How to Grow Your Own Drugs.

Before people could simply walk into the pharmacy / chemist when they were ill, and before they could simply go to their doctors for a prescription at the first sign of a cough or a sore throat, they would turn to their gardens for a cure or a means of alleviating uncomfortable symptoms. Many of the medicines we buy today originated from herbal remedies, and those same plants are still capable of helping us when we are ill, often as effectively as drugs purchased over the counter from our local chemist.

In this article I wish to list a selection of recipes for herbal remedies that you can easily make in your own kitchen using a few ingredients from your store cupboard and from your garden. I hope you will try them out for yourselves and see just how effective they are, as well as realising this is a very healthy way to get yourself healthy!

Who said growing drugs was a bad thing!

Disclaimer,Always check with a medical professional before taking any drugs that are not prescribed. Check with your GP before taking any alternative medications if you think you may be pregnant. Ensure you have correctly identified plants before using them.

Basic Ingredients

You won't need all of these, but some of the ingredients will be required for specific remedies, and certain products will be essential if you are making ointments for instance. It is probably best to establish which remedy you intend to make before checking if you need to buy in any extra ingredients.

Sea Salt

Honey

Olive Oil

Cornflour

Wine or Cider Vinegar

Bicarbonate of Soda

Beeswax and Emulsifying Wax

Essential Oils

Vitamin C Powder

Glycerine

Gelatine

Oils (sunflower, olive, almond, wheatgerm, avocado, coconut, sesame).


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Ten of the Best Plants to Use

St John's Wort, an anti-depressant and also excellent for healing skin.

Sage, great for coughs, colds, congestion and hot flushes.

Lavender, superb for aiding restful sleep, calming, relaxing, antiseptic and useful as a painkiller.

Chamomile, eases indigestion and colic, good for skin irritations and reduces tension.

Lemon Balm, aids sleep, soothes nervous tension and is helpful for cold sores.

Marigold, fabulous for sunburn, acne and spots. Eases ulcers and digestive problems.

Echinacea, strengthens  the immune system and eases cold and flu symptoms.

Viola, good for eczema and skin eruptions, also loosens phlegm.

Peppermint, very helpful for wind, digestion and headaches.

Rosemary, aids memory and concentration, mood enhancing and acts as a breath freshener.

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Try to always obtain your plants form healthy sources. For obvious reasons you don't want your key ingredients to have been harvested from areas such as roadsides where they will have been exposed to fumes, dirt, humans having walked on them, dogs having peed on them etc. It is always best to grow your own wherever possible, or at least source the vegetable matter from rural locations such as fields (not crop fields as they may have been exposed to pesticides), or natural habitats. Never take more than you need and always be certain you have the correct plant for your remedy.

Kitchen Equipment

Weighing Scales

Saucepans

A whisk

Large wooden and metal spoons

A measuring jug

Glass mixing bowls

A teapot with a lid

A fine meshed sieve.

A blender.


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Optional but Useful Equipment Includes:

A pestle and mortar

Muslin or Cheesecloth

Glass jars for storage

Funnels

Labels

A notebook

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A Few Helpful Definitions

Tea or Infusion. This is exactly as it sounds. The washed and chopped vegetable matter is soaked in boiling water for about 10 minutes and then once the water has taken on the colour of the plant material the liquid is strained through a sieve lined with muslin. The resulting 'tea' can the be drunk, used in lotions or added to bathwater.

Tinctures. These are chopped plants soaked in alcohol to obtain the essential compounds. Vodka is ideal for this purpose, but rum, brandy or whiskey also work well. Alcohol used must be at least 80% proof to avoid the tincture going off. To make a tincture fill a jar with plant matter and then cover in alcohol. Run a knife around the sides to remove air bubbles. Seal the jar and leave in a cool dark place for up to one month, occasionally agitating the contents. Strain the resulting liquid through muslin and transfer to smaller glass bottles. These tinctures should keep for up to 5 years.

Decoction. These are made like a tea or infusion, but left to simmer in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Especially helpful with roots, barks and woody parts of a plant. Treat the resulting liquid in the same way as for a tea or tincture.

