In this nutrition bite, we will be discussing 3 forgotten herbal remedies in your backyard that can help treat various illnesses…

Herbal remedies have been used for generations to treat, cure and alleviate all kinds of illnesses. 

Even with the modern advancement of synthetic medicine from pharmaceutical companies, many individuals will agree that synthetic medicine should not always be the first line of defense for taking care of our health, at least not when safe, easy-to-use herbal remedies are available. 

Unlike synthetic medicine that typically focuses on managing a disease or minimizing its symptoms, herbal medicine focuses on treating the root cause. 

For instance, an over-the-counter painkiller can indeed get rid of your headache for a short time, but an herbal remedy treats your headache, addresses the cause of inflammation responsible for your headache, and it can set your body up to avoid headaches altogether. 

Think of plant medicine working harmoniously with the complexities of your body’s ‘inner doctor’ in a way that leaves your body stronger. Synthetic medicine, on the other hand, treats symptoms, often leaving you dependent on the medication to manage your disease as opposed to healing from it.

When it comes to using plants as medicine, your body becomes stronger in the long term as your body’s natural healing ability is strengthened with the use of herbal remedies. 

Plus… current pain meds are actually based on plant molecules and the effects doctors, healers, mothers and shamen trusted for thousands of years. Really it’s going back to where it all started!

To get an idea on how accessible herbal remedies are, here are 3 common plants (among hundreds) you may find in your backyard that offer relief:

Fat Hen

This common plant can be found  most easily in agricultural fields. For topical use, you can mash the leaves into a poultice to treat burns, bug bites, and swollen joints. 

When ingested, Fat Hen leaves can help to rid the body of intestinal parasites as well as reduce inflammation.


Popular for both culinary and medicinal uses, Fennel can be easily found in chalky soil near the sea. In plant medicine, it’s best known for treating digestive issues such as indigestion, gas and constipation. 

Beyond being used to alleviate digestive discomfort, fennel can help to relieve pain, lower inflammation, ease muscle spasms and act as a mild diuretic.   


Considered by many as a weed growing in their garden, feverfew is a well researched herbal remedy to treat migraines and rheumatism. The leaves contain anti-inflammatory compounds which provide a host of benefits. 

When consumed as a tea, it can help treat colds and fevers, and as an infusion, feverfew can be used to treat swollen body parts. 

Even in the face of modern medicine, there’s a reason why plant remedies have remained the first treatment choice for those well versed in their benefits. Unlike the harsh and sometimes scary side effects of many modern pharmaceuticals that focus on treating symptoms instead of the disease, herbal remedies are powerful, safe, and effective, and work with your body to heal and grow stronger internally. 

If you’d like to know MORE…

The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies by Dr. Nicole Apelian is the perfect resource to navigate through the vast world of herbal medicine. 

Alongside this useful index of 800+ medicinal plants of North America, it’s filled with recipes, tinctures, teas, infusions, poultices, salves and more to guide users on how to utilize the medicinal properties of plants. 

Discover more about the medicinal value of plants in The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies today.

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