God gave Native Americans the power to understand and preserve medicinal herbs. At least that’s what the Cherokee believe to be born with.Because many plants became scarce throughout history, the Cherokee used amazing gathering techniques.
They trusted nature, and employed natural healing. It’s all about the gathering technique. The rule the old ones have taught them is ‘you only gather every third plant.’ In this way the herbs will keep growing.
The healers used these herbs wisely and had the best training. You should also learn their tricks and learn how to understand the power of nature. And always remember to be gentle when picking your plants.
Check the best herbs Native Americans used:
- Big Stretch (Wild ginger)
The Meskwaki, another Native American tribe, used pulverized wild ginger stems to treat ear infections. Its rootstocks can replace ginger in your home remedies.Prepare a cup of mild tea to enhance digestion, relieve stomach issues, colic, and eliminate flatulence.
- Hummingbird Blossom (Buck Bush)
Researchers have found that this healing herb can lower blood pressure and treat lymphatic blockages.It proved great results in the treatment of cysts, fibroid tumors, inflammation, and mouth/throat problems. The Cherokee people steeped the flowers and the leaves of this plant in boiling water for five minutes, and always enjoyed their tea warm.
The Cherokee used Hummingbird Blossom to improve kidney function, and also treat:
- Inflamed tonsils
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Enlarged spleen
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Pull Out a Sticker (Greenbriar)
Its roots are packed with starch, which means a lot of calories and a strange flavor. The stems and leaves of this plant contain lots of vitamins and minerals. This plant has a rubbery texture, so you can use its roots instead of potatoes.
Greenbriar is a mild diuretic with works well in the treatment of urinary infections. It also cleanses blood. The bark of this plant and its leaves can be made into an ointment that accelerates the healing of burns and minor sores.
Add greenbriar leaves to your tea to relieve arthritis, and eat its berries raw. You can also make nice jam using these berries.
- Wild mint
The Cherokee used wild mint to treat problems with the digestive system. Crush mint leaves, and use them as a cold compress, or you can just make a powerful ointment. Add wild mint to your bath to soothe itchy skin.You have probably used this one. What you don’t know is that mint is packed with antioxidants. It’s also rich in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamins A and C, and fiber. Breastfeeding moms can use mint water to treat sore nipples. And as we said earlier, the Cherokee used a blend of stems and leaves to treat hypertension.
Blackberries are rich in vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, niacin, potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, amino acids, and fiber. It’s one of the best remedies for upset stomach. Solid blackberry root tea reduces joint and tissue swellings. You can sweeten it with maple syrup or honey. To treat bleeding gums – all you have to do is chew a few blackberry leaves.
Blackberries can also:
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve heart function
- Enhance digestion
- Relieve endothelial brokenness
- Treat malignant ailments
It’s a potent preventative plant. Cattail is easily digestible, and accelerates recovery. The good thing is that you can use every little bit of the plant. Cattail root is packed with starch, and the male plants contain tons of pollen. Cattail blooms are also helpful in cases of diarrhea. Use the fluff of its blossoms to relieve baby irritation, something pretty very similar to diaper rash.Prepare it in the same way you prepare your potatoes. Cattail puree treats sores and burns. The pollen of this plant can be used in baking.
- Qua lo ga (Sumac)
You can use every part of this plant. Just make a mild decoction from the bark, and use it to treat diarrhea. Gargle some sumac bark decoction to relieve sore throat pain. Use ripe sumac berries to get an optimum portion of vitamin C. sumac leaves can treat fever.Add crushed sumac leaves in homemade ointments to relieve poison ivy rash. A study from the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research confirms that sumac can even lower cholesterol.
- Jisdu Unigisdi (Wild Rose)
Mild wild rose tea is packed with vitamin C aside from helping with kidney and bladder function.It makes a powerful cure and treatment of flu and common cold. The root decoction will help you treat diarrhea.
Wild rose petals can make your jam even more delicious.Make a wild rose petal infusion to relieve sore throat.
It soothes asthma attacks and chest congestion. The Cherokee inhaled the smoke from burnt mullein roots and leaves to “calm” their lungs, and clear the airways.
Its anti-inflammatory properties will help you soothe sore and irritated tissues. Mullein flower tea acts as a mild sedative agent.Mullein can also soothe your mucous membranes. Prepare warm decoction, and soak your feet in to treat swellings and pain.
10. Squirrel Tail (Yarrow)
Yarrow has amazing blood clotting power. Apply fresh crushed yarrow leaves to your open wounds to stop bleeding.It treats kidney and gallbladder issues. It can do wonders for your chapped hands. This applies to other skin irritations, too.Combine yarrow juice and fresh spring water to stop internal bleeding and intestinal diseases. Make tea from its leaves to improve the abdominal functions, and enhance digestion.