Other names: Aaron’s Rod, Duffle, Lungwort, Beggar’s Blanket, Gordolobo, Hare’s Beard, Fluffweed
The Cherokee avowed that this traditional herb could help with lung and respiratory problems. They burned mullein roots and inhaled the smoke, which they believed opened up the airways and eased inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract. The flowers of mullein can also be used to prepare a sedative tea to treat joint pain as well as migraine headaches (13).
Other names: bulrush, reedmace, punks, corn dog grass
Cattail is not a medicinal treatment, but a type of preventative medicine. According to the Cherokee tradition, it can also prove helpful in the recovery process. The entire plant may be eaten, save for the leaves and the heads of the seeds. A hearty plant, cattail is a reliable traditional food source because of its high starch content (14).
Other names: qua lo ga
Sumac is a potent spice that has medicinal properties (15). The Cherokee nation used a decoction made from sumac bark as a remedy for a sore throat. It was also prescribed for diarrhea. The leaves of the sumac plant may be steeped to make a tea used to treat fever. In addition, fresh leaves can be mixed with berries to create paste that soothes poison ivy.
11. Rose Hip
Other names: wild rose, jisdu unigisdi, wild boar fruit, hip, hop fruit, dog rose, heps, gulab, Persian rose
Rose hip contains a significant amount of vitamin C (16). It can therefore be used to prevent and treat common illnesses such as the cold and flu. Rose hips can also heal stomach spasms, stomach acid deficiency, prevent stomach irritation and ulcers and treat intestinal diseases.
The Cherokee used this herb in a tea form to stimulate the kidneys and bladder. A tea made of the petals was traditionally be used to soothe a sore throat while the roots were used to cure diarrhea.