There was a time when you’d run down to the local apothecary if you weren’t feeling well, or go talk to the neighborhood “simpler” (one who prepares simple medicines) for medical complaints. Those colorful characters would prescribe some sort of remedy from the abundance of nature and send you on your way. Sometimes it didn’t work, but other times, you were actually using the forerunners of today’s over-the-counter medicines. These methods and materials were well known centuries ago, but have fallen into obscurity since the advent of the corner drug store. But dig a little, and you’ll find the old connections are still there. Many of our modern medicines trace their history back to where they were first discovered in wild plants. Even the word “drug” is still anchored in the past, as it comes from the old Dutch word droog, which means dried plant. Here are five amazing medicinal plants that can be found almost anywhere and can be used to treat what ails us. And as an added bonus, they’re all edible, too.