coughs, sore throats and bronchitis, and a few drops of oil from the plant’s flowers can be used to relieve pain from earaches.


7. Rose hips


The fruits of the rose plant are typically reddish orange and form in the spring and ripen by late summer or early fall. Rose hips can be found growing on various species of wild roses throughout the U.S. and will cling to the plant throughout winter. These fruits are an excellent source of vitamins C, A and E, and wild rose hips can be eaten or made into a tea to treat colds and sore throats. Rose hips also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and are useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis.


6. Cedar trees


Cedars are evergreen trees that can reach heights of 50 feet, and their foliage is needle-shaped. Unlike the long needles of pine trees, cedar foliage is short, soft and resembles ferns. The bark of the tree is thin and brownish red in color, and it can easily be peeled off in thin strips. Cedar has natural anti-fungal properties, and a tea made from its leaves can be used to soak feet afflicted with athlete’s foot or nail fungus. Cedar chips can also be used to repel moths, ants and other insects.


5. Nettles


Various species of nettle grow throughout North America, and they all offer a wealth of medicinal benefits. Look for weeds growing 12 to 50 inches tall that are covered in hairs and have small green clusters of flowers. Collect these plants with care because of their stinging hairs, and boil the stems, leaves and roots to make a tea. Nettle tea can be used to treat congestion, stomach aches and diarrhea, and a decoration of nettle leaves can be used to clean infected wounds.


4. Dogwood trees


Dogwoods are flowering deciduous trees that can be identified by their “scaly” bark, pink or white flowers, and opposite leaves. A tea made from the bark and leaves of the tree can reduce fever and chills, and the tree’s branches can also be used as makeshift toothbrushes. Native Americans would chew on dogwood twigs to clean and whiten their teeth, and you can do the same if you’re in need of some dental care in the wild. Simply cut a fresh dogwood twig about an eighth of an inch wide and four inches long, and then peel the bark back on one end. As you gnaw on the twig, the end will soften and its fibers will separate, creating a brush that can clean between teeth and massage your gums.


3. Wild comfrey


Found in North-east North America along streams, lakes and other bodies of water, wild comfrey is a coarse, hairy plant with pointed leaves and white or purple bell-shaped flowers. A tea made from the plant’s leaves can be applied to stings, insect bites, burns and wounds to relieve pain and fight inflammation, BUT DO NOT DRINK THE TEA because it may be carcinogenic.


2. Horsetail


Horesetail inhabits areas close to rivers and streams throughout North America and can grow up to a foot tall. Look for bright green leafless, tubular stems that grow to a point, and collect the entire plant. Chop and boil the plant and apply the decoction to wounds to decrease bleeding and speed healing. You can also drink horsetail tea to ease stomach aches and treat kidney problems, and the plant can even be used as a natural toothbrush in a pinch.


1. Walnut trees


Several species of walnut tree are found in America, but they do much more than just provide a healthy snack. These deciduous trees can reach heights of 100 feet and have compound leaves and nuts that grow in singles or pairs. Walnut leaves can be brewed to make a tea that treats constipation and diarrhea, and the bark can be chewed to ease toothaches; however, pregnant women shouldn’t ingest decoctions made from walnut trees.



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The Edgar Cayce readings recommend Mullien tea and poultices for various ailments. Specifically for varicose veins. Apply a poultice made from steeping the herb in hot water and packing over the damaged veins.

I'll add one to the list. Chamomile. This is a wonderful little flower for digestive ailments. Next to Cannabis, it is one of the best natural remedy for my Crohn's disease. Steep the flowers in hot water for 10 minutes and drink. Very pleasant apple flavour.

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Re: Mullien

The Edgar Cayce readings recommend Mullien tea and poultices for various ailments. Specifically for varicose veins. Apply a poultice made from steeping the herb in hot water and packing over the damaged veins.

I'll add one to the list. Chamomile. This is a wonderful little flower for digestive ailments. Next to Cannabis, it is one of the best natural remedy for my Crohn's disease. Steep the flowers in hot water for 10 minutes and drink. Very pleasant apple flavour.


