Growing your fruits, veggies and herbs is always a good idea. But, have you ever considered growing healing trees in your backyard? Plant a few of these trees to have a lifelong supply of effective home remedies.
Mother Nature has pretty much everything you need, so try to learn more about natural healing.
In spring and summer, you can use the leaves to treat your symptoms. In cold winter days, you can use the bark and the roots of these trees.
Before we start with the most beneficial healing trees for your home garden, let’s go through some tips and advice on how to collect, store and use these remedies.
-- Don’t cut the bark off the living tree. It will die off eventually. Use the bark from branches or roots of a fallen tree.
-- The cambium is the most beneficial part of the bark. It’s the living green or yellow layer underneath the outer hard bark. You can dry it before the use or just keep it for further use.
-- Scatter the pieces of bark in a shady area, and let them dry completely. Make sure the pieces don’t overlap. Once dried, you can simmer two teaspoons of dried bark in 8 ounces of water for 20 minutes. Strain and enjoy your tea. Keep the tea in a glass jar with the lid on for a week. In the fridge, of course.
-- Pick the leaves in the period between early spring and summer solstice. Tie them in a bundle, and hang them in a cool, shady place. Steep 2 teaspoons of dried leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water for 20 minutes. Don’t forget to put the lid on. Strain and enjoy your tea.
Top 6 healing trees for your backyard
1. Pine tree
Use pine needles to make tea rich in vitamin C. steep a handful of pine needles for 5-10 minutes, and strain. Steeping the needles longer than this would destroy the vitamin content.
Be careful, there are poisonous varieties. You should never ever use pine needles from Ponderosa Pine, AKA the Bull Pine, Blackjack Pine, and Western Yellow Pine, as well as the Yew and the Norfolk Island Pine.
Pine needles are as effective as dried pine bark. Vitamin C is important for your immune system, and it optimizes the production of white blood cells. Let’s not forget that this vitamin provides an excellent antioxidant kick and helps in preventing chronic diseases.
Vitamin A and carotenoids in pine back act as antioxidants. This is beneficial for your eyes as it prevents cataracts, improves vision and slows down the onset of age-related macular degeneration. Pine back can also enhance your respiratory health, prevent damage caused by dangerous pathogens, boost blood circulation and make your hair and skin beautiful.
Harvest pine nuts from the tree directly. They are edible and tasty when prepared properly. Roast the pine nuts, and enjoy the abundance of healthy fats and antioxidants.
2. Birch tree
Birch trees have thin bark that peels easily. Each variety has wintergreen flavor, and provides excellent remedies. Use birch sap to make a refreshing drink, and the leaves make incredible tea and infused oils.
Birch water is packed with vitamins, proteins, amino acids and minerals. The silky saps has a similar taste to maple syrup. It has been used as a healing tonic in Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic Countries for centuries.
Thanks to its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and cleansing effect, the sap is used as a nutritional supplement. This tree provides a laxative effect, and you can use it to remove waste from your body.
It has incredible power when used as a painkiller in cases of gout and rheumatism. Birch reduces fluid retention and aids in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. According to a study, birch sap contains betulinic acid, known for its anti-tumor effect.
A group of researchers at Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania studied the effect of betulinic acid against cervical, breast and skin cancer cells. The birch bark extract inhibits the growth of skin and cervical cancer.
3. Cedar trees
French explorer Jacques Cartier thought that the northern white cedar tree should be known as the “tree of life” because his crew survived scurvy with its help. Scurvy develops in vitamin C deficient people.
Cedar is packed with this vitamin, and it can provide great results when used as a remedy for fever, chest cold and flu. Cedar bath is an excellent remedy for colds. You can use cedar twigs and branches to make tea.
When dried and burned as incense, cedar “fixes” your emotions and clears your mind. Native tribes used it to clean their homes. Cedar is also used in sweat lodge ceremonies as it’s believed that it offers strong protection. Cedar branches are spread across the floor and around the lodge.
4. Elm trees
You can use the slippery elmis to make a bark salve and poultice. This remedy has great effect when placed on the abdominal area, and it was also used in the treatment of gunshot wounds.
Elm trees have a sticky and fragrant bark. Use it to make tea and heal your bones or sore throat. This tea can also relieve your bowel issues such as colitis, duodenal ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and gastritis.
The mucilage is made up of complex carbs, and it’s easy to digest. You can ground the inner bark of elm trees, and eat it instead of your regular porridge. Its taste and consistency are pretty similar to oatmeal, and your nutritious meal offers an excellent antioxidant kick.
5. Linden trees
There are 80 species of linden native to Europe. You can use the flowers, leaves and extracts of linden tree to treat your existing condition or decorate your home.
Linden root and bark has been used as a remedy for burns, and Native Americans also made tea to relieve headaches. Linden can also provide a relief to those dealing with spasms, coughs, pain and epilepsy.
The flowers are the most commonly used part of linden trees. Linden flower tea relieves nervous headaches, indigestion, nerve issues and heart palpitations. You can also use linden to relieve nasal congestion. It’s often added to lotion as a remedy for itchy skin.
The best use of linden tea is for relieving anxiety. It relieves mental stress and soothes your nerves. For optimal effect, drink a cup or two of linden tea every day. You will be able to notice a difference almost immediately.
Kaempferol and quercetin in linden tea fight free radicals and optimize overall health. Drink this tea to get an incredible anti-inflammatory remedy and treat gout or arthritis.
6. Oak trees
Oak trees are used from pretty much anything that includes food, healing, ceremonies and construction. This tree is considered sacred in many cultures.
Native Americans used it in the treatment of swelling, tumor, bleeding and dysentery. In Europe, herbalists use it as a diuretic and antidote (poisoning).
Use the bark to make tea and treat diarrhea and ulcers. This tea can also provide a great relief in those dealing with sore throat.
Dry the inner back of oak trees, and grind it into a powder. It can help you stop nosebleeds. Add some water to make paste, and apply it on your skin to relieve burns, wounds or poison ivy burns.