Grow your own first aid
Most of us understand the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods, and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans, and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment, and our communities. Heal Local argues that "100-mile healthcare" can be equally valuable in terms of how we treat illness and injury and maintain wellness.
This innovative guide demonstrates that by harnessing multifaceted whole plants, we can rely on homegrown or regionally produced herbs rather than importing exotics and non-natives. Based on the small apothecary model, author Dawn Combs explains how to:
- Maximize the benefits of homegrown first aid, from increased freshness, potency, and effectiveness to community resilience and local economic growth
- Make home herbal healthcare less intimidating and more attainable, by focusing on twenty herbs to effectively treat most common injuries and ailments
- Implement a local medicine culture safely and sustainably, while protecting and respecting wild plant populations
Many herbals overwhelm their readers, presenting a list of hundreds of herbs, each with a different purpose. Heal Local empowers readers by showing that you don't need to know everything about every herb on the planet to create a complete home apothecary. Anyone can be self-sufficient with their wellness, regardless of their previous knowledge, experience, or available space.
Dawn Combs is a homestead herbalist with over twenty years' experience and author of Conceiving Healthy Babies . As well as training others in herbal home healthcare, she treats her family's common illnesses and minor injuries with natural therapies, herbal remedies, and appropriate foods.
Part I: Herbs at Home and in Our Communities
Chapter 1: From My Family to Yours
Chapter 2: The Importance of Local
Chapter 3: Both Food and Medicine — Buy Local or Grow Your Own
Chapter 4: What Does a Local Medicine Community Look Like?
Chapter 5: Growing the First Aid Garden
Chapter 6: Basic Harvesting Instructions
Part II: Herbal First Aid Methods
Chapter 7: Preparing and Administering Herbal Medicines
Chapter 8: What's in the Cupboard?
Chapter 9: Working with Your Doctor
Chapter 10: How Much, How Often?
Part III: The Herbs
St. John's Wort
Part IV: Emergency and First Aid Situations
Heartburn and Indigestion
Infections — External and Internal
Muscle Pain/Pulled Muscles
Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac and Rashes
Splinters/Foreign Objects/Bites and Stings
Urinary Tract Infection
Part V: Illnesses and Imbalances
Gall Bladder Issues
Inflammatory Bowel Disease- Colitis and Crohn's Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Blood Issues — Clotting, Thinning
Heart Issues — Arrythmia, Chest Pain, Rapid Heartbeat
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol and Arteriosclerosis
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Endocrine / Reproductive System
High Blood Sugar
A Special Note About Cancer
Appendix A: United Plant Savers
Appendix B: Comfrey: A Study in Herbal Safety
Appendix C: Herbal Resources
About the Author