With the rise of the pharmaceutical industry in the United States we have lost, or learned to distrust, our awareness of the medicinal properties of plants. It remains to be seen if this has been a wise move on our part. Other creatures, oblivious to the effects of advertising, continue to enjoy the benefits of natural healing. A most amazing article, "Self Medication, Wildlife Style: How Birds and Other Creatures Use Medicinal Plants" can be found here. It may make you realize how very uneducated we humans are about the natural world!
Discover more about medicinal plants and natural healing at the Library! You can start with Sue Minter's The Healing Garden: A Natural Haven for Body, Senses, and Spirit [615 MIN], then move into Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use [eBook].
And don't forget to go outside and smell the flowers!