Herbal Medicine / Open Lines

Hosted byIan Punnett

Herbal Medicine / Open Lines

About the show

Self-reliance and backyard food production expert Marjory Wildcraft joined guest host Ian Punnett (Twitter) to discuss herbal medicine and how to become a home medicine maker. Wildcraft offers a medicine kit on her website, which teaches people how to make basic home remedies to treat 95 percent of common ailments. She outlined some of what the kit offers, including when to harvest and how to use fresh plants, how to make herbal pills, infusions, tinctures, salves, and wound sprays. Wildcraft specifically mentioned how arnica flowers can be utilized to create a liniment that soothes sore muscles, bruises, and sprains, as well as the medicinal power of wild lettuce tinctures for use as a pain killer as effective as opioids.

Wildcraft shared the true story of doing the impossible with herbs when she was bitten by a venomous copperhead snake. "It really didn't even cross my mind to go to the hospital... I really felt we could treat it at home," she said. The treatment involved creating a slurry of prickly pear, submerging the foot into the mix for eight hours at a time, then repeating the steps, Wildcraft explained. The pain went away the next day, she admitted, noting she also took garlic as an internal antibiotic. "One of the distinctions about herbal medicine is usually you want to do two, three, four different things," she revealed.


Open Lines followed in the latter half of the program. Nathan in Ohio recalled having nightmares, deja vu, and supernatural experiences on a regular basis, which convinced him he had been targeted by demonic entities. According to Nathan, on one occasion lit a black candle and attempted to conjure a demon to answer his questions, including wanting to know if he had sold his soul as a child for the chance to be a werewolf. "This force filled my house... it was like the atmosphere of the house became visible, and it was like a heaviness in the room," he said. After that, he remembers being abducted by humans who wanted to see what he had done.

Joe from Long Island suggested maritime pine bark could be used as a Viagra replacement. The medicine is produced from trees in the Mediterranean region and can be readily found online, he explained. Todd in California told Ian about his intolerance to chamomile. According to Todd, he was able to ingest chamomile tea as a child, but when he had it as an adult, it messed with his heart and nearly killed him. Mike from Colorado asked Ian if Hell was real place since some near-death experiencers claim to have been there. According to Ian, Hell may be a state but not a place. "Heaven is filled with people who are forgiven and Hell is filled with people who cannot forgive themselves," he said.

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