Prepper Book Festival: Heal Local 20 Essential Herbs for DIY Home Healthcare

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Updated Jul 3, 2019 (Orig - Jan 12, 2017)

 

 

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Over the past few years, I have acquired a sizeable library of books and eBooks on natural remedies.  Some are good to use as a reference but somewhat dry, boring, and overly technical.  Others are fluff or simply a glorified blog post article.  A select few are outstanding and today’s book is one of them.

Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare by Dawn Combs is one of those rare books that takes an overwhelming subject and breaks it down into manageable bites. The book begins with an extensive discussion of developing a local medicine community and the value of using healing herbs we can grow ourselves. It then moves on to the many ways you can put these herbs to use, whether as a tincture, oil infusion, steam pot, salve, bone broth, vinegar or any of a number of other methods that can be used administer herbs in emergency and first aid situations.

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Something that has been irksome in the past is to pick up a book on herbal medicine only to be presented with a list of 100 different herbs, all recommended for the home apothecary.  Talk about overwhelming!  I like that Dawn focuses only on twenty common herbs. These same herbs are those she matches up with specific ailments.  This makes it very easy to get started using herbs in our daily lives before a survival situation sets in.

Today I share an interview with Dawn plus I have three copies of her book up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Dawn Combs, Author of Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for DIY Home Healthcare

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

My book has at its core my belief that we have been disconnected from our heritage of home healthcare. Those of us who are better off go to our gardens for food but we still have to go to the pharmacy for our medicine. We have reincorporated the idea that our food should be local, but we still buy a preparation that is highly processed if it is natural and made by a nameless factory or lab if it is not. Only by learning how to care for ourselves and re-establishing the medicine in our garden rows, side by side with our food, can we truly be self-sufficient.

The book demonstrates how to re-establish a local medicine economy, including growers, makers and even medical professionals. I show how to care for almost 100 ailments using only 20 herbs, thereby demonstrating that a small apothecary where you don’t have to know every herb on the planet is possible. Finally, I show how to take care of the family using common sense methods of evaluation and an awareness of where home skills end and a medical professional may be necessary.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

My research in both of my books to date has been in living on our homestead and caring for our family in the way I teach.

How long did it take to write?

That depends on what you mean! I think I write my books in my head for a couple years as I go about my daily work and interact with my community. Then in about a month’s time I sit down and move it from my brain to paper.

Every book, fiction, and non-fiction includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

The Buy Local, Eat Local movement is an important one and they got the message partly right, but we need to add “Heal Local”. The natural supplement industry takes in more than a billion dollars a year. Imagine what our communities cold look like if we kept that money in our downtowns and in our own pockets!

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a wife and mother first and foremost. My family and their health is what started me on the journey to helping other people with theirs. I am happiest when I am outside in nature, either the woods or near the water. I attract injured animals like a magnet, and my self-sufficiency model can best be summed up by my favorite british t.v. show, “Good Neighbors”.

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I am keenly aware that the current healthcare system is unsustainable. We have given up the power over our bodies by taking on the idea that we can’t “know” them without a medical degree. This has created a situation where no one knows how to manage even the most minor health issues at home.

Our emergency rooms and doctor’s offices are clogged with minor issues and our doctors don’t have enough time to really devote their attention to folks who really need it. Mistakes are being made, people are becoming sicker and we don’t take proper responsibility for ourselves. The system in this state cannot go on.

I am attempting to prepare as many people as will listen how to slow down and search for the real problem, rather than chasing symptoms. I am devoted to sharing a roadmap back to health independence.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Begin by learning some of the plants in the backyard that can be used for health and first aid.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

Hmm… I’m not really a doom and gloom type of person. I don’t think the breakdown of our medical system will be cataclysmic. Instead, I think we will continue to see a slow deterioration of services and a lack of access for most people.

truthfully don’t see this a necessarily a bad thing, but there will be many that are hurt by it as they won’t be prepared with the knowledge, won’t be ready to change their mentality and won’t be interested in the work it requires. Those people will either have to find someone to teach them how to catch up or they might be among those in society that won’t make it.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes. I’m working on a few pitches right now. I think the next book will focus on what healthy digestion looks like, how to achieve it and what the consequences look like when we don’t make it the focus of our eating. I’m also working on the book after that which is most likely going to be a holistic view of the endocrine system (thyroid, adrenal glands, reproductive, etc.).

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

The knowledge of how to use our native plants is not new age, it is what we should have learned from our grandparents. This is our heritage and we are allowing a cultural preference for medical authority to convince us that we aren’t capable of the techniques and critical thinking involved in self-care.