Gels. These are made by dissolving gelatine with an infusion or juice. Use immediately unless adding alcohol or essential oils.

Creams and Lotions. These emulsions are made by mixing an oil based and a water based preparation together over heat in order to bind them together with an emulsifier like beeswax or emulsifying wax. Great to use on skin but will only last about two months when stored in a refrigerator.

Salves and Balms. These are made by adding beeswax to an infused oil before heating gently in order to melt the two into one. Once cool they will solidify and can be applied where required. Whilst warm the liquid can be poured into glass jars where it will keep for up to 2 years.

Infused Oils. These are made by filling a jar with the relevant plant material and then covering with oil. Again, run a knife around the sides to get rid of air bubbles. Seal the jar and leave in a warm place for about 2 weeks, or until the oil has changed to the colour of the vegetable material. Strain the oil and bottle it. The process can be sped up by boiling the herbs and oil in a pan for about 20 minutes before straining and bottling the oil. Infused oils will keep for up to one year.

Vinegars. These can be used internally or externally and are made by heating cider or wine vinegar with the herbs for several hours. The resulting vinegar should keep for about 6 months.

Poultices and Compresses. Certain compounds can be absorbed through the skin, and a poultice applies  crushed plants directly to the skin, sometimes mixed in a flour paste and covered with gauze and a bandage. A compress applies plant infusions or decoctions directly to the skin by soaking linen or cotton cloth in the liquid (hot or cold) and then applying to the skin. 

Herb-infused Honeys. A natural anti-bacterial agent honey can be applied to wounds to encourage rapid healing. To infuse honey with herbs is a simply process. The honey and herbs are heated together for about one hour, before being bottled. They are often used to soothe sore throats  and help with upper respiratory congestion.  These infused honeys will keep for up to 6 months.

Syrups and Lozenges. Syrups are made by boiling the plant matter in water with sugar or honey, occasionally with gelatine added as a thickener. These should keep for up to a year if stored in sterilized jars sealed and unopened. After opening they should be kept in a refrigerator and used within 3 months. If you prefer to make lozenges, add further sugar or continue boiling for longer. Once cooled and set you will have produced a solid brittle mass that can be broken up into cough sweets.


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Drying Plants

Obviously there will be times of year when you want to make your home remedies but the plants you need are out of season. This problem can be solved by drying the relevant plants when they are in season. There are two easy methods of drying plants, air drying and oven drying.

Air Drying.

Loosely bunch together your leaves and then tie them together with string. Find a well ventilated dry environment such as a garden shed and hang the bunches upside down from the roof away from direct sunlight, (this will ensure the oils drain down to the leaves). Leave until they go crispy (about weeks). Strip off the dried foliage, crumble and store in an airtight container. The dried leaves should keep for up to 1 year.

Oven Drying.

Cover a baking sheet with greaseproof paper and space the plants out on it. Place in the oven with the door slightly opened and the oven turned on to its lowest setting. Once dry, (after anything up to 5 hours), remove from the oven and treat as for air dried leaves.

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Figs
Figs

Constipation

Syrup of Figs

Ingredients

18 g dried senna pods

100 ml boiling water

8 fresh figs

100 g sugar

Juice of 1 lemon


Method.

Place the senna pods in a glass bowl and pour over the boiling water. Leave for 30 minutes and then strain through a sieve into a blender.

Add the figs and the sugar and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat gently whilst constantly stirring to reduce the the liquid. After about 25 minutes you will have a thick, glossy syrup. Add the lemon juice and stir in well.

Remove from the heat and pour into a sterilized glass bottle.

Use.

Shake well and take 2 teaspoonfuls before bed. don't use for more than 3 days running or if you experience abdominal pain.

Stores in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

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Chamomile
Chamomile

Flatulence

Windy Tea

Ingredients

1 tsp caraway seeds

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp chopped peppermint leaves

1 tsp chamomile flowers

250 ml hot water

Method.

Crush the caraway and fennel seeds using a pestle and mortar to extract the oils. Combine the seeds with the peppermint and chamomile and place in an airtight container.

Put one to two teaspoons of the mixture into 250 ml of hot (not boiling) water and allow 15 minutes for the herbs to infuse. Sip slowly whilst still warm.

