Although many people recognize the important duties that soil performs in our everyday lives, most do not realize that our health begins in the soil. While healthy soil lays the ground work for healthy plants, livestock, food, and people, only a handful may realize the many medicinal remedies the soil produces.
Many medicines we use to fight illnesses were derived from soil organisms, and about 120 prescriptions sold around the world are derived directly from rainforest plants.
Echinacea, for example, often found in backyards and ditches can be used to combat cold and/or flu symptoms. Also known as the purple coneflower, this plant is one of the most powerful immune boosters on the planet. The plant’s roots, leaves, and flowers can all be used. Also derived from the soil is cyclosporine, a drug widely used to prevent transplant patients from rejecting new organs.
Moral of the story – the better we manage the soil, the better off we will be.
Join us this month as we discuss how soils support health during the International Year of Soils.