One Native American tribe named Cherokee, which lives in the southeast part of the U.S, believed that the Almighty Creator gave them a gift of preserving and understanding medical plants. They believed a lot in the healing properties of the natural medical herbs. They gathered the plants with a special technique, picking every third plant they found because, in that way, enough specimens will remain in order to keep up propagate.
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Native American medicine men developed a wheel very similar to the yin/yang of Asian medicine. The use of herbal remedies and other alternative forms of treatment was the cutting-edge medicine of their day. This was a holistic approach to medical treatment that relied heavily on plants and their unique benefits.
What follows is list of indigenous plants, trees, fruits and flowers unique to North America that have surprising benefits as defined by Native American tribes.
So, take a look at the 11 plants commonly used by this tribe:
Cherokee used blackberry for treating almost everything, including an upset stomach, strengthening the immune system, cancer prevention, improving digestion, and better heart functioning. By making a tea of its root, this tribe healed swelling of joints and tissues. And if you make a decoction from its roots, thus sweetened with maple syrup or honey, you will get great syrup for treating cough. Chewing the blackberry leaves can soothe bleeding gums.Blackberries an amazingly nutritious because they are rich in vitamins A, C, B6, E, K, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and phosphorous./Heal Naturally
2. Buck Brush (Hummingbird Blossom).
Cherokee used this plant for the healing of fibroid tumors, cysts, mouth/throat problems, and inflammation. In addition, they mainly used hummingbird blossom in order to stimulate kidney function, but it was also used in the treatment of enlarged lymph nodes, hemorrhoids, inflamed tonsils, enlarged spleens, and menstrual bleeding. In order to get all healing benefits of this plant, they put the flowers and the leaves in boiling water for 5 minutes, and then drink the tea while it’s still hot./Heal Naturally
The Cherokee tribe considered this plant as a preventative medicine and they used it as a digestible food for recovery from each illness. Almost each part of the plant (except its seed heads) can be used for medicinal purposes. Its root can be prepared like potatoes, mashed or boiled for treating sores and burns. The seed down from its flowers is used for diaper rash in babies in the treatment of skin irritation.
4. Greenbriar (Pull Out a Sticker).
The leaves and stems of this plant are rich in numerous minerals and vitamins while its roots are high in starch and they can be used like potatoes. Although its root has a strange and harsh taste, it’s rich in calories. Cherokee used this plant as mild diuretic and a blood purifier in the treatment of urinary infections. Its leaves might be put in a tea to heal arthritis! Its berries might be eaten as jam or raw./Heal Naturally
Being a very popular herb, mint is commonly used in tea because of its numerous antioxidant properties. It possesses phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C,A, calcium, and fiber! The Cherokee used the leaves of this plant crushed as cold compresses, or made into ointments, or even added in the bath to calm down and itchy skin. Moreover, they used a mixture of leaves and stems in order to reduce high blood pressure./Heal Naturally
This herb soothes chest congestion and asthma. If you inhale the smoke from burning mullein leaves and roots, it will calm your lungs. This plant is exceptionally useful in soothing the mucous membranes. Due to its anti-inflammatory features, it calms the irritated and painful tissue and joint. Mullein flowers are used to prepare tea that contains a lot of mild sedative effects./Heal Naturally
7. Qua lo ga (Sumac).
Each part of this plant might be used for medicinal purposes in the treatment of diarrhea, sore throat, and fevers (by making a decoction from the bark). In addition, if you want to get rid of poison ivy rash, you need to crush the leaves into an ointment./Heal Naturally
8. Big Stretch (Wild Ginger).
A tea made of the root of this plant was used by Cherokee in order to improve digestion, intestinal gas, colic, and upset stomach. A stronger tea from its root can even remove lungs secretion. You might use rootstocks from this plant instead of regular ginger and its flowers for flavoring your favorite recipe./Heal Naturally
9. Jiddu Unigisdi (Wild Rose).
The fruit of this plant is high in vitamin C and is a great healing remedy for flu and cold. The Cherokee made a tea out of wild rose hips in order to stimulate kidney and bladder function. You can even try to make a decoction from its root to treat diarrhea./Heal Naturally
10. Squirrel Tail (Yarrow).
Being known best for its blood-clotting features, the leaves of this plant (fresh or crushed) might be put to open wounds in order to prevent excess bleeding. The juice of this plant, when mixed with spring water, might stop intestinal illnesses and internal stomach bleeding. Its leaves can be used for tea in order to help in proper digestion and stimulate abdominal functions./Heal Naturally
11. Kawi Iyusdi (Yellow Dock).
The Cherokee used this herb in their cuisines because it’s quite similar to spinach. But, it possesses a lot more minerals and vitamins because of its long roots gathers nutrients from deep underground.