Ancient Healing Methods
Ancient healing methods with herbs and plant parts are some of the most important things humanity has let slip away from daily life. It would do us well to pick up these methods of healing, if only just a few are focused on.
Did you know that the moss growing in forests is an amazing healer of wounds? Next time you are in a forest be very observant of animals and notice how they are drawn to moss when they are injured. A deer with a wound will find a tree covered in moss and rub the wound against it and keep returning till the wound is healed. The deer, or other animals, know by instinct there are some healing properties in the moss – it has antiseptic properties. Observers of nature noticed this and folks started using the moss for bandages on wounds. When crushed garlic is rubbed on a strip of moss it is an excellent bandage for healing and protection of the wound. They also found moss to be beneficial in their diet and for preserving foods.
Garlic is a super food nature provides for us. It can grow in the wild and continue to multiply year after year. It is a very beneficial anti-fungal source.
Willow bark is a natural immune boosting source, an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-pyretic (fever reducer), and an anti-oxidant. By observing sick or hurt animals eating the bark, the ancients began to experiment and found amazing results. Since early times it has been found to be a great treatment for headaches, muscle pain, menstrual cramps, and arthritis, flu and common cold, as it is a natural pain reliever. A tea can be made from the bark and used in place of aspirin. Willow bark tea is also available from herb and other stores. Throughout history willow bark has been used for medicinal purposes. In Hippocrates’ time, people would chew on the bark to relieve pain and fever.
Rosemary is an herb with hundreds of uses. Since primordial times the herb has been known to be beneficial for medicinal use. It contains antibacterial and antioxidant acid, plus several essential oils that are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties.
I like to make rosemary oil for antiseptic purposes. I simmer an ounce of fresh rosemary in one cup of olive oil for five minutes. When it is cool I strain it and keep it in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. Not only is it beneficial for scrapes, scratches, insect bites, and some rashes, it also is an excellent treatment for pets when they have ear mites. With a cotton ball I apply a liberal amount of oil in my dog’s ears and let it stay overnight. In the morning I swab out the oil, along with dead mites and their dead eggs, with dry cotton balls. The oil also loosens ear wax buildup to easily swab it out. My dog gets this treatment every three months to prevent new ear mite infestations.
When you were a kid and got stung by a bee, did a parent or grandparent grab a handful of mud and slap it on the sting, after removing the stinger? It takes the sting right out and provides a cooling sensation. It has been known since ancient times that Earth is the source of life. The ancients used natural clay for healing. It draws poisons out of the skin.
Take a hint from your cat when it has an upset stomach. The cat will find some garden mint to nibble on, for it calms an upset tummy. A mint tea is very helpful if you have an upset stomach.
There is a myriad of herbal remedies that are very healing. I rely on time-honored remedies my parents used. I also refer to books by Michael Tierra or Scott Cunningham for helpful information on herbs and their uses.
Author’s Disclaimer: I do not guarantee any of the methods mentioned in this article, for medical condition and tolerance is different for each individual person. Please consult a reputable herbalist for dosages, preparations, and herbal combinations.
© 2017 Phyllis Doyle Burns