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Natural Meds: Using What's Around You.

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    Natural Meds: Using What's Around You.

    Today the wife and I went on a "identifying trees in your region" walk the Oregon State University extension program was putting on locally.

    One of the tidbits we learned was that local Indians use to eat/drink the sap of Sugar Pines because of it's sweetness but had to watch out because it's a natural laxative.

    I thought to myself... now that I can ID a Sugar Pine and know this, I have a "skill" for making a laxative instead of needing to store up such, which has a short life span anyway.

    We are looking to take a medicinal plants course also, but I thought I would ask others to contribute to this thread stating medicinal uses for plants / trees.


    Please state the location you find these items and if you have used them yourself, scientific names as well as common names would be great also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K7JLJ View Post
    Today the wife and I went on a "identifying trees in your region" walk the Oregon State University extension program was putting on locally.

    One of the tidbits we learned was that local Indians use to eat/drink the sap of Sugar Pines because of it's sweetness but had to watch out because it's a natural laxative.

    I thought to myself... now that I can ID a Sugar Pine and know this, I have a "skill" for making a laxative instead of needing to store up such, which has a short life span anyway.
    I used to and still occasionally do volunteer with a naturalist group that would take people into the woods to learn different skills. One of the skills we teach is edible plant identification. You may want to look in your area and see if there is anyone that does the same. The guy that runs ours is an expert in identifying edible plants. He actually lives the life in a small cabin in the woods and eats wild plants for his daily meals.

    We are looking to take a medicinal plants course also, but I thought I would ask others to contribute to this thread stating medicinal uses for plants / trees.
    Please state the location you find these items and if you have used them yourself, scientific names as well as common names would be great also.
    Wow, scientific names! Now you're asking a lot.

    I'll contribute one of my favorites. Whenever I do a backpacking trip I always make some pine needle tea. Pine Needle Tea contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A. It is also an expectorant (thins mucus secretions), decongestant, and can be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled. Some also say it helps ease a sick stomach. So not only does it taste good, but it's good for you! As for where you can find it, almost anywhere.

    Scientific name: Pinus
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine

    *EDIT* WARNING FOR ALL READING THIS THREAD. When eating or using edible plants you must be 100% sure you have identified it correctly. A lot of plants have a very similar looking plant that can be dangerous if ingested. Some plants can make you very sick or kill you.
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    What I've been researching is using herbs for medicinal purposes. I'm in suburbia, not much forestation around here so I'll be growing my own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    *EDIT* WARNING FOR ALL READING THIS THREAD. When eating or using edible plants you must be 100% sure you have identified it correctly. A lot of plants have a very similar looking plant that can be dangerous if ingested. Some plants can make you very sick or kill you.
    Absolutely! This is why I have not messed with it just looking at books, to afraid of making a mistake. We are looking for a local resource to walk us through the local plants before trying it on our own.

    Thanks for the contribution, I had heard about pine needle tea from bushcraft forums, but not tried it yet. All pine is OK? We have Ponderosa, Sugar & Jeffery in our area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K7JLJ View Post
    Absolutely! This is why I have not messed with it just looking at books, to afraid of making a mistake. We are looking for a local resource to walk us through the local plants before trying it on our own.

    Thanks for the contribution, I had heard about pine needle tea from bushcraft forums, but not tried it yet. All pine is OK? We have Ponderosa, Sugar & Jeffery in our area.
    I've never heard of a pine needle that is not safe. If I am wrong I hope someone corrects me. I can tell you you will get a different taste from different pines.
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    Many of the weeds around here had medical uses. But you need to be careful. A little work to much and it made thing wort or caused other problems.
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    Another thing I would suggest to anyone heading out into the bush for whatever reason is to learn to correctly identify poison ivy/oak. Won't kill you but certainly can cause problems.

    https://www.artofmanliness.com/artic...-their-rashes/

    Pro Tip: A natural remedy for poison ivy is mugwort. Which happens to normally grow near or at the base of poison ivy.
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