The Cherokee, Native American tribe of South east USA believed that the Creator had a gift for them – medicinal herbs and use. They trusted the healing with herbs since nature was their best pharmacy.
They promoted amazing gathering methods for medicinal plants. The elders taught them every plant in gathering has to be picked. This way you will always have enough medicines of nature.
We have a list of their best plants used for anything. Before we explain them, be warned since they are strong and might be dangerous if not handled properly.
Remember also that the Cherokee healers knew their job since they did this for centuries. Also, respect nature, it really heals us!
The medicinal plants
Wild ginger (Big stretch)
They said the tea of this plant is good for digestion and belly issues, gas and colic too. Also solid tea of wild ginger wipes lung emissions. Another tribe, Meskiwaki, used it for ear infections in pulverized form with soaked stems if ginger. The rootstocks supplant the regular ginger and blossoms are for many formulas.
Hummingbird blossom (buck brush)
This blossom was used by Cherokee for cysts, fibroid tumors, mouth and throat issues, inflammation. Modern studies said that this herb also cures hypertension and lymph blockages.
They used it mainly for diuretic work but also:
- inflammation of tonsils
- enlarged spleen
- large lymph nodes
- menstrual bleeds
For all benefits, Cherokees would steep the flowers and leaves in boiling water for 5 min and have the tea warm.
Pull out a sticker (greenbriar)
The roots if this plant have starch and calories, but the flavor is strange. The leaves and stems have minerals and vitamins. The texture is rubbery, so you can use the roots like potato even. This also is a mild diuretic for UTIs and cleaning blood too. The bark and leaves are for ointment making, healing burns and sores too. The leaves can be made as tea for arthritis, but also eaten raw or as jam.
This herb is really popular even today as tea mainly. But many people do not know that mint has many antioxidants. Also it has magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin C, A and fibers. This was used for digestion. Leaves can be crushed and used for cold compresses, ointments, and even bath for soothing skin. The healers of the tribe used it for hypertension too, and in case of breast feeding or cracked nipples, apply mint water.
This was the best for upset belly and other things too. It can be used for bleeding gums too if you chew the leaves. Make a syrup of decoction from the root, with honey or maple as sweetener. The solid tea of the root lowers swelling in tissues and joints. These berries have many vital nutrients like vitamin A, C, B6, E, K, riboflavin, folate, thiamine, potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and more. Also they have fibers and amino acids.
More benefits of this juice are:
- better immunity
- less endothelial issues
- less malignancy
- better digestion
- healthy heart
This plant was amazing for digestion and recovery after illnesses. Despite the seeds and leaves, other parts here are medicinal. The root is starchy and the male plants have pollen. This is similar to potatoes in preparation, mashed or boiled. The paste is for burns and sores. Also the pollen has protein and is used for baking. The blooms help in diarrhea. Use the blooms with the fluff or seed down to remove skin irritation in babies.
Sumac (qua lo ga)
Every part of this herb is medicinal. The sumac bark is a mild decoction for soothing diarrhea. The bark extract is gargled for the throat. The ripe berries are amazing as a drink for the vitamin C. the leaves are for tea and fevers use. Crush the leaves and make ointment for poison ivy rash. A study of the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research said the sumac, when added daily in the diet, can lower bad cholesterol.
Wild rose (jisdu unigisdi)
This plant has vitamin C and cures flu and colds. The Cherokees made tea of the rose hips for better kidney work and bladder health. the wild rose can soothe the sore throat and cure diarrhea too. The petals are made in jam.
This herb soothes asthma and congestion in the chest. The Cherokees said inhaling this smoke of burned mullein leaves calms lungs and opens them up. This is amazing for soothing mucous membranes and also you can use it warmed for soaking the feet in case of swelling and joint pain. Due to the inflammation benefits, this soothes pain in tissues. The flowers are used for making tea as sedative effect.
Kawi iyusdi (yellow dock)
This herb is found in the kitchen it is like spinach and has minerals and vitamins. The roots get many nutrients from underground. The leaves have iron and are as purgative. Make a juice mix of the stems for tingling, bruises, diaper rash and more. Also smash the roots and use this as warm wash.
Yarrow (squirrel tail)
This herb is good for blood clotting. Fresh, crushed leaves are put on open wounds for excess bleeding. The juice is mixed with spring water and stops intestine belly bleeding and illnesses in the gut. Also use the leaves for making tea and better digestion. Also this aids in gallbladder and kidney work and makes wonders for skin and hands issues.