Outdoor activities and sports like camping are also physically risky since you are in tune with nature. Nature comes unpredictable and aside from bad weather conditions you might find yourself into, there are instances that you might get wounded. You’ll never know how these bruises can turn worse. It is important to stay alert.
We have selected some of the most effective medicinal plants and herbs that are readily available from the surroundings as you go camp or hike. Of course, they will not discount the things you have prepared in your first-aid kit. While your antiseptics stay in the backpack, these will strengthen their uses.
Rocky Mountain Willows
Pain killer? Try to take advantage of the barks from the Rocky Mountain Willows. The bark works like aspirin since it contains an anti-inflammatory component known as salicin. It is used as a tonic, diuretic or astringent. It may also relieve diarrhea and headaches, and perfect antiseptic for wounds. Find them in the plains to the sub-alpine zones of the states of Alaska and New Mexico.
Best recommended during overnight camps, the lemon balm soothes cold sores and often mixed with tea at night to combat insomnia. Take some fresh leaves and pound the leaves, then have them bound over the sores or make it into a cream that you can carry with you when you camp out.
Say that the food you consumed outdoors has upset your tummy, pineapple weeds are one natural way to be relieved of this pain. It conquers diarrhea, indigestion, menstrual cramps and also calms the nerves. It is also a great insect repellant when crushed leaves of the pineapple weeds are rubbed over the skin. Find them abundant in the foothills of Alaska and New Mexico.
Plantains are weeds that are recommended to treat the venomous snake bites. Prevent the fatal effects by applying its green leaves pounded in a paste. It may not be as strong as chemical compounds that you have with you but they can help neutralize the venomous bite, and also relieve the person should they encountered injuries from bees, scorpions and wasps. Keep replacing with a new drop of paste if it has already dried out on the skin.
Prickly Pear Cactus
Found in high mountain deserts, foothills and prairies of British Columbia and Alberta, the prickly pear cactus has been used for several centuries as an effective treatment for burns, wounds and more. It takes a while to prepare the actual chemical agent to be used.
First, the fleshy pads should be prepared by burning off the spines. Once you see small spines not burned, you may cut off the outer skin with these spines. It is important to cut them off to avoid skin irritation. To remove the spines, use a stick and protective gear for the hands like heavy-duty gloves while holding the cactus. Do not remove the spines using your mouth or tongue.
The key to preserving personal wellness while away from civilization is to be resourceful. It is a great opportunity to be creative and explore various options.