Cherokee is a Native American tribe aboriginal to the Southeastern United States. They believe that they had the good capability, which was given by God to use medicinal herbs.
They believe in the remedies and prefer to use them. The people from this tribe maintain proper plants and save them for further extension. They did this by collecting every third plant they came across.
They used 11 plants to reduce health problems and diseases. These plants are dangerous as well as strong .
These tribe people have centuries of practice in using these plants. However, these plants are natural medications. So make sure that you are gentle when collecting them.
Here are the 11 plants that has health benefits:
- Big Stretch (Wild Ginger)
The people of Cherokee believe that the tea from the root of Big Stretch stimulates digestion. They help to treat intestinal gas, colic, and upset stomach. They can remove secretion from the lungs.
Another American tribe named The Meskwaki use steeped wild ginger to treat earaches. We can also use them as flavoring for many recipes.
2. Hummingbird Blossom (Buck Brush)
The tribe used this medicinal plant to treat inflammation, throat issues, fibroid tumors, cysts, and lymphatic blockages. They used this plant as a diuretic to enhance kidney function, and in the following cases:
- enlarged spleen
- inflamed tonsils
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Menstrual bleeding
They soak the leaves and flowers of the plant in a boiling water for about five minutes, and for best results they drank it warm.
3. Pull Out a Sticker (Greenbrier)
Greenbrier roots contain high amounts of starch that are rich in calories and with an unusual flavor. Stems and leaves of this plant are rich in vitamins and minerals. Its roots can be used as potatoes as it has rubbery texture.
Cherokee used this plant as a mild diuretic in urinary infections and as a blood purifier. The leaves of this plant are used to prepare ointment and used it for healing burns and minor sores.
We can use Greenbrier’s leaves in the treatment of arthritis. You can add them to tea and its berries as a raw food or prepared as jam.
Mint is used to prepare tea and it contains strong antioxidant attributes. It is rich in vitamin A, C, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium.
Cherokee people used the plant to improve digestion, prepared ointments from its leaves, cold compresses from crushed leaves, and used to cure skin itchiness.
The stems and roots are used to treat high blood pressure. Mint water can be used for the treatment of cracked nipples when breastfeeding.
Blackberry is used to treat an upset stomach. This fruit has many uses. You have to chew leaves to relieve bleeding gums.
You can be able to make a decoction from blackberry roots, which is used to prepare a coughy syrup. Add some honey or maple syrup to sweeten the taste.
The tea from the roots of this fruit is very strong and can decrease the swelling of tissues and joints.
Besides being delicious, these berries are high in important nutrients like vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate, as well as zinc, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. They are also rich in dietary fiber and essential amino acids.
More benefits of blackberries:
- relieve endothelial dysfunction
- Strengthen immune system
- prevent cancer
- improve digestion
- healthy functioning of the heart
Tribal people used this medicinal plant as a preventive medicine. It helps to recover from health problems. It is easily digested. Other than the cattail’s seed heads and mature leaves and medicinal properties, this plant is rich in medicinal values.
The roots are high in starch and the male cattail herb high in pollen. The herbs of this plant can be boiled and mashed, just like potatoes. With the paste , you can use them for the treatment of burns and sores. The pollen in the herb is high in protein and can be used in baking as a supplement.
The flowers of cattail can help in diarrhea. The fuzz of its flowers, popular as the seed down, can be used for prevention of diaper rash and other skin irritation in babies.
- Qua lo ga (Sumac)
Qua lo ga is rich in medicinal properties. You can use its ripe berries as a juice as they are rich in vitamin C, its bark can be used as a mild decoction to cure sore throat and diarrhea. The Sumac’s leaves when used as tea can be used to cure fever.
Crushed leaves of Sumac can be used as an ointment to relieve poison ivy rash. The Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research has published a study which proves that consuming sumac on a regular basis reduces the levels of cholesterol.
8. Jisdu Unigisdi (Wild Rose)
The fruit from this plant is rich in vitamin C. It can be used to cure common colds and flu. The Cherokee people used wild rose hips to make mild tea that stimulates the function of bladder and kidneys.
Diarrhea can be reduced using decoction of wild rose roots and infusion of petals to cure sore throat or to make a delicious jam.
Mullien is used to cure chest congestion and asthma. You can prepare a tea from the flowers of mullein. It will have a mild sedative effect.
Mullein has incredible soothing effect on the mucous membranes. Lower joint pains and swelling can be reduced by soaking your feet in a warm mullein decoction. It has potent anti-inflammatory attributes that helps to relieve pain and irritation of tissues.
10. Kawi Iyusdi (Yellow Dock)
This plant looks like spinach and it can be found in most kitchens. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. The yellow dock’s roots get nutrients from deep underground.
Leaves of this plants have iron. You can soothe diaper rash, or itching, minor sores with a juice decoction of its stems. Yellow duck’s crushed roots decoction can be used as a warm wash as they contains potent antiseptic properties.
11. Squirrel Tail (Yarrow)
In order to stop bleeding, you can apply fresh and crushed squirrel tail leaves as this herb contains potent blood clotting properties. Juice of Squirrel Tail when combined with spring water has the capability to stop internal bleeding arising from stomach, and intestinal diseases.
You can also prepare tea from its leaves to improve the function of your stomach and digestion. They are used to reduce acne treatment. Kidney, chapped hands, skin irritations and gallbladder issues can be reduced using this plant.
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