Use.

Drink one cup up to 4 times a day.

The herb mixture will keep for several months.

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Peppermint
Peppermint

Diarrhoea

Rehydration Tea.

Ingredients

1/2 tsp of salt

1/4 tsp of low sodium salt

1/4 tsp sodium bicarbonate

2 tbsp glucose

1/2-1 tbspn fennel seeds

1/2-1 tbspn peppermint leaves

1 litre of water recently boiled.

Method.

Combine herbs, salts and glucose in a bowl.

Add the hot water and leave to infuse for 15 minutes.

Use.

Drink as much as possible to replace your lost electrolytes.

The dry herb mixture will store in an airtight container for several months.

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Viola (Pansy)
Viola (Pansy)

Eczema

Viola and Chamomile Cream.

Ingredients

20 g of viola flowers removed from their stems

20 g Roman or German dried chamomile

250 ml freshly boiled water

1 tsp beeswax

2 tbspn almond oil

1 tsp vitamin C powder

1 tsp glycerine

2 tsp emulsifying wax

Method.

Place chamomile and violas in a glass bowl and pour over the boiled water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes and then transfer to a medium sized pan.

In another glass bowl add the beeswax, almond oil, vitamin C powder, glycerine and emulsifying wax.

Place this bowl on top of the infusion pan and warm gently, stirring the contents until melted.

Strain the infusion liquid, and then slowly whisk it into the oil mixture until blended to the consistency of mayonnaise.

Use.

Apply to affected areas morning and evening, ideally soon after bathing to trap moisture in the skin.

Stores well for up to 6 months in the refrigerator.

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Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera

Sunburn

Carrot and Aloe Cream.

Ingredients

2 carrots

1 cucumber

1/2 cup of sesame oil

1 tsp beeswax

2 tsp emulsifying wax

1/2 cup of aloe vera gel

1 tsp vitamin C powder

Method.

Finely grate the carrot and cucumber and place in a large pan with the sesame oil. Heat gently for 20 - 30 minutes, strain, and return the liquid to the pan.

Add the beeswax and emulsifying wax and stir until melted. Whisk in the aloe vera gel and the vitamin C powder until you are left with a smooth mixture.

Pour into a jar and leave to cool.

Use.

Apply generously to sunburned areas of skin 2 to 3 times a day.

Stores for up to 2 months in the refrigerator.

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Juniper
Juniper

Healing Ointment

Juniper Ointment.

Ingredients

125 g fresh juniper berries

250 ml olive or sunflower oil

3 - 4 tbspn beeswax (if making ointment only)

Method.

Soak berries in water overnight and then discard the water.

Place the berries in a double boiler or bain-marie, add the oil and simmer gently for 30 minutes, or until the berries lose their colour and the oil darkens.

Strain through a sieve lined with muslin and place the liquid into a sterilized jar to store.

If you prefer an ointment then make the juniper oil as described. Heat the beeswax in a double boiler or bain-marie over a low heat. Stir in the oil thoroughly and pour into a dark glass jar. As it cools the balm should solidify, if it is too runny remove from the pot and add more melted beeswax, reheat to blend and then bottle up again.

Use.

The massage oil can rubbed directly into the affected area several times a day and will keep for up to 6 months.

The ointment can be applied several times a day to scars or affected areas and will keep for p to 6 months in  sterilized dark glass jar.

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Neem
Neem

Head Lice

Nit Treatment.

Ingredients

100 g fresh rosemary leaves

25 g fresh lavender flowers

200 ml neem oil

200 ml almond oil

6 minced garlic cloves

2 tbspn tea tree oil

Method.

Strip the flowers and leaves from their sprigs.

Combine the neem and almond oil in a measuring jug.

Crush half of the rosemary and lavender with a little of the oil using a pestle and mortar. Place this mixture into a saucepan. Repeat with the second half of the rosemary and lavender.

Place the crushes herbs and the oils into the pan and add the crushed garlic. Heat gently for about 20 minutes.

Strain through a muslin lined sieve and add the tea tree oil to the liquid. Stir and then store in a sterilized 500 ml bottle.

Use.

