Survival medicine 101: Three natural remedies for pain relief, infections and for improving heart health
08/01/2020 // Divina Ramirez // Views

Herbs and plants make for potent medicines and holistic treatments for a range of ailments, from muscle pain to bacterial infections. These natural remedies also do not cause harmful side effects like drugs and are cost-efficient to boot.

In one of his recent articles published online, prepper and natural medicine proponent Claude Davis shared three of his grandfather's most potent remedies made using medicinal plants. These remedies succeed despite the failures of modern medication to treat the same health issues, said Davis.

He also noted that each of these remedies performs for a particular purpose. One helps neutralize pain, another combats life-threatening bacterial infections and the last eliminates cholesterol plaque, a major biomarker for heart disease.

Potent natural remedies

The three remedies are made from plants that can be found in abundance throughout the U.S. These plants include Cotyledon tomentosa, Usnea barbata and Crataegus oxyacantha. Read on to learn about the in-depth benefits of and preparation methods used for each one.

Angry bear paw

According to Davis, his grandfather had used this first remedy to either treat hurt soldiers on the battlefield or ease the pain of dying ones. His grandfather had learned it from a Native American healer adept at using medicinal plants and remedies.

It involves using the leaves of bear's paw (C. tomentosa), a plant endemic to South Africa. Davis' grandfather ground and boiled the leaves and kept stirring until he had a dark and viscous substance.


He strained it and then left it to simmer for another three to four hours until the substance became darker and thicker. This can then be consumed as is like cough syrup for fast-acting relief from intense pain.

Log man's mending fur

Old man's beard (U. barbata) is a lichen that can be found on the trunks and exposed roots of trees in the high altitude forests of Colorado. Davis had used his grandfather's remedy made from U. barbata for himself to treat an infection caused by the antibiotic-resistant bacterium Staphylococcus aureus.

S. aureus is a pathogenic bacterium that often causes pneumonia. Experts consider it the deadliest strain among the Staphylococcus bacteria because it tends to invade the lungs.

In fact, Davis notes that of the more than 500,000 Americans that catch this deadly bacterium every year, about 50,000 of them end up dead due to fatal complications from their infections.

Scientists attribute the potent antibacterial properties of U. barbata to usnic acid, a bioactive compound found in lichens. U. barbata itself has been used as an antimicrobial agent under the name “Song Lo” in traditional Chinese medicine.

To create an antibacterial medicine from this lichen, grind an ounce of it then place it in a saucepan. Pour in 5 oz of vodka and let the mixture simmer for two hours. The resulting substance can then be applied directly onto the site of the infection.

Red beak powder

This third medicine, Davis explains, he learned from an old woman whom his grandfather had treated decades ago. The woman had been taking maintenance medicines for her high cholesterol and high blood pressure, but the medicines took a toll on her liver.

To help minimize the harmful effects of the medicines and put her off medication for good, Davis' grandfather recommended consuming the ground berries of the C. oxyacantha tree instead of taking blood pressure and cholesterol medications.

The ground berries proved to be effective and the woman ended up stopping her medication, thus giving time for her liver to regenerate and recover from the harmful effects of the medicines.

Experts have since studied the reported cardioprotective and hepatoprotective effects of C. oxyacantha and found evidence in support of both.

In 2013, Chinese scientists found that C. oxyacantha can protect the heart and blood vessels from oxidative stress due to free radicals and high cholesterol levels. Oxidative stress is a major concern in the pathogenesis of myocardial ischemia that can lead to a heart attack.

C. oxyacantha has also been found to stimulate the regeneration of damaged liver cells and support overall liver health. (Related: Poor man's ginseng found to protect against liver damage.)

These potent remedies are made from commonplace plants that offer incredible medicinal properties and health benefits. As Davis points out, these plants can be quite useful in times of crisis and emergencies.

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