Herbalogy and the Native American Indians

Arnica (Catawba) – the roots are used for treating aches and pains (especially in the back and in joints). Healed injuries such as broken bones, sprains, and bruises. You do NOT want to ingest this herb. It is to be applied to the skin. Aspen (Cree) – the bark was boiled into a tea and used as a cough medicine. Boneset – this tea was used by many tribes and for various healing practices. The Iroquois – for colds and to reduce fever. The Menominees also used it to reduce fever and the Alabama Indians gave it to people to cure stomach ailments. Catnip (Mohegans) – the leaves were boiled into a tea and given to infants to relieve an infant with colic. Dandelion – This plant has been used to cure many ailments for thousands of years – and is still used today. The Ojibwas drank a tea […] Read More

A Basic American Indian Medicine Chest

 ARNICA OIL – for bruises, muscle pain,& sore feet   CALENDULA CREAM – for inflammations, sunburn,&skin disorders   CEDAR LOTION – for general skin treatment & facial care   CORN SILK – for kidney & bladder pains & infections   ECHINACEA CAPSULES – & tincture for colds & infections   ECHINACEA -GOLDENSEAL SALVE – for chapped skin & lips   PUFFBALLS –  for headache treatments, styptics &wounded dressings   SAGE LEAVES – for smudging, purification, and antiseptic use   SLIPPERY ELM BARK POWDER – for coughs & digestive problems   SWEETGRASS BRAID – for smudging ,purification,& antiseptic use   WITCH HAZEL LOTION – for rashes & skin problems   YARROW POWDER – for pain relief, anesthetic,& antiseptic use   YUCCA ROOT – for soapy cleansing & hair care