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Herbalism Is About To Make A Meteoric Comeback

Archaeological evidence indicates that the use of medicinal plants dates back to the Palaeolithic age, approximately 60,000 years ago but it is quite possible that such use is much older.
Official sources estimate that 80 percent of the population of some Asian and African countries presently use herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care while in the West it is practised but generally by a fringe element of society while most use drugs supplied by Pharmaceutical companies to treat ailments.

However, that is likely to change very soon and the Herbalist will be a much sort out person. He or she will need all of their knowledge and wisdom to treat an avalanche of requirements from people.
The collapse of medicine supply lines and the closure of drug companies is assured as the West plunges into chaos and civil disobedience. Simple items like off the shelf paracetamol will disappear and old remedies will suddenly be rediscovered for the comfort of the sick.

Collect seeds

While there is time, collect medicinal herb seeds so that in the Spring, important plants can be got under way in the home garden. Plants like Comfrey, Echinacea, Lavender, Chamomile, St Johns Wort, Pennyroyal, Valerian and many more need to be researched, acquired and stored for sowing.
A network of gardeners with herb seeds is a great resource in such times. Mail is unlikely to be a thing soon so the establishment of local networks for seeds and much more will be essential for survival.

Accurate labelling is an important aspect of collecting medicinal herbs. I often collect herbs in old shoe boxes. This keeps the plant material dry but also allows it to breathe and I carefully label the boxes (not the lids) so that no mistakes can occur.

The ability to recognise and gather useful cooking and medicinal herbs from the countryside is a great skill. Where I live in New Zealand, native natural remedies exist but many medicinal plants brought by European settlers to these islands have spread right across the land, making them available to anyone who knows how to find them.

Collect information

Collecting and downloading information in video form from Youtube is legal and done by a lot of people so they can watch them off line. Videos about herb gathering and the use of herbs abound, making it very possible to become your own herbalist. Paper books are useful too should access to electricity dry up but with so much solar equipment around these days, laptops and desktops could be around even during the collapse.

When things do collapse Government regulations will no longer exist, so the free use of all herbal remedies will be possible. Pharmaceutical companies will no longer be pulling the strings and it will boil down to ‘whatever works’, so the Herbalists are about to become a valuable resource in a community. When the drugs run out, who else can one turn to for medical help?

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