If we don’t work to keep this knowledge in front of ourselves and our children, we are in danger of losing it altogether and that would truly leave us open to extinction. The truth is, no matter how many survival skills you have, if you are only focused on how you will practice first aid in a crisis, such as war or cultural collapse, but forget to gather the skills you will need in the life that you lead afterwards…. You aren’t truly self-sufficient.

The Giveaway

Dawn and her publisher have reserved three copies of hers book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

A special word about the giveaway question/comment:  Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”.  This week’s question is:

Name one herb or other plant-based item you would like to learn more about relative to wellness and healthcare.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM MST Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

I love this book and it probably shows.  The content in reasonable with no reference to over-the-top, outrageous claims for curing every imaginable disease on the planet. The writing style and voice is pleasant and personal, and the included recipes make me what to head to the kitchen and start infusing some ginger, garlic, and cayenne in olive oil (separately, not together).

As much as I embrace essential oils for day to day wellness and first aid, I understand essential oils themselves are not a do it yourself proposition.  Essential oils are typically created through steam distillation using stills and other specialized equipment generally unavailable to consumers. On the other hand, herbs are easily grown in pots or garden beds and often are found in the wild.

It makes sense then, as preppers, to learn about using herbs for DIY home healthcare not only to promote wellness, but to give us alternatives for those times when commercial medicines and essential oils are not readily available.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye


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Spotlight:  Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare

Most of us understand the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods, and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans, and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment, and our communities.

This innovative guide demonstrates that by harnessing multifaceted whole plants, we can rely on homegrown or regionally produced herbs rather than importing exotics and non-natives. Based on the small apothecary model, author Dawn Combs explains how to:

  • Maximize the benefits of homegrown first aid, from increased freshness, potency, and effectiveness to community resilience and local economic growth
  • Make home herbal healthcare less intimidating and more attainable, by focusing on twenty herbs to effectively treat most common injuries and ailments
  • Implement a local medicine culture safely and sustainably, while protecting and respecting wild plant populations

Many herbals overwhelm their readers, presenting a list of hundreds of herbs, each with a different purpose. Heal Local empowers readers by showing that you don’t need to know everything about every herb on the planet to create a complete home apothecary.

Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

Survival Medicine Handbook 2016

 

 

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86 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival: Heal Local 20 Essential Herbs for DIY Home Healthcare”

  1. Thanks again!
    I’d like to learn more about Arnica.

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  2. Spearmint. It grows wild around this area and would be easy to cultivate a bed near our home.

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  3. I would like to learn more about comfrey.

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  4. There are several, but right now burdock root, plantain, chicory.

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  5. Honeysuckle would be my choice.

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  6. wormwood. as antifungal and antiparasite.

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  7. I would love to know more about lavender! It’s beautiful but difficult, got me, too establish this plant. I love the smell and some of the healing properties I’ve read in other books.

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  8. Lambs ear and mint.

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  9. I’d say comfrey, plantain, & all the mints.

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  10. I wouldn’t know where to start which makes this book an excellent resource.

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  11. All of them! Unfortunately I have to buy all of mine because I have no space to grow them & being in an agricultural community where no one grows anything organic, everything wild has carryover from spraying.

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  12. Moringa seems to be all I am hearing about is how wonderful it is, I would all more detailed information.

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  13. Mints, horehound, burdock, Plantain, dandelions.
    Dandelions are conspicuously absent here in the high & dry mountain valleys of New Mexico (7,000 feet elevation). I have attempted transplanting them when I can find one or two without much success.

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  14. The many uses of Aloe.

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  15. I’m a newbie when it comes to herbs and such, so I need to start with the basics.

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  16. I’m interested in st johns wort. e.

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  17. Parsley

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  18. I would like to learn more about mint

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  19. Comfrey seems to be the one that I find the least amount of information on.

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  20. Dandelions. They are so prevalent and I’ve read they have lots of good qualities. Can you use the ones that just come up in your yard?

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  21. I’d like to learn more about Melissa, Peppermint, Spearmint. All in the same family but they work some what differently. I would like to learn more about them.

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  22. I have scheduled 2017 to be the year I learn, grow and use herbs. Each year I try to focus on one primary subject. My knowledge of herbs would be lost in a thimble. Help!

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  23. Echinacea (purple cone flower). And parsley.

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  24. Cactus for edible & medicinal uses.

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  25. I would love to know more about Turmeric and learn about making infusions..

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  26. I would have to say mint and lavendar

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  27. I would like to learn about horse nettle

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  28. It’s difficult to pick just one. We have so much growing in our yard (like plantain, comfrey, lambs quarters, catsear, henbit – what I’d really like to learn is how to use it after I’ve saved (dried) it – what can I make with it?

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  29. I would like to learn more about the uses for tea tree oil.

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  30. I would like to learn about peppermint.

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  31. I would love to learn more about the uses of comfrey.

