After spending a lifetime getting your medicine from the pharmacy, it’s easy to forget that nature has already provided medicinal plants all over the world. If you look closely, you might even find medicine in your own backyard. Practice identifying them now because there may come a time when you need them. Here are 10 of the best medicinal plants.

Medicine in Your Backyard Alfalfa. This grows in many places, but is commonly found on farms because it makes good feed for livestock. Eating the leaves can treat nausea, urinary discomfort and kidney pain. It is also a great diuretic.

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Medicine in Your Backyard Basil. This herb can be used to help a variety of ailments including: cramps, nausea, fever, colds, headaches, and acid reflux. You can also use the oils from the plant to treat acne. Basil is a great spice to add to almost any meal.

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Medicine in Your Backyard Blackberries. These aren’t just for eating. The leaves and roots can be used as a great treatment for diarrhea, dysentery, and cuts. It is also a great anti-inflammatory for the mouth.

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Medicine in Your Backyard Catnip. Not just for making your cat act goofy. Catnip can: relieve cold symptoms, break a fever (as it promotes sweating), treat gas, stomach pain, and headaches. (Note: It can also stimulate contractions, so pregnant women should not eat it.) Also, it can reduce bleeding when applied to wounds.

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Medicine in Your Backyard Feverfew. This anti-inflammatory not only treats arthritis and  headaches, it can relieve general anxiety because of its ability to inhibit serotonin. It can also reduce bruising and swelling and makes a great pain reliever when nothing else is available.

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Medicine in Your Backyard Lady Fern. These grow all over but particularly in areas with lots of rain. Crush the leaves and rub the juices on minor cuts and burns for pain relief.

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Medicine in Your Backyard Oregano. The main benefit of oregano is its ability to cause perspiration which is a great help to people with colds, fever, or the flu. Oregano tea can help relieve menstrual discomfort and clear the lungs and airways. The oil helps with itchy skin and helps with respiratory infections and achy muscles when consumed.

Medicine in Your Backyard Peppermint. Tea made with this helps cure indigestion and reduces flatulence and bloating. Peppermint is also known for helping ulcers and reducing headaches. The oil is used in balms that increase blood flow.

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Medicine in Your Backyard Rosemary. This wonderful herb can be used to lessen headaches, bad breath, upset stomachs, and relieve menstrual cramps. Crush the leaves and mix it into foods with meat or dairy to help prevent food poisoning. The oil can be used as an inhalant to help with congestion, and when mixed into a lotion it can ease muscle cramps and arthritis.

Medicine in Your Backyard Sage. One of the most useful herbs in the world. Sage can aid digestion, reduce diarrhea, relieve cramps, fight colds, reduce swelling, soothe burns and cuts, kill bacteria and many other things. Keep an eye out for this treasure.

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Warning: Do not use or consume a plant until you are positive you know what it is. Hopefully this will get you started in the vast world of naturally occurring medicines.

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