The things I think about after growing food, shelter and safety is what would you do for medicine. This is a link for Culpepers herbal that is difficult to find and its in a searchable format. I do have the original scanned text in a searchable format but 32mbs is alot of file. The searchable part is somewhat problematic because this is written in Old English and so the spelling is sometimes different. For instance garlic can sometimes be spelled garlyc. This version is cleaned up for most of that but you can still miss stuff when you search. Alternative Medicine - Culpepers Herbal | Survival Forums This site has numerous references for herbal and plant identification as well as medicinal recipes Michael Moore - SW School of Botanical Medicine Home Page Im just going to post herbs as i have time. But here is a list of my top 5 favorites (ok 6) =) 1) Basil 2) Aloe Vera 3) Mint 4) Oregano 5) milk thistle 6) nettle 7) Dock leaf (if you are growing nettle you might as well grow Dock leaf to take the sting out) Garden Herbs and Medicine: Grow, Harvest, Use | Page 3 | Survival Forums 8) Purslane- Purslane | Survival Forums 9) Moringa Tree - Moringa Trees ? | Survival Forums BASIL GROWING well drained soil, warm temp, fertilze once a month if indoors, prune from top frequently! HARVESTING Harvest from the top. The smaller leaves have the potency and the larger leaves at the bottom are the engine for this plant so leave the big leaves at the bottom. USING Good for cuts, scrapes and stings in a salve you can make tinctures but I think they are alot of work. Use Dried leaves (or green) and infuse in oil of your choice, I use alot of olive oil. Leave for 4-6 weeks for potency. You can use the heat-infused method by I don't get consistent results. 1 cup oil (i cold infuse in olive oil 1st for 4-6 weeks, heat method simmer on low for 3 hours) 1 oz dried leaves 1/2 oz beeswax 1/4 tsp Vitamin E for smell good you can add essential oils or use a therapeutic EO After infusion is completed strain oil to remove leaves Use double boiler, combine infused oil and beeswax melt To test of rthe correct consistency, place a pea-sized amount on wax paper and place in freezer for a few min, add more wax if not firm enough or more oil if too firm. Remove from heat Pour in tins or jars and let cool For more ideas on preparation and what infusion, tinctures, etc see the resource guide on Colds and Flu... it has a great description of the differences. Alternative Medicine - Herbal Guide for Cold and Flu | Survival Forums My biggest concern if we ever do run out of main stream medicine or SHTF is what to do about oil. I use coconut and olive oil but I don't process these myself. Same with the Vitamin E oil that I add to some things. The Herb Society of America So two questions: 1) what are your favorite herbs that you grow, harvest, and use 2) any brilliant suggestions on oils would be great. I hate to resort to rendered fat but its possible.