Natural pharmacy or where to find the aspirin in the woods?


Natural pharmacy or where to find the aspirin in the woods?

Nature has provided us with everything we needed to survive in the wild. Its sources often seem inexhaustible. But if you do not have the skills to survive in the wild, you will not be able to recognize and take advantage of generous gifts of nature.

You can become a victim of hunger, thirst, injury, disease, cold, or a number of other threats, while the solution is close at hand.


In 1535 Jacques Cartier (Jacques Cartier) and his men learned that even the most minimal knowledge can draw the line between life and death in a survival situation. While he and his men were sick and dying of scurvy (caused by a lack of vitamin C) in snowy Canada, the forest was full of readily available vitamin C. When local residents showed them how to make tea from pine needles, it is a simple remedy for scurvy quickly restore health and helped to make the study available to the continent by Europeans.

Many people have died because of lack of shelter in the wild, while even small proteins are able to build his dwelling from the leaves and grass. Being in the center of sources, abundant food, people were dying of hunger. If they dropped the prejudices about food and take all the gifts of nature, their survival would be guaranteed.

Food, clothing, shelter, weapons, clean water, natural medicine, and anything else you need to survive, kindly provides Mother Earth, if recognized, great opportunities around you.

Then it will be about my recent injury and natural medicines that are available in the forest.

Injured in the wild

A few days ago, while stalking elk in the woods, I twisted my ankle. As in the case of many other injuries, ankle sprain in a modern civilized society, usually does not cause any problems. Somehow you waddle home, probably looking to the doctor, taking medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce pain and swelling, and rest for several days while holding the weight of the leg.

But in the wild, sprained ankle can be disastrous. For miles to the nearest road, and human settlements, in heavy ground, if you can not walk, you will be forced to spend the night in the open. If you do not prepare for such situations, the common injury may very cool threaten your survival.


This situation is reminiscent of the most important rule: always carry a basic means of survival. You never know what will happen next outing, and even simple injuries or mistakes can put you in terms of survival, to which you should be prepared. No matter where you're going, even if for a short walk, always wear the necessary items for survival. This simple rule may very well save your life.

After an ankle injury, you could simply open the emergency kit, get a tablet of ibuprofen or aspirin, and wash it down with a glass of clean water. It would be able to reduce the pain and swelling in the ankle, would provide comfort and, hopefully, would mobilize to get out of the wilderness.

But what if you were alone with nature without any medication in an emergency kit? You may have been injured a few days ago and took the last aspirin. Or you have no survival kit with you.

NATURAL Painkillers

Jacques Cartier and his men in 1535, I was surrounded by a forest, completely filled with natural medicines. All that I needed — a bit of knowledge to use it. Once again (see edible pine bark) helps us wood: aspen, otherwise known as "poplar".


Since ancient times, it was known that the bark of certain trees has healing properties to reduce the temperature, pain, and inflammation. A special ingredient contained in the bark, — one of the most powerful painkillers in nature.

Fever, muscle pain, osteoarthritis, headache, menstrual cramps, arthritis and inflammation, including bursitis, tendonitis, sprains and injuries like — all of which can be cured with a dose of natural salicin, derived from the bark of these trees.

In the 19th century, scientists were able to extract from the bark of trees and identify salicin as a potent painkiller, and then develop and sell synthetic version — acetylsalicylic acid, which we now know as "aspirin".

Aspirin — it is the most widely used drug in the world. In fact, every year the world consumes about 40 million pounds of aspirin. Even despite the fact that now the majority of us uses a synthetic version of salicin for pain relief, a strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent contained in the bark of trees, does not lose its relevance.

Trees containing salicin

Salicin is a part of the inner bark (phloem, bast fiber) of trees and shrubs willow family:

  • Osinovidny poplar (Populus tremuloides)
  • Coarsely poplar (Populus grandidentata)
  • Willow white, or silver, white willow, beloloz (Salix alba)
  • Black willow (Salix nigra)
  • Yves brittle or broom (Salix fragilis)
  • Purple willow (Salix purpurea)
  • Babylonian willow (weeping) (Salix babylonica)


In the picture you can see how I stretched massaging his ankle, and right in front of me — the best natural remedy for pain and swelling, which can be found in the wild: the inner bark (phloem layer) poplar.

Poplar — Pioneers in the trees. In areas with impaired environment, these trees take root first, and growing faster than other types and can grow to a height of 3 meters or more in a single season. On the other picture I'm standing next to a young tree. Note the very large leaves that grow directly from the main stem of the plant.

Salicin, you are looking for is contained in the inner bark of the tree, also known as the cambium. The inner bark is actually a living plant tissue and is located between the outer coarse bark and hard wood.

Phloem, phloem layer or inner bark — The words are synonymous.

Cambium — nourishing layer, which is a part of the inner bark.

In the spring and early summer, the bark is easily removed. It can be chewed or directly make tea, bark soaked in hot water.

At other times of the year you will not be able to clean the bark without additional effort. In this case, it will be easier to scrape together the outer and inner cortex, using a sharp-edged knife. See how I just scraped the bark on a tree stump.

The smell and taste of poplar bark resembles aspirin. Bark can be chewed and swallowed a handful of liquid. If you do not like to chew, then boil for ten minutes about two teaspoons of the inner bark in a cup of water. Allow to cool slightly before serving the drink. Three or four cups of this tea can be taken daily.

REMEMBER: Take only what you need and keep the rest intact. Do not harm the trees, removing the bark from the trunk directly. Instead, use twigs to reduce the harmful effects.

Respect nature!

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