Apply to dry hair making certain the hair is completely covered and that the oil reaches the scalp. Cover with a towel and leave on for at least an hour, or overnight if possible. Wash off with two applications of shampoo. Apply conditioner and then comb through hair with a nit comb. Repeat treatment 7 days later to deal with any nits that may have hatched since. Comb through hair using a nit comb every 3 days.

Stores for up to 6 months.

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Savoy Cabbage
Savoy Cabbage

Arthritis

Cabbage Leaf Poultice

Ingredients

Savoy Cabbage Leaves

Crêpe Bandage

Method.

Cut out the central rib of the cabbage leaves. Lay the remaining leaves flat on a chopping board and bash with a rolling pin until the juices start to be released. 

Place the leaves over swollen joins and wrap around with a crêpe bandage to keep the leaves in position.

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Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi Fruit
Feverfew Plant
Feverfew Plant

Hangover

Kiwi Smoothie.

Ingredients

500 ml freshly boiled water

3 tbspn feverfew flowers

3 kiwi fruit peeled

3 tbspn honey

1/2 tsp salt

Method.

Pour the boiled water over the feverfew flowers and leave to steep for 8 minutes

Place the infusion into a blender with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Add further honey if required as feverfew flowers can be bitter.

Serve  immediately.

Use.

As needed. 

Will store in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

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Coughs

Cherry Cough Syrup.

Ingredients

500 g cherries with stones in.

1 sliced lemon

250 ml honey

Method.

Place all the ingredients in a pan with enough water to cover and simmer gently for about 30 minutes or until the cherries have softened.

Remove from the heat and strain off the solids.

Coll and pour into a sterilized glass bottle.

Use.

Take 2 tbspn as required to stop coughing.

Will store for several days in a refrigerator.

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Stinging Nettles
Stinging Nettles

Restorative

Nettle Soup.

Ingredients

25 g butter

1 medium onion finely chopped

2 crushed garlic cloves

400 g potatoes peeled and chopped

450 g freshly picked nettle tops

1 litre of vegetable stock

150 ml double cream

freshly grated nutmeg

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method.

In a large pan melt the butter and gently cook the onion and garlic for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and nettles and fry for 2 minutes. Add the stock, cover, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. 

Leave to cool.

Puree the ingredients with  handheld blender, stir in the cream and season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Reheat and serve at once.

Serves 6.

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Sage
Sage

Sore Throat

Sage Honey.

Ingredients

1 large bunch of sage leaves

Enough runny honey (sage honey if possible) to cover the leaves.

Method.

Wash and dry the sage leaves and place in a pan with the honey. Simmer gently for 1 hour. Allow to cool to a handleable temperature.

Strain the honey into a sterilized jar containing a sprig of sage.

Use.

Take 1 tsp when needed to soothe a sore throat. Also useful as a sweetener for hot lemon drinks for colds and flu. Take up to 4 times a day when needed.

Stores for around 6 months.

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Valerian
Valerian

Anxiety

Valerian Hot Chocolate.

Ingredients

3 tbspn fresh valerian root

3 tbspn fresh lemon balm leaves

3 tsp fresh lavender flowers

6 leaves and 3 heads from fresh passion flowers

The peel from 1 and a 1/2 oranges

900 ml full-fat milk

50 g dark chocolate (minimum 50% cocoa solids)

A dash of vanilla essence

Method.

Chop the top and bottom from the fresh valerian root. Add the valerian, lemon balm, lavender, passion flowers, orange peel and milk to a pan and heat gently for about 10 minutes. Strain.

Pour the infused milk back into the pan and add the chocolate and the vanilla essence. Stir until melted and drink immediately.

Makes 3 cups.

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Nettles
Nettles

Hair Strengthener

Nettle Hair Tonic.

Ingredients

1 large bunch of nettle leaves fresh or dried

500 ml water

500 ml white wine vinegar

1 tbspn aromatic herbs such as lavender, rosemary etc, or alternatively 10 drops of essential oil.

Method.

Simmer the nettles in water and vinegar for 2 hours, then stir in the aromatic herbs or the essential oil. Allow the mixture to cool and then strain through a sieve lined with muslin. Store in bottles.