Chamomile is also great on outbreaks infections 'its got antihistamine  which keeps nasty effects from allergies or other things that are not compatible  with one 

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usnea….this is my go to plant. it is antimicrobial. use as tea for gen tonic, colds, flu etc…direct apply ( dry or wet) to fresh / or infected wounds…blood staunch if bleeding… i call it "mothers hair" and gather after storms or any winds during my prayer walks. she is a great gift and underutilized.



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Meet the The Mushroom Of Immortality & The King of All Herbs


Something else we need to add to our tool kit.  It is pretty impressive although we would love to identify a condition which it completely kills.  Yet much of our herbivorium is also just like that.  It is certainly a useful tonic at least.


Rather interesting though is that the beverage actually tastes good - sort of like a vanilla tea.   Thus it needs to be more in use as we all have little expectation of herbal tastes.  This at least will likely stay on the shelf.


I notice it helps those with some form of bowel disease and as there is scant succor for most, i am drawing attention to it.




Chaga is a non-toxic fungal parasite that grows on birch trees (as well as a few other types) in Northern climates. It is far from your typical soft and squishy mushroom, it actually looks and feels like burnt wood or charcoal. Chaga is known by the Siberians as the “Gift From God” and the “Mushroom of Immortality.” The Japanese call it “The Diamond of the Forest,” and the Chinese refer to it as the “King of Plants.” The Chinese also regard it as an amazing factor in achieving longevity. Chaga does grow in North America, but most Americans have no clue of its existence, let alone amazing healing properties, which will be listed below.

This mushroom of immortality is said to have the highest level of anti-oxidants of any food in the world and also, the highest level of superoxide dismutase (one of the body’s primary internal anti-oxidant defenses) that can be detected in any food or herb.




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Rhodiola Rosea is a wonder herb used for thousands of years , Rejuvenate mind,max physical performance,safeguard your heart,lift a blue or anxious mood,fight back against fatigue,restore hormonal balance, enhance your sexual vitality! jump-start your disease defenses,drop excess pounds. Chaga the burnt fungus makes a wounderfull tea, This recipe courtesy of Sherri Anderson cree healer form dust first nation. remove inner orange-brown layers cut, shredding , crumbling, 1 tbls for 3 litres boiling water Let soak for 4 hrs. save the wet powder, pour cup heated water 50C over powder and leave at room temp. for 2 days;  drink up to 3 cups daily.

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Going to park this article here.  Thank you DAR for posting it in  the shout box.  I believe it interesting enough to go on this thread, no matter when it was written.


Soma revealed

Chris Bennett

January 12, 2004





"The identity of the ancient plant known as Soma is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the field of religious history. Common in the religious lore of both ancient India and Persia, the sacred Soma plant was considered a God. When Soma was pressed and made into a drink, the ancient worshipper who imbibed it gained the powerful attributes of this God.

