October 31, 2016

So, you’re in the woods having a good time but you stumble on a log leaving you with a shard of wood in your leg the size of a Vienna sausage.

Ok that sounds nuts, but it happened to me while hiking a few years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my medical kit because it was a short hike, but I should have known better!
Luckily, I was, on the other hand, prepared enough to know about herbs and plants. I noticed one of my favorite trees that had sap just oozing over it. In my case, I seen some mullein, smeared some pine sap on one of its leaves, and then put it on my wound. All that was left was to take my shirt and wrap it over the leaf on my leg holding the pine sap in place till I got home. In this instance, having the knowledge of herbs and plants was essential!
Pine Trees
Pine trees are so helpful in bad situations. The sap (or resin) is great for plugging wounds because it helps prevent infection. For smaller wounds, smear a little sap on it to stop the bleeding.
Pine sap also makes for great glue when mixed with powdered wood coals. This is very useful when you need to plug a hole in a boat or help glue anything together.
Pine needles also make for a nice cup of tea. Picking the greenest pine needles on the tips of branches will taste nice while helping to boost your immune system.
Now you already know you can use this plant for a bandage but this is one amazing plant with many other uses! Mullein is easy to spot growing on the sunny side of roads and rocky soils. Mulleins leaves can also be identified by their fuzzy and thick look and feel. It will grow a long center full of yellow flowers in the summer. In the winter the center looks like a stick, still allowing for identification even when under a couple feet of snow during the cold season.
This ever-amazing plant also helps with coughs that will not go away. To solve this, try mullein tea. Mullein is not that bad tasting, but it’s not the greatest tasting either. Try finding either pine needles, mint, or spearmint to add for flavor and added vitamin C.
This herb has been used for thousands of years. I think it’s great for hikers because it helps keep your feet from getting sore. Or if your feet are sore, it will relieve the pain.
Simply grab the leaves and stick them in your sock so they make direct contact with the leaves. If you have really sore feet chew the leaves up, then stick it between your feet and socks again making direct contact with your feet. In a few hours, most of the pain will usually be gone.
Mugwort also sooths upset stomachs when drank as a tea and calms people down. If you sleep with it under your pillow, it can give you lucid dreams, as well! Neat huh!
Learning to use some of these herbs can make your outing more interesting and can help you in an emergency. So many natural remedies are at hand while in the woods, and most people just walk by them. You will not only look smart to your friends when you use these plants but you can teach them a thing or two, as well.

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