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Poisonous, Medicinal, Edible Plants Survivalists Need To Remember

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We would much more prefer staying within the safety of our shelters and prepper bunkers, however it’s a possibility you will be pushed out from the safety of your shelter when faced with a hostile group. When this occurs you will need to start utilizing your surroundings to sustain your life and defend yourself until another suitable shelter can be established, or your now captured shelter can be recovered. In addition, these plants should be a part of your survival repertoire regardless of your current status.

It is vital that you can identify the wild edible plants that you intend to utilize. Some edible plants have deadly poisonous look-alikes. Good field guides are invaluable. The best guides clearly explain identification, collection, and preparation techniques.

Note: These plants and their uses are purely theoretical use only to be used in a life or death situation and should not be implemented in current society.

Poisonous Plants for Survival


  • Toxic Element: Whole plant
  • Symptom: Cicutoxin destroys the central nervous system causing death
  • Habitat: Common around roadside and vegetated areas

Hyacinth, Narcissus, Daffodil

  • Toxic Element: Bulbs containing oxalic acid
  • Symptom: Possibly fatal causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Habitat: Common flower found in the US


  • Poisonous Element: Leaves
  • Symptom: Intense cardiac arrest
  • Habitat: Texas, California


  • Poisonous Element: Entire Plant
  • Symptom: Intense burning and irritation of the mouth and tongue
  • Habitat: Common household plant

Rosary Pea

  • Poisonous Element: Seed
  • Symptom: Death
  • Habitat: Florida

Wild Cherries

  • Poisonous Element: Twigs
  • Symptom: Releases cyanide inducing prostration and eventually death
  • Habitat: Common outdoor plant

Castor Bean Plant

  • Poisonous Element: Entire Plant
  • Symptom: Most toxic plant that release ricin and causes abdominal pain, vomiting and could kill in less than three days
  • Habitat: Common plant in the southwest

Medicinal Plants for Survival

Lady Ferns

  • Medicinal Element: Mashed Leaves
  • Medicinal Use: Relieves paint from minor cuts, burns and stinging
  • Habitat: Pacific Northwest and Common Household Plant

California Poppy

  • Medicinal Element: Entire Plant Stewed
  • Medicinal Use: As an mild opioid can relieve anxiety for adults and children
  • Habitat: California


  • Medicinal Element: Entire Plant
  • Medicinal Use: Treats morning sickness, nausea, kidney stones, kidney pain and UTI’s
  • Habitat: Multiple regions across the US depending on season


  • Medicinal Element: Entire Plant
  • Medicinal Use: Reduces swelling, can be used as Nyquil, gas and stomach aches, and must not be consumed by nursing or pregnant women
  • Habitat: Readily available across the US


  • Medicinal Element: Leaves
  • Medicinal Use: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-fungal
  • Habitat: Readily available across the US


  • Medicinal Element: Fruit
  • Medicinal Use: Rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins
  • Habitat: Grows wild in coast and highly vegetated areas but readily available in most of the US


  • Medicinal Element: Bulb
  • Medicinal Use: Highly effective for poison ivy and poison oak
  • Habitat: Northern America


  • Medicinal Element: Bulb
  • Medicinal Use: Antibiotic
  • Habitat: Readily available across the US

Nutritious Plants

The following plants grow naturally and can sustain human life, but we have to stress the importance of preppers and survival gurus being well informed on plant identification. These plants will sustain your life for an indeterminate amount of time but one mistake can lead to your ruin. Educate yourself and add a plant identifier to your bug out bag.

  • Wild onions
  • Wild garlic
  • Wild leeks
  • Camas
  • Glacier lilies
  • Spring beauty
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • Salmonberry
  • Hawthorn
  • Wild strawberry
  • Cranberry
  • Nettles C
  • Huckleberry
  • Pennycress
  • Watercress
  • Mint
  • Dandelion
  • Sunflower
  • Chicory
  • Thistle
  • Oaks
  • Chestnuts
  • Spruce
  • Hemlock
  • Pine

Note about berries from Livestrong: Several berry plants have been shown to provide antibiotic benefits. Cranberries have long been used by women to prevent and cure urinary tract infections, and in the 1990s, scientists working in Tel Aviv discovered that the monosaccharide fructose present in both cranberry and blueberry juices inhibited the growth of bacteria. Likewise, raspberry juice has been used as a folk remedy in Australia for treating various bacterial infections, and researchers from the School of Biomedical Sciences at Australia’s Charles Stuart University have verified that raspberry extracts significantly reduced the growth of several species of bacteria, including salmonella, shigella and E. coli.

Source: https://uscrow.org/2012/12/28/poisonous-medicinal-nutritional-wild-plants-for-survivalists-and-preppers/

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