Most modern drugs, legal or otherwise, are created in a laboratory, but the fact remains that most originally began in the wild.  Growing naturally in the Earth’s incredibly diverse eco-systems.  Following are a list of a few of our modern drugs, in their natural, pre-processed form. 

Opium poppy (heroin, morphine, codeine).  Blue agave (Tequila).  Coca leaves (cocaine).  Ephedra sinica (Sudafed, meth).  Psilocybin mushroom (shrooms).  Willow bark (aspirin).  I remember my dad telling me about that one.  Sassafras root (ecstasy).  Penicillium mold (penicillin). 

My dad’s youngest brother, whom still lives in Pikeville, Kentucky, is probably the most intelligent person that I know of when it comes to plant-based medicine.  It is literally like walking into a classroom, when you enter the woods with that man.  His knowledge is beyond impressive.  When my dad passed one of my favorite inheritances was a book, which my dad and uncle referred to, as the Bible of plant medicines.  

New Revised Edition Jethro Kloss (Back to Eden):  Next to the real Bible, this is probably my second-most referenced book in my life.  It is 886 pages, plus 14 reference pages, of hard-earned knowledge of plants, barks, mushrooms, roots etc. and their medicinal uses. The recipes are so incredibly detailed, anyone could use this book.   

The book is loaded with stories of different patients and how he has treated them.  One that stands out is about a man whose big toe was so sore that he could not work.  Faced with only household items, Kloss treated the foot thusly: “I washed his foot in very warm water and then applied hydrogen peroxide every few minutes, until the foot was perfectly clean and the peroxide did not bubble anymore. This treatment alone relieved the inflammation so much that the young man could resume his work.” 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone of interest. 

God bless you all,

RHM