Cherokee American Indian tribe have been using nature’s gifts in the treatment of several ailments for centuries.
Passing down this knowledge from generation to generation and preserving the herbs and plants from extinction, the Cherokee Indian ancestors truly understood the importance of preserving nature and the healing secrets she offers for posterity.
Let’s take a look at the herbs that were and still are being used by the Cherokee tribe.
Healing Herbs And Plants
The Blackberry Herb
This herb has been used by the Cherokee Indian tribe in treating diarrhea for centuries.
However, blackberry roots has been known to help in reducing inflammation of joints and tissue.
It is also believed that the roots is useful in dealing with persistent coughs, just by making a concoction of the roots and raw natural honey or maple syrup for taste.
The chewing of blackberry leaves is also known to help with bleeding gums.
The blackberry fruit has other health benefits, here is a list;
- It is great for the cardiovascular system
- It aids digestion
- It can help fight and prevent cancer
- It provides adequate relief from endothelial problems
- It can help strengthen the immune system
You should also know that blackberries are highly nutritional rich in several minerals and vitamins such as;
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Blackberries also are rich in amino acids and dietary fiber.
The Hummingbird Blossom (aka Buck Brush) Herb
This herb has been used by the Cherokee Indians in treating fibroid, throat and mouth issues, cysts and inflammation.
It is also believed through recent scientific study that this herb is useful in the treatment of lymphatic blockages and high blood pressure.
For long though the Cherokee tribe have been using this herb as a potent diuretic to help boost kidney function as well as in the treatment of the following health conditions;
- Irregular menstruation
- Inflammation of tonsils
- Inflammation of lymph nodes
- Enlarged spleens
What the Cherokee Indians did was to soak the flowers and leaves in a pot of boiling water for about five minutes after which they strain the water and drink it while it is yet warm. This way they are able to derive all the health benefits of this herb.
The Cattail Herb
He Cherokee Indians used this herb to safeguard themselves from diseases rather than as healing herb.
The mature leaves and seed heads of this herb are however not used but all other parts of the plant can be utilised for preventive and healing purposes.
Cattail roots are very starchy while the male species have a very high pollen content.
To prepare cattail roots all you need to do is boil them and then mash them.
You can use the resulting paste to treat sores as well as burns. You can derive significant amounts of protein from cattail pollen and it is great as a baking supplement.
Seed down which is that fuzz from the flowers of cattail is useful in treating diaper rash, while cattail flowers are useful in treating diarrhea.
The Pull Out A Sticker (Greenbriar) Herb
This herb’s roots are starchy and it’s stem and leaves are very rich in minerals and vitamins.
Greenbriar roots are starchy and rich in calories and because of the rubbery texture this herb you can use its roots like Irish potatoes.
This herb was used by ancient Cherokee Indians as a blood purifier as well as a diuretic in the treatment of urinary tract infection.
The bark and leaves of this herb was also used by ancient Cherokee Indians in making ointments used in the treatment of burns and minor sores.
It has also been known that this herb’s leaves can be used to make tea which is useful in the treatment of arthritis. You can also eat the fruit (berries) of this plant raw and they are used to make jams as well.
The Mint Herb
This popular herb us used in making tea. It has excellent antioxidant properties and is highly nutritious with many minerals and vitamins including the following;
- Vitamin C and A
It is known that mint leaves make great cold compresses when crushed and the Cherokee Indians used it to help with digestion.
This herb can be used to soothe itchy skin by adding it to your bathing water, it can also be made into a balm or ointment.
The leaves and stem of the mint herb combined has been used by Cherokee Indians to regulate high blood pressure.
You can also topically apply mint water to your cracking nipples especially when breast feeding.
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