Medicinal Plants
The bark of the willow tree contains salicylic acid, or aspirin. If you peel the bark off the tree you can wrap it around a wound and secure it for pain relief.  Blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, dates, raisins, guavas, apricots, green pepper, olives, tomatoes, radish, mushrooms and chicory also contain salicylic acid. Some herbs and spices contain quite high amounts.

Treatment for nausea, diarrhea
Fighting fatigue

Plants Poisonous To Humans - Prevention And Remedies
There are many varieties of plants to watch out for when you're walking in the wilderness. Many bengin plants have poisonous look-alikes and it pays to keep these in mind when you're in the wilderness.

Poison Ivy looks like a plant called Virginia Creeper. The way you can tell them apart is to take a close look at the leaves. Virginia Creeper has five leaves at the end of each stem, while poison Ivy only has three.

1. Rubbing sticky creek mud on your skin dries and forms a barrier against poisonous plants and bugs.

The irritant in all species of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac is an oily resin known as toxicodendrol. This oily resin is found in the leaves, stems, roots and berries of all of these plants. When this resin comes in contact with skin or fingernails, it clings there and becomes tightly bound within minutes. This means that the most important thing to do is to make sure you wash all areas that were exposed to poison ivy, oak or sumac with soap and water immediately. Even a small delay gives the resin all the time it needs to become tightly bound to the skin and cause a reaction.

Wilderness Treatments:
1. Plants containing "Steroidal Saponins" can be used to treat skin irritation. Simply crush the root with a lillte water and apply to skin. Beans and Spinache are two common foods that contain steroidal saponins.

Nature is chalk full of medicine. Long before there were stores and synthetic drugs, the only cures available to people were straight off the land they lived on. Learning where to find medicines and how to apply them in the wilderness is an essential skill. Here are some common ailments and the remedies you can find in the wilderness.
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