The origins of Soma go back into the shadowy time of prehistory ? back to the common Aryan ancestors of both the Vedic Hindu religion of India and the Persian religion of Mazdaism. This common ancestry accounts for the many similarities in the Hindu and Mazdean religions and language, as can be seen in surviving religious texts such as the Hindu Rig Veda and the Persian Avesta. A major connection is their use of a sacred plant, known in India as Soma, and in Persia as Haoma.
From ancient descriptions, the original Soma/Haoma must have been a very special plant. The qualities of this sacred herb are given in poetic detail, and the love and admiration these ancient authors had for the plant can still be felt thousands of years after the texts were composed.
In a spirit similar to that of the Catholic Eucharists, Soma was prepared in a sacred ritual, and then bestowed upon the pious to give them spiritual inspiration, wisdom, courage, health, and other benefits.
In the 1921 Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, the effects of consuming Soma are described as follows:
“In such a state, the devotee becomes as powerful as an independent monarch, and is able to withstand many dangers coming from ill-disposed persons. Heaven, health, long life, power to contend against evils, victory against enemies, and fore-warnings against coming dangers from thieves, murderers, and plunderers are the six gifts bestowed by Haoma when adequately praised and prepared. Haoma is specially sought for by young maidens in search of good husbands, by married women desirous of being mothers, and by students striving after knowledge.”
Over the millennia, the original identity of Soma/Haoma has been lost. Although modern descendants of these ancient cults still perform the rituals of their ancestors, placebo sacraments are now used in place of the long lost Soma.
The plant which was the original source of Soma is a mystery that has been debated by scholars and theologians for centuries."
Mushroom theories
The descriptions and praises of the plant left to us by antiquity have led numerous scholars to speculate on the botanical identity of the original plant. The late psychedelic guru Terrence McKenna put forth the stropharia cubensis mushroom as a likely candidate for the mysterious entheogen. Other suggestions have included Syrian Rue, milkweed, sarcostemma acidum, ephedra distachya, mandrake, rhubarb, ginseng, opium and even the old standby of an alcoholic beverage. The amanita muscaria mushroom and cannabis have also been suggested.
As the editors of the authoritative Encyclopedia Britannica have recorded on the subject:
“One of the pharmacological mysteries is the nature of Zoroastrian Haoma and the early Hindu Soma, both sacred drinks made from plants. Their source may have been the amanita muscaria mushroom, the mind-affecting chemicals of which pass into the urine with their properties very little diminished; there are scriptural references to sacred urine drunk as the source of divine insights. Allusions to twigs and branches of Haoma, however, suggest other plants, perhaps hemp. The mushroom, which does not grow in hot countries, may have been introduced to India, by Aryan invaders from the north; subsequently, other plants may have been substituted until their identity was confused and lost.”1
Undoubtedly, the most popular candidate for this long lost entheogen has been the amanita muscaria mushroom, also known as “fly-agaric.”
The amanita theory was first proposed by banker and mycologist Gordon Wasson, and his theory has been widely accepted by a number of other prominent scholars.
Wasson based some of his theory upon a reference in the Hindu text of the Mahabharata, when the god Indra gives the hero Uttanka ambrosia to drink, in the form of urine. Wasson believed that this was actually a reference to the practice of drinking a priest’s urine after he had consumed amanita muscaria mushrooms, for the mushroom’s hallucinogenic effects would remain in the urine of the consumer.
In his colorful and nicely-bound edition Strange Fruit, Clark Heinrich notes that “Soma was always described as growing in the mountains, which in India is the only place fly agaric is found, growing in pine and birch forests.”
Heinrich also suggested that sun-dried mushrooms were left to soak in water, and then “milked” of their psychoactive juices in a preparation sounding very similar to that described in the ancient texts.
Sanctify Soma our mind, our heart, our intellect; and may thy worshippers delight in thy friendship, like cattle in fresh pasture, in thine exhilaration (produced) by the sacrificial food; for thou art mighty.
Like the winds violently shaking the trees, the draughts of Soma have lifted me up, for I have often drunk of the Soma.
The praise of the pious has come to me like a lowing cow to her beloved calf, for I have often drunk of the Soma.
Both heaven and earth are not equal to one half of me, for I have often drunk of the Soma.
I am the sun, the greatest of the great, raised to the firmament; for I have often drunk of the Soma.
? Excerpts from the Rig Veda"
This is a really long article, but well worth the read
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Magic Mushrooms Treat Severe Depression in Scientific Trial  

September 6, 2016


At Imperial College London scientists gave 12 people high doses of psilocybin. Going into the experiment, all of the volunteers were severely depressed and were considered untreatable. A week after the experiment, however, all of the volunteers were depression free.



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Scientists Identify 28,000 Medicinal Plants That Treat Ailments from Cancer to Diabetes

May 19, 2017

Written by Carey Wedler

Source:   http://theantimedia.org/scientists-28k-medicinal-plants/


(ANTIMEDIA) In recent years, the term “plant medicine” has come to be associated with psychedelics like mushrooms and ayahuasca, which are increasingly documented to provide mental and emotional relief to users. But according to a recent analysis from Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom, there are over 28,000 other plants currently being used as medicine throughout the world.

