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On Natural Medicine

Updated on July 30, 2012

The first time I consciously thought about natural medicine, was when I was a kid and had my first dog. We were next to inseparable for almost fourteen years and I learned many things from her.

When I first saw her eat grass, I did not know what to think. I was young as I said and I did not know that dogs eat grass. I found the whole experience quite strange. It was something new to me but when I looked more into this subject, I discovered that dogs indeed do eat certain types of grass – it helps with digestion.

At least two decades have passed since then and now I am a faithful believer in natural medicine. I know that Mother Earth provides medicine for any and all of our ailments/illnesses. I personally do not see doctors. I have not visited one in somewhere around eight years and I feel great!

I am not a medicine man or a shaman but I do try to learn from anyone who is in the know on this subject and I heal myself. I use medicine herbs to heal and regenerate regularly. For example, I use bath infusions with cedar, sage and wormwood in order to relax, heal minor cuts, bruises and such (spending time in the forest may result in things of this nature). I recommend bath infusion to anyone and everyone. My great-grand-father kept this habit into his nineties; he was one of the healthiest elderly men I have ever known.

In my opinion, healing has to come from within. We have to heal ourselves and we cannot look at medicine as something that will heal us. No, we use the medicine herbs in order to help us, heal ourselves. It is our Mind, Body and Spirit that heals, the natural medicines only help us but for example if we do not have faith in our own ability to heal – healing will not occur. Healing starts with our Mind and Spirit. We have to Will our Healing.

There are countless natural medicines for whatever the need is. Not long ago I learned that the gum/sap from a Spruce tree, mixed with grease, can be used by people who suffer from arthritis. Simply rub the mixture on joints or parts of the body where discomfort exists and the pain will subside. This combination of grease and sap from a Spruce tree can also be used to numb specific areas of the body.

To stop bleeding or heal cuts, one can use the stem, roots or flowers from the Yarrow plant. This I learned from the Native American people, here in Canada but from my own background (Dacian/Romanian) and from the knowledge passed on orally by my ancestors, I can say that You can stop bleeding by covering a cut in spider web. I know it may sound strange but I learned this when I was a kid, from elders in my grandmother’s village in the Carpathian Mountains and it works.

I also remember burning myself when I was a kid and my grandmother cut a potato in half and told me to keep the inside part of the potato on the burned area of my skin. It soothed the pain for sure! Many people in my grandmother’s village had knowledge of how to use natural medicines in order to heal. That is where I also learned that in order to cure a headache one can chop-up some cabbage, sprinkle some salt on it, wrap it up in a cloth and place it on the forehead. In that tiny village up in the mountains of Romania, this was common knowledge; there was nothing strange about it.

There is a lot of information about natural medicine if we search for it and I do encourage people to give medicine herbs in specific, a chance. Such herbs will not have the negative effects which some pills and medicines from the pharmaceutical industry have. Mother Earth has provided us with all that we need – we just need to pay heed.

All the best! I wish everyone well.

Note: My photographs, Florida, United States, 2011


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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I help those who come to for help but do not push my help on anyone." - I think this is a very wise advice, Mr. Spirit Whisperer. As the saying goes: "You can take a horse to the river but You can't force it to drink." I think that's how it goes anyway ... translated from Romanian.

      Well, I am happy You found the read interesting. Thank You for the kind words.

      Cheers! : )

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      Xavier Nathan 

      8 years ago from Isle of Man

      I found this to be a most interesting read and your style offers the read just enough to whet the appetite for more. I agree with you in that healing comes from within and I love your philosophy with regard to natural remedies. I do also feel that illness too serves a purpose and not all illness needs to be cured. Sometimes illness is the chosen path of some for reasons unknown to even themselves. In my professional capacity I help those who come to for help but do not push my help on anyone. Even in this it is not I who cures. I help them to find their own inner healer so they learn to heal themselves or at least understand the underlying reason for their illness. Thank you my friend and keep up the great work you are doing. You are indeed a true warrior and one I feel honoured to be associated with!

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "The human body, by it's very nature, is designed to heal itself." - You hit the nail in the head here, Mrs. Fpherj48. We all have the ability to heal but through the course of our lives, we are taught to depend more on doctors and pills than our own bodies and Spirit.

      We can turn this around though. There is no sensible reason why people should keep fattening the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry, when we have everything we need around us, provided by Mother Earth!

      Thank You for taking the time to read and comment.

      All the best!

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Mr. Happy... You have touched on a favorite topic and actually "serious interest," of mine. Always reading, researching, discovering and sharing knowledge on Homeopathic methods, holistic practices and medicinal herbs, roots and other vegetation.