Use.

Apply to scalp every other night as a hair strengthening tonic, or use as a leave-in final rinse after shampooing.

Stores for about 1 month.

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Irish Moss Seaweed
Irish Moss Seaweed

Heartburn and Indigestion

Seaweed Soother.

Ingredients

2 cups of Irish Moss - Chondrus crispus seaweed

4 tbspn fennel seeds

4 tbspn mint leaves

500 ml water

125 ml glycerine

4 tbspn bicarbonate of soda

Method.

Simmer the Irish moss, fennel seeds and mint in the water for 30 minutes or until the liquid has reduced to 250 ml.

Blend in a liquidizer with the glycerine until smooth. Strain through a sieve lined with muslin and leave to cool.

Whisk in the bicarbonate of soda, then pour into a sterilized bottle.

Use.

Take 2 tsp whenever you feel symptoms coming on.

Stores for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

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Plantain
Plantain

Insect Bites and Stings

Plantain Cream.

Ingredients

4 tbspn fresh plantain leaves

150 ml boiling water

2 tbspn olive oil or sunflower oil

2 tbspn almond oil

1 tsp beeswax

2 tsp emulsifying wax

2 tsp glycerine

1 tsp vitamin C powder

Method.

Wash and chop the plantain leaves. Divide into two and put one half in  bowl and the other half in a pan. Cover the plantain in the bowl with the water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.

Add the olive oil to the plantain in the pan and heat gently to simmering point. Do not allow the mixture to boil, and if it does remove it from the heat immediately. Leave for 10 minutes to cool.

Drain the infusion, remove plantain leaves and set the liquid to one side.

Drain the infused oil into another pan and remove the plantain leaves. Heat the oil again and add the beeswax and the emulsifying wax and melt, stirring until you have a foamy consistency.

Add 16 tbspn infused water to the pan and whisk to achieve a salad dressing type consistency. Add the glycerine and vitamin C powder.

Pour into sterlized glass pots and seal.

Use.

Apply when necessary.

Stores for up to 3 months in a refrigerator as long as kept in n airtight container.

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Dried Garlic
Dried Garlic
Dried Sage
Dried Sage

Athlete's Foot

Garlic Foot Powder.

Ingredients

4 tbspn dried sage leaves

4 tbspn dried garlic

7 tbspn (70 g) bicarbonate of soda

7 tbspn (70 g) cornflour

24 drops of tea tree oil

Method.

Grind the sage in a mortar and then place in a medium sized bowl. Add the garlic. Sprinkle over the cornflour and bicarbonate of soda and mix well.

Add the tea tree oil and stir until well distributed. Place the powder into a salt or sugar shaker for use.

Use.

Dust on liberally several times a day until the symptoms disappear, (usually several weeks). Continue using for a further week to ensure even dormant fungal spores are destroyed.

Stores for up to 1 year if kept in a dry, dark location.

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Colic

Chamomile Syrup.

Ingredients

40 g German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) flowerheads.

900 ml water

450 g sugar or honey

Method.

Place the chamomile in a pan with the water and bring to the boil. Turn the heat to low and cover with a tight fitting lid. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Reduce the mixture to 200 ml by simmering slowly with the lid removed.

Add the sugar and simmer for several more minutes until the mixture resembles syrup, (do NOT boil rapidly).

Strain through a sieve and pour into a sterilized bottle and seal with a cork in case the mixture ferments s otherwise the bottle could explode.

Use.

Children take 1 tsp, 3-6 times daily. 

Adults take 2-4 tsp, 3-6 times daily.

Not to be used by diabetics.

Stores unopened for up to a year. Stores for one week after opening if kept refrigerated.

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Raspberry Leaves
Raspberry Leaves

Hot Flushes and Night Sweats

Sage and Raspberry Leaf Tea.

Ingredients

1/2 tbspn fresh sage leaves (or half as many dried)

1/2 tbspn fresh raspberry leaves (or half as many dried)

200 ml freshly boiled water

Method.

Pour the water over the washed sage and raspberry leaves and leave for 8 to 10 minutes.

Use.

Sip a wine glassful every 3 hours. Not to be taken if pregnant.