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  32. Peppermint, I see herbal information saying peppermint is good for the stomach but don’t say how. Finding information is like shooting a firehose at a teacup.

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    • Well put. Made me chuckle.

  33. I would appreciate learning more uses for the CATNIP/CATMINT that volunteers all over my yard. I pull up many plants each year, against the wishes of our feline friends.

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  34. I would like to learn more about how to use lavender.

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  35. Burdock, comfrey and astralgus

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  36. I love reading these books and learning more important info I can use someday…
    Gaye, Thanks for doing what you do…

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  37. Mesquite, since there are so many trees around me

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  38. Not sure but I will go with the mints and comfrey.

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  39. I’d like to learn more about cottonwood. I’ve seen some information that the resin has wonderful healing qualities and it’s very commonly available.

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  40. I would like to learn more about sage and goldenseal.

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  41. Aloe vera – I have some growing but how best to apply and use it?

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  42. Mullein is one I’d like to know more about, especially for uses in asthma cases.

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  43. Since I have mint growing everywhere and I know it is good to make tea with. What else is it good for?

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  44. I would like to know more about Mustard, lemon balm and tumeric

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  45. Gaye, I don’t know who I’ve learned more from—you or Dawn and her articles in Mother Earth News. I have used you both as mentors and guides as I have learned about herbs and how to use and grow them. This year, I’m concentrating on oregon grape and bay laurel. Would love this book.
    Thank you both for teaching you have done and will continue to do.

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  46. I would like to really dive in and learn more about comfrey and try growing some this summer 🙂

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  47. burdock

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  48. Definitely an article on dandelions. I know you’ve mentioned them in the past, but how to prepare them in various ways for various ailments would make a great article!

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  49. I would like to learn more about Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa).

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  50. Just saw something about burdock root on a show I watch, but would be more interested in local plants. Need to do more research.

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  51. I would like to see more on Arnica uses and methodology.

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  52. I would love to know more about solomons seal

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  53. Hmmm, yarrow and mints of all types.

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  54. Really I need to learn about all of them. However if I have to name one, I will name comfrey as the one I would most like to learn about because It was used in the book The Journal.

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  55. I am very ignorant when it comes to herbs. It’s one of my biggest areas of weakness. So, to say I’d like to learn about one particular herb isn’t possible. I don’t know enough about them to narrow it down to one. However, I’d like to learn about herbs for lung strength. Thanks for your awesome giveaways!

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  56. Parsley, for one.

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  57. I would love to learn about plants that can be used as bandages and those that are helpful in relieving a panic attack.

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  58. Have been trying to figure out the best reference for using natural remedies.

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  59. I would like more information on Black Cohosh, Chamomile, Feverfew. I would also like to know how to keep Parsley, Garlic, Mint, Sage, Lemon Grass, and Lavender alive when growing the plants.

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  60. I would like to learn about as many as I can. Unfortunately, I haven’t taken the time to learn about natural herbs like I’ve wanted to. I’ve been focusing more on essential oils. This would be the perfect book to help me get started on herbs

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  61. Melissa

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  62. I would like to learn more about using Lavender and Lemon Balm and Arnica.

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  63. I would like to learn more about rosemary – I hear it has many medicinal purposes, besides tasting good!

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  64. Willow, for sure. Lots and lots of it where I live!

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  65. Harvesting and storing

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  66. I would like to learn about thyme

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  67. I hope to hear about plantain

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  68. More info on Aloe Vera.

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  69. Not sure which single herb, but I would like to start a small herb garden and would like to know what is best to get started with.

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  70. Comfrey and plantain. Can they be grown in boxes like herbs?

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  71. Comfrey

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  72. I’d like to learn about cayenne pepper, especially as a first aid herb.

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  73. Dandelions, spruce and cottonwood trees.

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  74. Rosemary….

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  75. I am new at this and I do not know where to start. TEACH ME PLEASE.

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  76. I am just beginning to learn about herbs, so appreciate all information and would really like to have this book. thanks.

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  77. Do not know if these strictly qualify as herbs, but have strong interest in the usages for garlic and elderberry.

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  78. There are many. I would like to start by learning about things that may be growing wild in my yard. I know I have plantain and some of its uses.

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  79. Comfrey, to start.

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  80. would like to learn more about moringa seeds and the healing properties of it and tumeric

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  81. Catnip… my cat LOVES it, but I had no idea it had so many healing/medicinal properties!

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  82. I would like to learn about turmeric.

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  83. I am interested in learning more about anything that is good for cholesterol/plaque formation prevention or reversal. My doctor wants me on statins and I know there is something in natural healing/herbs that doesn’t have the side effects of all the chemicals in prescription drugs.

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  84. I would like to learn about basil.

    Thank you very much for your giveaways!

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  85. Sage, parsley

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