If you knew how many times I have uttered the words, “It’s a good thing I am an herbalist!” We were the parents that made regular visits to the ER on weekends with everything from pink eye to a broken wrist. For the past eleven years, there is little I have been unable to handle myself. I can get rid of pink eye in two hours, sinus and kidney infections, and oncoming colds over night, as well as chronic issues.
My home apothecary is filled with dried herbs from my gardens, a few that are purchased due to not growing here, and many jars of brewing extracts so that I am always ready to anything. My medicine gardens are drinking up all of this spring rain and are ready to burst into blooms.
Living amongst animals means that inevitably you will be treating a bite. Emily read from her phone as I tried to stop the bleeding and keep myself calm, “One in three people end up in the hospital after a cat bite.”
“It’s a good thing I am an herbalist.” We were so far from my house though that we drove an hour to the town of Elizabeth instead to get to my daughter, Shyanne’s home apothecary. I wasn’t going to be home for another six hours and I knew it would be too late by then. Infection would surely set in. We stopped at a grocery store so that I could at least wash it with soap and water. I walked like a shocked crime victim to the far bathrooms.
Shyanne gave us the code to her house. I applied our Wound Healer and then drenched a paper towel in straight Goldenseal alcohol extract and slapped it on my arm. Emily heard a scream from the lower floor. Yikes, cat bites hurt. But the medicine took away much of the pain and opened the wounds to bleed freely.
Yesterday I cleaned the wounds again in the shower and applied Wound Healer and then our Pain Salve. I bandaged it and went about my day. Today the wounds are sealed, bruising is gone. It hurts because it is in the crease of my arm, but there is no infection. I started taking our own Antibiotic the day of the bite (2 days ago). The medical system did not gain a penny from me.
It is just wise to at least know basic herbal first aid. It could save your life. Know what herbs stop bleeding, kill infection, set bones, heal torn muscles, and help with pain. Then move on to internal antibiotics, allergy medicines, pain medicines, and digestive help. Heart, eye, brain, kidney, and thyroid medicines inevitably follow. It is addictive and empowering and an important lost skill on a homestead. I know not everyone has the same passion I do, so if you don’t want to make all of your own medicines, please seek out a qualified, talented herbalist. (Not just someone that sells essential oils or grows pot.)
If you are local, I have a 12 week intensive Master Herbalist Program starting August 25th on my farm. It takes place every Sunday afternoon. If you are not local, I have a Correspondence Course as well. Or you can check out my books, The Herbalist Will See You Now and The Homesteader’s Pharmacy to teach yourself. They make great homestead references. Http://AuthorKatieSanders.com
Don’t forget the power of plants. With a good grasp of herbalism, your homestead will be filled with healthy animals and humans!
If you live in Pueblo, or surrounding areas, I still make folks medicine. My number is 303-617-3370. You can also visit Shyanne or order from her website at http://WhiteWolfHerbs.com