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Cranberries
Cranberries

Cystitis

Cranberry Fruit Leather.

Ingredients

500 g fresh cranberries

Caster sugar to taste

Method.

Rinse the cranberries and dry them. Crush with a rolling pin to make a mash, retaining all the juice that you can. You can also whizz in  blender if you prefer a smoother texture.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Press the mash into the tray to a thickness of about  cm. Smooth the top. Place in the oven on its lowest setting (about 40°C ), and leave for about 12 hours, (check regularly to ensure the fruit does not dry out too much). Aim for a texture that holds its shape when pulled away from the greaseproof paper, but doesn't crack or crumble.

Sprinkle over as little sugar as you can to make the leather palatable, then leave in the tray for a further 2 hours until it is completely dry.

Warm in a low oven for 10 minutes and then roll it and cut it into slices. Store on greaseproof paper in an airtight container.

Use.

Chew on a strip as often as you wish to.

Keeps for about 1 month in the refrigerator.

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Research Source Used

I have just finished reading an excellent BBC book called "Grow Your Own Drugs" and I highly recommend you purchase a copy. The book is by James Wong and is full of home remedies for numerous ailments such as these and many many more. It is a "must have" book for every household in my honest opinion.

If you check out the amazon capsule immediately to the right of this paragraph you will see the book listing.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Dangerous title, Misty. It led me to believe this was going to be about Cannabis Cultivating or Heroin Harvesting or Cocaine Cooking. Enjoyed it nevertheless.

Beautiful photos, too.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Ahhh, my evil ploy attractant worked then drbj. Glad you enjoyed the hub and hope you give growing your own a try. I am curious as to your motives for visiting my hub now LOL!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Okay, misty-you're also free to question my motives as well! Lovely hub and wondrous title, indeed!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Great hub, really a paragon for all the others about the topic. Extremely well done. I prefer too growing my own herbs. Rated, bookmarked and stumbled. Marvellous!


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The Old Firm 6 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

An excellent hub Cindy. The clearest modern herb and fruit use that I've come across.

BTW, "proof" alcohol is usually taken as 40% alcohol by content, so any vodka bottle showing more than 36% alc.b.c. will give you your 80% "proof".(as opposed to 80 proof [no%] which is 40% alc. on the American scale and around 45% alc. on the old British proof measure)

Pedantic I know, but it saves you looking for rocket fuel in a bottle store.

Cheers

TOF


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Lorlie, I shall give you the benefit of the doubt and simply assume you were curious as to how I got away with publishing a hub on growing drugs ;););)

Hi Hypnodude, thanks so much, I hope people do put it to good use as I am fascinated by the subject, (must be my Pagan Hedgewitch instincts kicking in).


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks TOF, very useful point you made there and I appreciate you pointing it out. Glad you enjoyed the hub :)


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Super information and what did we do before we had pharmacies? I am always amazed at how many variations of drugs you can go to the store and purchase - not that any of them actually help! Loads of info though and will have to print off or bookmark and come back and find recipes for treatments.


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johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

High Misty, Nice title, super hub, very informative, but I don't consider any of these Herbs drugs, even the ONE you didn't mention, for the simple fact that drugs kill; Herbs don't. And, frankly, the ONE you banned from this hub will put all the others to shame. So, your hub reminds me of the FDA; 'don't mention it because it will hurt the interest in other Herbs.'


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pjk_artist 6 years ago from Turkey Point, ON

Hey Cindy. I too was hoping for a good cannabis hub. What'sup? Are you too chicken to include one of the most beneficial (and most demonized) herbs know to man?

Ganja Mon!


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Momma Mia 6 years ago from North Carolina

Great stuff here !! Alternative is the way to go!!! Thanks for all this wonderful info!

Mia


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Akirchner, delighted you will find this useful to you :)

Hi Johnwindbell, great to have your comment, but no, I didn't "ban" that one as I agree it has huge medicinal purposes, but it warrants a hub all on its own and this was more about medicines solely, whereas Cannabis has been now accepted as a recreational drug by most, and therefore I kept it separate to avoid people dismissing the rest of the content on this hub. I speak as someone who has smoked Cannabis many times in my youth, so I am not anti-cannabis in any way.... promise :)


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Peter, well I didn't include it purely to avoid my hub being "flagged" and pulled down by hubpages, as this would have been a huge waste of effort if I had risked this and the end result was no hub published at all!

