12 Plants Native Americans Used To Cure Everything (From Joint Pain To Cancer)

The Native American tribe Cherokee used the nature’s benefits to the fullest. When natural plant supplies would become tight, they would only pick every third plant, so that they would leave sufficient amount to continue to propagate.

The following 12 plants were the most commonly used in treating various illnesses and health conditions, but we warn you that they have very strong properties so you must be extremely cautious when using them. The Cherokee healers were experienced as they had centuries of practice. Moreover, their value is as powerful natural medications.

Big Stretch/wild ginger was used for improving digestion, soothing upset stomach, treat ulcers, colic, and intestinal gas. It also eliminates secretion from the lungs.

Also, The Meskwaki used it to cure earaches by using crushed, steeped stems of wild ginger.

They used Hummingbird blossom or also known as Buck bush to treat mouth and throat issues, inflammation, cysts, and fibroid tumors. It can also regulate high blood pressure and treat lymphatic blockages. They also used it as a diuretic to stimulate the function of the kidneys, as well as in the case of:

  • enlarged spleens
  • hemorrhoids
  • inflamed tonsils
  • menstrual bleeding
  • enlarged lymph nodes

They would steep the leave and flowers in boiling water for 5 minutes and then consumed it warm in order to obtain best results.

Being rich in starch, minerals and vitamins they used Greenbirar as a mild diuretic to treat urinary infections and to purify the blood. Its bark and leaves have also been used for the preparation of an ointment which heals burns and minor sores. The tea prepared from the leaves was used in treating arthritis.

Mint is widely used even today, but not many know that it is also a strong antioxidant rich in vitamin C, A, fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

The Cherokee used it to improve digestion and the ointments made from the leaves were used to treat skin itchiness. The stem and leaves were also used as a treatment for high blood pressure. You can also prepare a mint water to treat your cracked nipples while breastfeeding.

Berries were popular with treating upset stomach, and the leaves were chewed to relieve bleeding gums.

The cough syrup prepared from the roots, sweetened with maple syrup or honey, reduces the swelling of the joints and tissues.

The berries are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, and niacin, as well as potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous. Furthermore, they are abundant in essential amino acids and dietary fiber.

Other benefits from this plant are:

  • strengthened immune system
  • relief from endothelial dysfunction
  • cancer prevention
  • healthy functioning of the heart
  • improved digestion

Cattail is a preventative medicine and all its parts bear health properties. The paste from this plant (prepared similarly to potatoes, mashed and boiled) treats sores and burns. The pollen is rich in protein and can be used as a supplement in baking.

The flowers help with diarrhea and the fuzz from flowers, known as the seed down, prevents skin irritation in babies, like diaper rash.

Qua lo ga (Sumac) is used in treating sore throat and diarrhea. The berries are rich in vitamin C, and the tea from the leaves can be used in treating fever. The ointment from the crushed leaves sooths burns from poison ivy. Plus, according to a study published in Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, the regular consumption of sumac lowers cholesterol levels.

The fruit from Wild Rose, or as they called it, Jisdu Unigisdi, is high in vitamin C and treated flu and common cold. The Cherokee prepared tea from the rose hips to improve the kidneys’ and bladder’s function. The wild rose petal infusion can be used to soothe your sore throat, and a decoction of the root will treat diarrhea. Its petals can also be used in the preparation of a tasty jam.

Mullein is a great help in cases of asthma and chest congestion. The Cherokee inhaled the smoke from burned Mullein to calm the lungs and open up pathways. The tea from the flowers can be used as a mild sedative. You can prepare a decoction and soak your feet in it to reduce joint pain and swelling.

Kawi Iyusdi (Yellow Dock) is a plant similar to spinach, only richer in vitamins and minerals. It was a common item in their kitchen whose roots gather nutrients from deep underground.

It is rich in iron and can also work as a laxative. The juice decoction made from the stems can be used to soothe the itching, minor sores, or diaper rash. The decoction from its crushed roots has powerful antiseptic properties and can be used as a warm wash.

Squirrel Tail, or known as Yarrow, can cloth blood so you can use it to stop bleeding by applying freshly crushed leaves on the wound. The juice from this plant made with spring water stops internal bleeding from the stomach and treats intestinal illnesses. The tea from the leaves improves digestion and boosts the function of the stomach, and they are also incredible in the treatment of acne.

Yarrow is also effective in cases of gallbladder and kidney problems and is an effective treatment of skin irritations and chapped hands.

Source: healthylifestylebase.com

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