10 Herbs Used By Native Americans

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Native Americans had a spiritual connection with the earth. They used the earth responsibly and took here bounty to make their lives better. One way was with herbal medicine. Take a look at ten of the herbs traditionally used by Native Americans.

  1. Blackberry
    As a tea, blackberry was used to cure diarrhea and mixed with honey, it became a cough syrup. Overall, it was a good herb to improve the function of the immune system.
  2. Yarrow
    A fragrant flowering plant that is used to stop bleeding. Native Americans would grind the leaves and use it on open wounds to stop the bleeding and help promote clotting. They also used the juice from the plant to treat stomach aches.
  3. Sage
    This was a multi use herb used to cleanse the body, treat stomach cramps, to ease colds and speed up the healing of bruises.
  4. Mint
    Ground into a paste, mint was used to sooth itchy skin and rashes.
  5. Cattail
    Cattail makes for an easy to digest food, so it was often fed to those recovering from a recent illness.
  6. Licorice Root
    Native Americans used this one to treat stomach issues, fatigue and even pneumonia. Nowadays, it is mainly used as a flavoring.
  7. Saw Palmetto
    This one is still fairly popular today. Healers used it to reduce intestinal inflammation and promote digestion.
  8. Devils Claw
    Not the name of the average healing herb, but it had a lot of uses. It was used to treat a range of conditions from fever to indigestion to arthritis. The root of the plant was good to ease gout, back pain and headaches.
  9. Lavender
    The oil from lavender can be used to treat insect bits and Native Americans also uses the plant to cure insomnia, depression and even headaches.
  10. Honeysuckle
    Used to treat pneumonia and upper respiratory infections and conditions such as asthma.

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