The second annual report from Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, located in London, is the result of the research and analysis of 128 scientists from 12 countries around across the globe.

According to their findings, there are 28,187 plants “currently recorded as being of medicinal use.

In many regions of the world, people still rely on traditional plant-based medicines for their primary healthcare. This is especially true for many rural communities in Africa, parts of Asia, and Central and South America, where plants and knowledge of their traditional use are accessible and affordable. In other countries, many of these traditional plant-based medicines are being integrated through regulations into mainstream health systems.”

Though plant medicines are making their way into the mainstream, the researchers note that currently, just “16% (4,478) of the species used in plant-based medicines are cited in a medicinal regulatory publication.” Even so, they note data on drugs approved by the FDA and similar agencies:

Since 1981, 1,130 new therapeutic agents have been approved for use as pharmaceutical drugs, of which 593 are based on compounds from natural sources. Thirty-eight are derived from medicinal plants. Fifteen of the 56 natural drugs registered for the treatment of cancer since 1980 are derived from medicinal plants with a long history of traditional use.”

They note, for example, that “The anti-cancerous drugs vincristine and vinblastine are derived from the Madagascar periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus in the Apocynaceae family.”


For example drugs based on Paclitaxel have been isolated from the yew tree (Taxus spp.), Camptothecin from the happy tree, (Camptotheca acuminata) and Podophyllotoxin from the May apple (Podophyllum hexandrum and P. peltatum).”

Further, researchers have discovered over 1,000 species of beneficial plants since their survey last year. As Yahoo News summarized, “new plants discovered over the past year include nine species of a climbing vine used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

The report said two plants, artemisinin and quinine, are ‘among the most important weapons’ against malaria, which killed over 400,000 people in 2015,” Yahoo summarized.

According to Monique Simmonds, deputy director of science at Kew, “The report is highlighting the huge potential that there is for plants, in areas like diabetes and malaria,” Yahoo reported. “One study documents 656 flowering plant species used traditionally for diabetes, representing 437 genera and 111 families,” the report explains.

It also points out that of “only five drugs developed specifically for the symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, two are derived from plants.”

Some particularly powerful species of plants include Fabaceae (pea and bean), Lamiaceae (mint), Euphorbiaceae (spurge), Apocynaceae (dogbane), Malvaceae (mallow), Apiaceae (parsley or carrot), and Ranunculaceae (buttercup). Their key classes of compounds are alkaloids (Fabaceae), terpenes (Lamiaceae),  diterpenoids (Euphorbiaceae), cardiac-glycosides (Apocynaceae), organic acids (Malvaceae), coumarins (Apiaceae), and alkaloids (Ranunculaceae). Another highly useful plant documented in the report is Moraceae, which is used in the treatment of diabetes.

Though their report offers great promise, they highlight some pitfalls. Stressing that correct labeling of plant medicines is vital, they explain:

Product labeling is frequently misleading, with the trade name ‘ginseng’, for example, referring to 15 different species of plant, each with its own particular chemistry and therapeutic properties[10]. Substitution by a Belgian clinic of one Chinese medicinal herb (‘Fang Ji’) with another sharing the same name, led to over 100 patients requiring kidney dialysis for the remainder of their lives.”

They also point out the threat to the plants themselves.

Increasing demand for herbal medicines (particularly for species covered by pharmacopoeias) threatens wild populations of many of these plants,” they note, adding that “ the focus of world trade on relatively few species of medicinal plants leads to sustainability and conservation issues, which ultimately lead to other plants being substituted, with potential risks to human health.”

They advocate more precise scientific labeling of plants and more “clarity on which plants have or have not been studied in drug discovery programmes.”

Such approaches,” they contend, “will be hugely important in improving our ability to realise current and future medicinal benefits from plants.”

As pharmaceutical drugs continue to wreak hazardous consequences, the healing power of natural plants appears to hold great promise for humans seeking treatment without the chemical side effects of current popular medicines.


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