The Cherokee tribe is native to southeastern United States. They have a gift of understanding and learning medicinal plants. According to them, god has given them his own pharmacy. This tribe promotes these plants. They have been taught to use every third plant for medicinal purposes. In this way, there is always enough left to propagate. The following are some of the plants they used.
Plants which were used for healing
Blackberry: blackberry is used for a lot of ailments- upset stomach, swelling of tissues and joints. A tea can be made from its roots to which honey or maple syrup can be added. You can also chew its leaves to treat bleeding gums.
Other health effects:
– prevention of cancer
– better digestion
– healthy functioning of the heart
– relief from endothelial dysfunction
– strengthened immune system
They have a lot of nutrition packed in them. Some of the nutrients they have are: vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, thiamine, vitamin C, calcium, iron, zinc and folate.
Hummingbird blossom (buck brush)
This plant is used to treat tumors, inflammation, cysts, mouth/throat problems, high blood pressure and lymphatic blockages.
Its other uses are:
– enlarged spleens
– enlarged lymph nodes
– inflamed tonsils
– menstrual bleeding
Make a tea by boiling its leaves in water and then drink it to get its benefits.
This is more of a preventive than curing medicinal herb. It digests very easily. Except for its mature leaves and seed heads, all its other parts can be consumed. Root has high amount of start and male plant has good pollen content.
It is made just like how potatoes are made- boiled and mashed. It is good for burns, sores, diaper rash, diarrhea. A good source of protein, it can be used in baking products as well.
The roots are rich in starch and calories. They are good to taste. It has a rubbery texture and can be eaten just like potatoes. The leaves and stems have a lot of vitamins and minerals. It is used for minor sores and burns, urinary infections, arthritis and can be made into jams and jelly shots. The leaves can be boiled in water to be had as tea or made into a paste for topical application.
Mint: mint is popular even today. But its health benefits are unknown. It contains phosphorus potassium, magnesium, calcium, fiber , vitamin C and vitamin A. they are used for treating high blood pressure, sooth itchy skin, made into ointments and cracking nipples while breastfeeding. The leaves can be made into ointments.
Mullein: its benefits include asthma, chest congestion, calm the lungs and open up pathways, soothe mucous membranes, reduce swelling and joint pain, soothes painful and irritated tissue. It has mild sedative effects. The roots can be used to make a decoction and tea can be made from its flowers to experience its benefits.
Qua lo ga (sumac): every part of this plant can be consumed. It helps with diarrhea, sore throat, reduce fevers, relieves poison ivy rash and lower cholesterol levels. You can make a tea or ointment from the leaves. You can also make a gargle with the bark. Try to add it to your daily meals.
Big stretch (wild ginger): this has a lot of benefits too. It treats indigestion, intestinal gas, upset stomach, colic, remove secretion from the lungs, earaches. You can use it instead of your regular ginger and add it to your dishes. Having a tea of made from its leaves will help relieve you of your problems.
Jisdu unigisdi (wild rose): the wild rose hips are used to make tea. The petals can be made into an infusion and drunk. The jams made from it are absolutely delicious. These things can be consumed to heal with cold, flu, soothe sore throat and diarrhea stimulate bladder and kidney function. It is rich in vitamin C.
Squirrel tail (yellow): it has a lot of benefits. It is used for to clot blood, stop excess bleeding, and stop internal bleeding from stomach and intestinal illnesses, stimulate abdominal functions and assist in proper digestion, kidney and gallbladder related issues, clear up your acne and chapped hands and other skin irritations. Crushed leaves can be topically applied or made into a tea.
Kawi lyusdi (yellow dock): it has a lot of vitamins and minerals. It looks just like spinach. It can be used as a laxative, to treat minor sores, diaper rash, and itching and for its antiseptic properties. The leaves are made into a decoction to be used for its various healing properties.
It is important to remember that these herbs are valuable. They must be used with utmost caution. They can become dangerous if used in the wrong way.
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