Post Apocalyptic Herbology

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Simon Von Wolfe

Simon Von Wolfe is a survivalist and author of the Curiosity Aphotocarious newsletter, in which he advocated using correct research, dosages, and proper preparation in


The most comprehensive guide to herbs you will find, Post Apocalyptic Herbology contains everything you ever wanted to know about using herbs in a world where access to prescription might be limited. The book is written specifically to assist authors of post-world lore, science fiction, dystopian/utopian landscapes, and more. It’s decided to give writers a desktop source from which to craft novels with accuracy.


  • II. Dangers and Concerns Associated with Opiate/Opioid Use; Recognizing and Treating Toxicity
    • Combinations to Reduce Opiates While Maintaining Good Pain Control 36
  • III. Post-Catastrophe Opiate Production
    • Site, Soil, Sowing, and Major Pests
    • Site and Soil
    • Sowing
    • Major Pests
    • Blooming Time/Preserving Varieties
    • The Harvest
    • Some choice varieties of P. somniferum
    • Seed Sources 68
Extreme Herbalism: Part II: Cannabis Sativa
  • I. Recent History, Eff ective Components, Cautions, and Medicinal Uses
    • a) A Bit of the History
    • b) Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and Terpenoids
    • 3. Potential Side Effects and Cautions
      • a) Cardiovascular Side Effects
      • b) Cannabis in Pregnancy
      • c) Immune System Effects and Vir uses
      • d) Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric; Conditions and Cognition
      • e) Enzyme Inhibition/induction and Drug Interactions
      • f) Gynaecomastia, Sperm Count, and Fertility
      • g) Allergies
      • h) Asthma and Other Lung Conditions
      • h) Addiction and Use-vs.-Abuse
    • 4. Medicinal uses
      • a) Tetanus
    • 5) Cannabis and the Supernatural
    • 6) Means of administration and preparation
      • l) Determining dosage and potency
III. The Plant
  • 1) Site, Soil, and Sowing
    • a) Sizing and Siting Your Hemp Patch
  • 2) Cannabis Life-Cycle
    • b) Flowering 146
  • ii) Photoperiod and Stimulating
    • Hermaphrodites for Feminized Seed
    • Hermaphrodites and Feminized Seeds
    • Colloidal Silver
  • iii) Breeding: Pollination and Propagation
    • d) The Harvest
  • iii) Medicine
  • 8. Sources and Strains of Interest
Extreme Herbalism: Part III: The Witch’s Brew
  • I. Henbane (Hyoscamus niger)
  • II. Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna)
    • c) Dosing
    • d) Growing
  • III. Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
  • IV. Mandrake (Mandragora officinalis/autumnalis)
  • V. Thornapple (Datura stramonium
  • VI. Ephedra
  • IV. Foxglove (Digitalis purpura)
  • V. Aconite
  • VI. Hemlock (Conium maculatum)
  • VII. Resources
    • Seeds and Plants
  • Part IV: And If the Catastrophe Were a Plague…
    • III. Barrier Protection
    • IV. Likeliest Pandemic Disease-Types
      • Possible Herbal Treatments for Plague
      • Books of Interest and Sources
  • Appendix I: Post-Catastrophe Gardening: Fertilizing and Pest Control
    • I. Fertilizers
      • Making the Wormery
    • 2) Nitrogen
    • II. Pest Control
    • III. Resources
    • IV. References
  • Appendix II: Weights and Measurements:
    • Appendix III: Herbal Fertility Reduction (and sexual health)
    • I. Basics of fertility reduction and control
    • II. The Rabbit Test
    • III. A Selection of Emmenagoguic and Abortifacient Herbs
    • IV. Contraception and Supernatural Persons
    • V. Other Post-Catastrophe Fertility
    • Reduction Possibilities
      • e) Other Barrier Methods
      • ii. The Diaphragm
    • VII. Menstrual Extraction
    • VII. Later Herbal Terminations
    • VIII. Bacterial Venereal Disease and Yeast 322
  • Appendix IV: Some Possible Anti-Microbial Herbs
    • I. Gram-positive bacteria and antibacterial herbs
    • II. Gram-negative bacteria; Gram-negative and broad-spectrum antibacterial herbs
    • III. Mycobacteria and anti-mycobacterial herbs
    • IV. Antiviral Herbs
    • V. Herbal antimicrobial action
  • Appendix V: A Few Useful General Survival/Pre-20th Century Living Texts
  • Appendix VI: Some Fictional Works of Interest

Fun Facts

An herbal is a book containing the names and descriptions of plants, usually with information on their medicinal, tonicculinarytoxichallucinatoryaromatic, or magical powers, and the legends associated with them.[1][2] A herbal may also classify the plants it describes,[3] may give recipes for herbal extractstinctures, or potions, and sometimes include mineral and animal medicaments in addition to those obtained from plants. Herbals were often illustrated to assist plant identification.[4]

Herbals were among the first literature produced in Ancient Egypt, China, India, and Europe[5] as the medical wisdom of the day accumulated by herbalistsapothecaries and physicians.[6] Herbals were also among the first books to be printed in both China and Europe. In Western Europe herbals flourished for two centuries following the introduction of moveable type (c. 1470–1670).[7]

In the late 17th century, the rise of modern chemistrytoxicology and pharmacology reduced the medicinal value of the classical herbal. As reference manuals for botanical study and plant identification herbals were supplanted by Floras – systematic accounts of the plants found growing in a particular region, with scientifically accurate botanical descriptions, classification, and illustrations.[8] Herbals have seen a modest revival in the Western world since the last decades of the 20th century, as herbalism and related disciplines (such as homeopathy and aromatherapy) became popular forms of alternative medicine.[9][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1591742317083{margin-right: 50px !important;margin-left: 50px !important;}"]Herbal medicine (also herbalism) is the study of botany and the use of medicinal plants. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today.[1] Modern medicine makes use of many plant-derived compounds as the basis for evidence-based pharmaceutical drugs. Although herbalism may apply modern standards of effectiveness testing to herbs and medicines derived from natural sources, few high-quality clinical trials and standards for purity or dosage exist.[2] The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as mineralsshells and certain animal parts.

Herbal medicine is also called phytomedicine or phytotherapy.[3] Paraherbalism[4] describes alternative and pseudoscientific practices of using unrefined plant or animal extracts as unproven medicines or health-promoting agents.[1][2][4][5] Paraherbalism differs from plant-derived medicines in standard pharmacology because it does not isolate or standardize biologically active compounds, but rather relies on the belief that preserving various substances from a given source with less processing is safer or more effective – for which there is no evidence.[4] Herbal dietary supplements most often fall under the phytotherapy category.[5][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1591742485395{margin-right: 50px !important;margin-left: 50px !important;}"]De materia medica (Latin name for the Greek work Περὶ ὕλης ἰατρικῆς, Peri hulēs iatrikēs, both meaning "On Medical Material") is a pharmacopoeia of medicinal plants and the medicines that can be obtained from them. The five-volume work was written between 50 and 70 CE by Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician in the Roman army. It was widely read for more than 1,500 years until supplanted by revised herbals in the Renaissance, making it one of the longest-lasting of all-natural history books.

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