Who knew blackberries were actually a potent health supplement? The Cherokee used them to sooth stomach problems.
Today, research has shown that blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids, antioxidants and other healing compounds (11).
Cherokee healers ground up the roots of blackberry plant, sweetening them with honey.
This concoction was used to soothe sore throats, coughs, bleeding gums, and mouth sores.
The root also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and improve joint mobility.
7. Curly Dock
Other names (12): Yellow Dock, Curled Dock, Narrow Dock, Sour Dock, Rumex
This herb is often used as an ingredient in salads. It has a sweet but also sour taste and is chock-full of healthy vitamins and minerals.
Among Native American tribes, it was used as a rich source of iron. It was also believed to have laxative properties.
When ground up and mixed with beeswax and a bit of oil, it was used as an ointment for minor cuts, sores, rashes, and other skin irritations.