They learned how medicinal plants could heal.
I was taught to use the aloe vera thick gel for burns.
I was told by my mom to use catnip tea for colic. It worked wonders with my second baby. After drinking from a bottle filled with warm catnip tea - sweetened with a little Karo syrup, he went right to sleep.
Here is a site that tells you about 18 of nature's most powerful medicinal plants. It even lists blackberries as one!
Recently I learned of the healing properties of plantain.
It is easily found growing along country roads.
Around the middle of June, my cousin Carmen, gave me a small jar of plantain salve she had made. Among other things, she said it was good for wrinkles.
Well, after a little research on the internet, I found out that it is also good for bites and infections and other such stuff. If you don't have the salve, you can crush up the plantain into a poultice and put it on the bite or sting and place a band aid around it.
I have had a growth on me for a few years that the doctor said was hereditary. It worried me because it was dark, raised and about the size of a dime. They wouldn't cut it off and told me not to worry about it. Well, of course, I worried about it.
I thought - why not? I started putting the plantain salve on it at night. It took a couple of months, but the growth is now gone!
It has made a believer out of me!
So, I decided to make some of my own salve. There are different ways to make it, but this is how I am making mine.
On my morning walk on Saturday, I took a bag and collected the leaves. I picked enough to fill a pint jar.
I rinsed them off and dried them thoroughly. You need to make sure they are good and dry.
Tear the leaves into pieces and stuff them tightly in the jar.
I filled the jar with coconut oil, completely covering the leaves.
Now the next thing you have to do is be patient. Wait for 2 weeks, rotating or rolling the jar occasionally. Strain the contents and put into small jars. (They say you can put a little vitamin E oil in it to help preserve it.) Store in the refrigerator.
This is the jar my cousin gave me.
There are different ways to make it. You can google plantain salve and a lot of different sites will come up telling you its benefits and how to make it.
In a few weeks I will give you an update on my magical salve.
I love it, it has made a believer out of me.