Hi Momma Mia, thanks for the compliments and hope you can use the information. Alternative is another name for "original", i.e. the rest came later, but often the original is the best!


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pjk_artist 6 years ago from Turkey Point, ON

Do you really think they'd flag it?

There's actually already a few serious medical pot hubpages.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Cindy: LOL! I thought the hub was going to be about growing drugs like cannabis, and see others do too, but I am glad its about medicinal herbs that the average person can use.

You really are knowledgeable. Have bookmarked this hub and given a thumbs up!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Terrific hub, very informative, very thorough. I'm bookmarking this one, too!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Terrific hub, very informative, very thorough. I'm bookmarking this one, too!


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Peter, I don't know really, I guess it depends on what angle you approach it from. So long as it medicinal uses you might get away with it :)

Hi Violet, glad you reckon you too can find this useful. I can't take much of the credit though as my on knowledge on the subject is quite basic, most of the credit should go to the book "Grow Your Own Drugs" by James Wong as listed in Amazon capsules. It really is an excellent book.

Hi Paradise, hope you can use these recipes too as I tried to cover a broad range of conditions that people get. Thanks for commenting.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Wonderful hub...and a fascinating read! Am definitely going to try some of these natural remedies, esp. for coughs and sore throats. (that last pic was so lovely btw.) Will drink to your health along too...! :)


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks My Own World, I hope they help :)


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Excellent hub. Who knew. I have also recently heard that lavender rubbed on the skin will repel mosquitoes. I am going to try that one.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks fishtiger, apparently eating bananas (or anything high in potassium) repels insects from biting you as they hate potassium flavoured humans).LOL

Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for commenting :)


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alexandriaruthk 6 years ago from US

100 percent informative! thumbs up,


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Alexandria, glad you enjoyed this and hope you can put the info to good use :)


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I was surprised at the nettle soup! Not sure if I have the nerve to try it.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Sheila, I haven't tried it myself, but it goes without saying it won't sting your mouth as the nettles are cooked, and the moment they wilt the sting is gone. Apparently it is very tasty though, and very good for you so I am told.


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ehern33 6 years ago

Excellent hub. During my pre-teens years, I vividly remember my mother giving me remedies she made herself. I remember how good it made me feel when I had severe stomache pains, rashes or colds.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Great hub. Herbal medicine is the natural which we can not neglect all the time.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks ehern, that just proves the old remedies are usually the best, and there is a reason for that, because that is where modern medicine originated from!

Hi H P, thanks so much. I love natural medicines, they started all medicines, and should not be ignored or dismissed.


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Tenerife Islander 6 years ago from Tenerife

This is a brilliant hub! So much useful information here and a great title!


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Cheers Steve, I hope you can put it to good use as I know you love to use natural stuff wherever possible.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

I had to bookmark this hub, I am amazed. I love herbal remedies but never really looked into making my own. What a great job you did on this hub. Thanks so much for all of this valuable information. I am looking forward to trying to make some of the remedies.

Thanks so much,

Sage


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you Sage, I hope you can make good use of these recipes and will let me know the results :)


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

This is a fantastic hub misty! Not only is well-researched, it's beautiful. I believe in herbal medications emphatically and now that I see how easy it is to make your own I'm going to try it. The hot flash remedy is so easy, how can I not?:)


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Green Lotus, would love to hear how you get on with trying these out.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

great information misty, wow, great source of information here, isn't it lovely to grow your own? Maita


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Maita, it is always a fabulous feeling to grow something yourself, be it as a medicine or a food. I suspect it is in our genes from thousands of years ago when man HAD to do these things simply to survive, as there were no shops or conventional medicines.


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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Great hub, mistyhorizon2003! Although I won't be able to acquire most of the plants mentioned here, reading this hub has made me aware that several of the plants mentioned here are available for me to grow myself. Thanks for the great information.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Mythbuster, I am glad you can make use of at least parts of this hub. Also lovely to 'see' you here by the way, seems like a while since we caught up.