      There is a wealth of information and resources to our avail in this area of study. The human body, by it's very nature, is designed to heal itself. By paying attention, as you have noted, to nature.....all living things, it becomes more and more evident what healing remedies and health benefits, exist all around us, within our reach. In many ways, perhaps all that man truly needs in this aspect of life.

      I appreciate this hub and the valuable message it carries. Thank you. ....UP++

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for the comment, Mrs. Sharewhatyouknow.

      Regarding the potatoe use on burns, I must say that just this weekend I had a friend burn himself at the cottage and that is exactly what we used for his burn, to cool it down. It does its job.

      I am happy You found the information useful.

      All the best!

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      8 years ago from Western Washington

      Wonderful hub Mr. Happy. Never in a million years would I have thought of cabbage and salt wrapped in a cloth and applied to my head to cure a headache. I am going to try that one.

      Somewhere back in my memory banks, after reading your hub, I do recall that to help with burns, to use a potato that has been cut in half -and then the potato side placed on the burn. I burn myself all the time cooking, so I need to remember that one!

      Voted up and useful.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for the visit Mr. Bdegiulio - I am happy You enjoyed the read. Cheers!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub. Had not heard of some of these natural remedies but will give them a try. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for stopping-by and leaving a comment, Healthylife2. I appreciate it. And You are quite correct that many cultures around the world use natural medicines - I think we just need to share more of that type of information, out of which we can all benefit. : )

      All the best!

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I fully agree with You, Mr. Girishpuri. Natural medicines are much better than the prescriptions most doctors offer us and have so many negative side-effects.

      Thank You for the visit! Cheers.

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      8 years ago

      Very useful hub...So many cultures accept natural medicine as a way of life. I am now embracing natural medicine and it's amazing what is out there.

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      Girish puri 

      8 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      In fact if we use natural medicines on a routine basis in our food or as a habit, i don't think we really need to go for for allopathic medicines, which may have side effects, useful hub.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      You are very welcome Mrs. Sawali. Thank You for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

      All the best!

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for stopping-by Maxoxam. Share the knowledge! Cheers.

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Useful information! Thanks for sharing ^_^

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      8 years ago from USA

      Will try the spider web and the potatoe recipes! I too like the recourse to nature to heal!

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Cclitgirl,

      I am happy You enjoyed the read and I do agree with You that healing has to include the "whole person" and not be done partially. As You well stated, many times in western medicine practices, only the symptom is treated. Hence, we have all the countless painkillers prescribed by physicians ...

      Thank You for the visit! : )

      All the best.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      8 years ago from Western NC

      That's so cool about the yarrow - I knew it could be used to make a dye, but I didn't know you can use it on cuts and scrapes - I live in NC and we have yarrow. I'll try that. I also like to use bruised plantain. That works well for bee stings.

      Natural medicine = YES! Western medicine tends to treat the symptoms. I've long since thought that Eastern and Native American medicine tend to treat the "whole person," something I much prefer.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Jennzie,

      I am happy to find-out that other people know about some of the healing practices which I have learned from my grandparents. In my mind, this means that information is still being shared and passed-on through generations. That actually makes me really happy!

      Thank You for taking the time to read and comment.


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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mr. Wonderwriter, I fully agree with You. The pharmaceutical industry is a business focused on profits (as their main concern) and not so much on healing people.

      Medicine herbs do not ask people for profit. Thus, I do promote them when I can. : )

      All the best!

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      You like Datura as well, Mrs. Lastheart? : )

      This powerful plant deserves respect and You are very right in saying that there are many people who misuse it. I would enourage anyone who wants to work with this plant, to first build a strong relationship with It by learning about It, spending time with It, etc.

      It can kill a person easily. That should be enough to say.

      Thank You for your comment. Cheers!

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for coming-by and visiting, Mrs. Backporchstories.

      Mitakuye Oyasin. Migwetch! : )

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      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I also remember using a potato on my knee as a kid when I got stung by a wasp- it definitely helped with the pain and swelling!

      Great hub!

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      8 years ago from New Jersey

      Great Hub, In my personal opinion the pharmaceutics industry is just out there to profit from the ill. While making these ill people chronically sick from the side affects. I feel that if we just took the time to research and utilize natural herbs to cure sickness we would have a better quality of life.

      Great information! Have a good one!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      8 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I love this hub. Very interesting and informative. This I will share. That plant in the picture is beautiful! Here in Puerto Rico is illegal because some do not know how to use it. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Kentucky

      I totally agree! Good Hub!


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