When faced with the threat of alien invasion, whether in the form of little green men or acidic bacteria, it is the duty and responsibility of every man and woman to do their bit to keep the Human race alive. Your species depends on you! This set of guidelines has been collated by the British Government to help you survive should you find yourself stranded, without power, and staring into the face of danger. Any polite and sporting alien should provide ample opportunity for you to read the correct section in line with the Intergalactic Fair Invasion Treaty (2012), before attacking you. Good luck.
Medicinal Plants and Herbs
Trying to survive in an unfamiliar environment can lead to unforeseen accidents and illnesses. In addition, everyday ailments can seem to be more disruptive. Fortunately, many wild plants have been used to cure and alleviate uncomfortable, or life-threatening, symptoms for thousands of years. Some of these helpful plants include:
The naturally calming fragrance of this herb makes it a popular one in household gardens. The plant can also be used to treat insect bites, burns and skin disorders. The leaves can be crushed and applied topically to alleviate itching, rashes and swelling. Lavender should not be taken internally by small children, and pregnant or breast feeding women.
Comfrey should not be consumed as it can damage the liver. The cooked, mashed roots of the comfrey plants are a great topical treatment for arthritis, burns, bruises and sprains, however. The treatment can be made by simmering 3.5 ounces of freshly peeled or dried root, in a pint of water for 15 mins. A cloth which has been soaked in the liquid, should be applied to the affected area for at least 15 mins. The plant’s fresh leaves can also be ground up and put on the skin. The treatment should be administered several times per day for maximum relief.
A common wild plant that can be found worldwide, plantain is an effective treatment for venomous bites and stings. The plant’s healing properties is not strong enough to counteract the effects of snake bites, but provides quick relief from the sting of bees, wasps, scorpions and other small animals. A paste should be made using leaves and applied directly to the bite, or sting, reapplying as it dries out.
Scientifically proven to reduce the effects of the common cold in adults, when taken at the first sign of illness, echinacea can also shorten the length of time that the virus will last for. The plant also contains compounds that attack yeast and other fungi. The roots and leaves can be dried and taken as a tea.
Poison ivy, and other rash inducing plants, are very common in overgrown areas, and the likelihood of coming into contact with them is very high. Jewelweed can prevent a harsh reaction if applied within 45 minutes of initial contact. The plant’s juicy, purplish stalk should be crushed into a paste, rubbed into the affected area for 2 minutes, and then rinsed off with clean water. If unable to locate jewelweed within 45 minutes of exposure, it can still be used as a wash to decrease the severity of the symptoms. The jewelweed will help to cool down the blisters, and relieve the itching that normally accompanies poison ivy.
The blackberry plant can provide us with more than a delicious snack. The leaves are an effective treatment for diarrhoea when consumed as a tea. Pour near boiling water over them and brew for 5-10 minutes.