10 Plants American Indians Used to Cure Everything from Minor Ailments to Cancer

Nature has offered us so many herbs and plants providing us with many health benefits and all we need to do is to pick them up and learn how to use them. The Native Americans were well aware of this and because of that they used them frequently and managed to treat many diseases in the most natural way.

Cherokee gathered and understand the herbs very well; they knew the rule “you only gather every third plant” so that the herbs keep on growing.

In this article we shall present you a list of the herbs that Cherokee used for healing purposes.

Have in mind that Cherokee healers had the best training in using these herbs as they can be dangerous. They understood the power of nature and knew how to use it.

The Top Herbs Used By Native Americans

  1. Yarrow or Squirrel Tail

This herb is known for its remarkable blood clotting power. For that purpose you can use it on open wounds to stop the bleeding, just apply fresh crushed yarrow leaves on the afflicted body area. In order to stop internal bleeding and intestinal diseases mix yarrow juice and fresh spring water and drink it. You can as well as prepare tea in order to better the abdominal functions, and boost digestion.

Further on, this plant can treat kidney and gallbladder issues. It is great for your skin, efficiently treats chapped hands and other skin irritations as well.

  1. Wild mint

This plant is widely used and drank as tea. Wild mint is extremely beneficial for the body as it is a great source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.

The native Cherokee used it for treating digestive issues. They even treated hypertension by blending the stems and leaves.

Use crushed mint leaves as a cold compress, or you can prepare a strong ointment. Relieve itchy skin by adding wild mint into your bath. If you are a mom with an infant, then mint water will be of great use for your sore nipples.

  1. Wild ginger or Big Stretch

The native Meskwaki utilized pulverized wild ginger stems for the treatment of ear infections. The rootstocks of this plant can easily replace ginger in your home remedies.

Drink it as tea and thus alleviate stomach issues, boost digestion, relieve colic, and remove flatulence.

  1. Wild Rose or JisduUnigisdi

This plant is loaded with vitamin C; thereby make it a potent herbal remedy in the treatment of common colds and flu. Prepare a wild rose petal infusion and soothe the sore throat.  The root decoction will help you in the treatment of diarrhea.  Further on, a mild wild rose tea will enhance the function of the kidney and bladder.

Make your jam even tastier by adding wild rose petals.

  1. Hummingbird Blossom (Buck Bush)

The Cherokee used it to enhance the function of the kidneys, and as well as treat:

  • Enlarged spleen
  • Inflamed tonsils
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

They drank it as tea by steeping the flowers and the leaves of buck bush in boiling water for 5 minutes.

This herb offered positive results in the treatment of inflammation, throat and mouth issues, cysts, and fibroid tumors. Plus, researchers have discovered the ability of this plant in reducing blood pressure and treating lymphatic blockages.

  1. Blackberry

Blackberries are high in fiber, amino acids, in vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K, minerals like potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, and niacin.

They are great remedy for upset stomach, and it can be used in the treatment of bleeding gums (just chew a few blackberry leaves). Solid blackberry root tea lowers joint and tissue swellings.

Blackberries can offer the following benefits as well:

  • Boost the immunity
  • Better heart function
  • Alleviate endothelial brokenness
  • Improve digestion
  • Treat malignant illnesses

You can also make a decoction from blackberry leaves, and sweeten it with maple syrup or honey.

  1. Pull Out a Sticker (Greenbriar)

This herb acts as a mild diuretic which is very beneficial in the treatment of urinary infections. Likewise, it has the ability to cleanse the blood. The roots of greenbriar are abundant in starch, meaning plenty of calories and odd flavor. It has a rubbery texture; therefore you can use the roots instead of potatoes.

The stems and leaves of Greenbriar have plenty of vitamins and minerals. Add greenbriar leaves into your tea in order to alleviate arthritis. From the bark of this plant and its leaves you can prepare an ointment which speeds up the healing of burns and minor sores.

The raw berries of this plant can be consumed, and you can also make nice jam by using them.

  1. Cattail

This powerful healing herb speeds up the recovery process. It is easily digestible, and each part of the plant can be used. The root is loaded with starch, and the male plants have in their content a ton of pollen which can be used in baking as well.

It is prepared in the same way like the potatoes, and its puree will efficiently treat sores and burns. Diarrhea can be relieved by the use of cattail blooms, and the fluff of its blossoms can soothe irritation in babies mainly caused by diapers.

  1. Mullein

The native Cherokee inhaled the smoke from burnt mullein roots and leaves in order to clear the airways and calm the lungs.

This herb can soothe mucous membranes, asthma attacks and unblock chest congestion. In order to treat swellings and pain, make a warm decoction, and then soak your feet in it. Thanks to its strong anti-inflammatory properties it will soothe sore and irritated tissues. The Mullein flower shows mild sedative properties especially when prepared as tea.

  1. Qua lo ga (Sumac)

This herb is highly beneficial for your body and each part is usable and helps in the treatment of a certain issue. Sumac leaves can treat fever, and the consumption of ripe sumac berries will provide your body with the needed vitamin C.

Treat diarrhea by preparing a mild decoction from the bark. Then, gargle sumac bark decoction to alleviate sore throat. In order to quickly alleviate poison ivy rash add crushed sumac leaves in your homemade ointments.

According to a study from the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research sumac is powerful enough to reduce cholesterol.

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