11 Healing Plants Used In Native American Medicine
Before you read on, remember that these plants contain potent chemical compounds that can be dangerous if not used properly.
Instead, purchase plants that have been harvested by knowledgeable hands and take them under the guidance of a licensed naturopath.
Other names: Hummingbird Blossom, Oregon Teatree, Redstem Ceanoathus, Mountain Lilac, Snowbush, Jersey Tea
Buckbrush root was used by traditional Cherokee healers as a medicinal substance with diuretic properties. It was traditionally used to stimulate proper kidney function.
Members of the same plant family also have been used to treat mouth and throat ailments, inflammation, and cysts and tumors, along with specific health issues such as inflamed tonsils, childbirth aftercare, hemorrhoids, swollen spleens, and swollen lymph nodes (3, 4).
It is easiest to consume in a tea form. Bring water to a boil, then steep the roots and bark in water for approximately five minutes. Drink immediately.
Today, mint is frequently consumed in beverages, including both tea and iced tea. But what most people don’t know is that it is a powerful antioxidant that also contains vitamins A and C, as well as phosphorus, calcium, potassium and magnesium (5,6)
The Cherokee drank mint tea to stimulate the digestive system and lower blood pressure. They crushed mint leaves to create salves and ointment and used mint in baths to relieve rashes and itching.