Malcom Reynard 6 years ago

Shame that you have to put the "disclaimer about drugs" at the beginning - you are not relay talking about """"""Drugs"""""" - just the use of natural plants found in the countryside or the garden! There was a super book, published many years ago (in the 60's/70's) in the U.K., called "Plants from the Hedgerow"

I trust you remember "Hansa" (in Fountain Street, Guernsey) when it was a real Natural Food Shop run by Jill & ? (can't remember his name !!!!) Now, unfortunately, just a part of a "Health Food" chain.

But back to the start - many plants, if used on everyday cooking, can be of great help - and are not drugs !!!!!!

Came to you via you Guernsey "Bean Jar Recipe"

"Cheerie"


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Great to see you here Malcolm, I do remember Hansa in Fountain Street funnily enough, but only went in there once or twice because of where it was. I love the idea of using hedgerow plants to heal ourselves, after all ,that is where most modern drugs originated.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wow, A heck of a lot of information. Thank You. GBY


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

No problem stars439, I hope you can use some of these recipes yourself. Thanks for commenting.


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MojoJojo49 6 years ago

Wow thats all very useful. But I must admit I was drawn in by the title as I thought for a split-second you were telling how to make illegal drugs with everyday household plants. Now that would be something. Lol :)


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ReissGang 6 years ago from Margate, FL

LMFAO....that's thew first thing that came to mind for me also. I used to be roofer and had a bad accident about 12 years ago when a ladder went out from underneath me. I took a 17' fall and broke my neck and damaged almost all the discs in my neck (C2 - C6) and also in my mid-back, thoracic area (T6 -T8). I have multi-level disc desication, multi-level disc bulging/herniations and degenerative disc disease. I am only 42 years old and live in constant pain. The doc's keep me on opiate medication but it doesn't get rid off all the pain. Marijuana helps reduce the pain when smoked with the Oxy's they give me, so when I saw it say "How to Grow Your Own Drugs",I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I thought, just like MojoJojo49, that it was going to tell me how to grow marijuana legally. Oh well, just gonna have to wait until FL allows the legalization of it for medicinal purposes like Cali and Colorado have. I don't think that it will be that long of a wait though.I think the whole country is going to follow suit just for massive income potential by the taxation of the plant. :0)


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Sorry to disappoint you guys, never mind. I guess if the title had been completely accurate Hubpages would have unpublished my hub by now!!


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epigramman 6 years ago

I don't need to grow my own drugs - I just come here to get high and enjoy someone whom I consider the ultimate hubber!!!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Well put together and very informative. Herbs are the Elixir of life including a non-drug HEMP/Cannabis. I understand your reasoning for not including it but also respect and appreciate your modesty. I read that you have enjoyed cannabis in your youth. Medicinal marijuana is hugely being used for many ailments and widely accepted as a herb of choice. Instead of the inducement of toxic drugs/pills being mass produced and sold and fed to the public in order for the Drug companies to pocket billions of dollars every year in profits. I will not continue my rant on the benefits of cannabis, but thank you for your mention of it's many benefits. Great hub and I rate it most definitely up and bookmarked and will share on Digg, Stumblupon and Tumblr. Everyone should know about Herbs and the greatness of them. tks.


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you saddlerider, I am blushing at all your wonderful compliments :)


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Epigramman, I am getting some lovely feedback here tonight :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is one of my favorite hubs! I am excited with anticipation of learning how to mix and use these healthy recipies. Excellent alternatives to regular meds and healthy benefits. You obviously worked hard on presenting all of the information and recipies, making it easy to follow. Good photos which I enjoyed. Thank you so much. I am a fan! Rated up and awesome.


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you vocalcoach, I am delighted you are going to give these a try for yourself, and would love to hear any feedback you have to offer afterwards.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Love the title of this hub, LOL Oh, great hub BTW. Very, very thorough with lots of useful info. and cool photos.


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mistyhorizon2003 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Denise, hope you can try some of these ideas out, and thanks for the feedback :)


Diana Adair 4 years ago

Great article.


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mistyhorizon2003 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Diana :)

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