Natural Remedies… Farm-acopeia… Plants Before Pills.

There’s lots of turbulence in and around big pharma today. Modern medicine can be a lifesaver, so this isn’t to knock that. Rather, it’s about focusing on prevention and utilization of the pharmacopeia of healing plants provided by nature first.

I’ve always been interested in medicinal plants and healing through healthy foods, and always head to the herbal remedy drawer before a pill bottle.

Plants before pills…

Leaves for Ills.

I admire those who’ve studied and know herbology. My brain just doesn’t cooperate so well when it comes to memorizing all the botanical names and what plants are good for what things, and how to prepare them, so I never became certified in plant lore. All the more reason that I’m grateful for those who have shared that knowledge with the world through the ages, and today make it readily available for free online and in books. Thank goodness for ready access to the www… “world-wide-wisdom” available to be searched when we need it!

We definitely plan to grow, harvest and make more of our own medicinal herbal medicines. Though for convenience we also make good use of some of the many really good herbal remedies increasingly more available on the market today, such as wonderful medicinal herbal teas that are always on hand in our herbal medicinal tea drawer.

So if you’re short on the time to make your own, or growing space, or both—as in our case—there are many really great remedies readily available today, so that’s where we’ll start.

Try Pre-Blended Remedies First. Here’s Why.

Even if you can grow your own, if you’re just getting started at making your own herbal concoctions, we recommend buying some pre-made remedies first. That way you can discover and decide which herbal blends work best for you, before going to the trouble of buying seed, growing, harvesting and blending them! You see, pre-made blends show you which herbs they’re using on the ingredients label. Find a blend you like and grow those. Sure, you won’t have the exact recipe, but based on the order of ingredients in the list you can probably come close to making your own reasonable concoction in many cases.

Toward that, here is our go-to mouthwash and mouth rinse, recommended by our natural dentist, and verified by us over years of use. We’ve resolved many a sore tooth and sore gums situation, (I guess it’s always the gums that are sore… not the tooth!), by using this mouth tonic. It’s all the better because it’s a natural herbal remedy!

Here’s what the Dental Herb Company has to say about their Herbal Tooth Tonic, which is an essential in our household:

Reducing Oral Bacteria

The pure essential oils in Dental Herb Company products are powerful antimicrobials, providing maximum potency and long-lasting effectiveness to combat the harmful oral bacteria that lead to halitosis and periodontal disease.

Promoting Gingival Healing

Dental Herb Company products contain gotu kola and Echinacea – two powerful anti-inflammatory herbs shown to stimulate healing and repair damaged tissue. The pure essential oils of lavender and eucalyptus, well known for their soothing and healing properties, are key elements in the formulae.

So, to keep on hand for dental ailments, try Dental Tooth Tonic or make your own by growing you can grow your own herbs for this. It takes a lot of plants to make even a little bit of essential oils, however, whatever herbs you grow are invariably good for multiple ailments and usually also have culinary or herbal tea benefit.

If you can’t grow your own herbs, you can still save money by purchasing in bulk and making your own or a combination of growing and procuring what you can’t grow. In this list for instance, growing Eucalyptus to make your own eucalyptus oil may not be practice, but you could purchase the oil and grow the other herbs.

Traditional Medicinals is the main tea brand we’ve used for over 30 years. They use the highest pharmacopoeial grade herbs.1)

Started by famed herbalist author, Rosemary Gladstar in 1974,2) these are literally the teas in our medicinal tea drawer – except for one that I just discovered, as mentioned below—and am trying that one next).


Our Go-to Herbal Tea Remedies:

Editor’s Note: We’ve provided our Amazon and other affiliate links for your convenience, and which also helps support this site at no cost to you. However, you’re likely to be able to find all of these at your local grocer, especially Whole Foods and Earth Fare types.

On Page 2: Learn about 4 popular medicinal herbs you can grow for your own teas, their benefits and how to grow them.

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I’m LeAura Alderson, entrepreneur, ideator, media publisher, writer and editor of Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. However, I’ve always been interested in medicinal herbs and getting nutrition and healing from food over pharmacy. As a family we’re eager to dig more deeply into gardening and edible landscape for the love of fresh organic foods and self sustainability. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the creative ingenuity of the GardensAll community.