31 Long-Forgotten Native American Herbal Remedies For Illnesses

Forgotten Native American Herbal Remedies For Illnesses

9. Cayenne:

The pods are used as a pain reliever when taken with food or drunk in a tea. Also used to threaten arthritis and digestive distress. It is sometimes applied to wounds as a powder to increase blood flow and act as an antiseptic and anesthetic to numb the pain.

10. Chamomile:

The leaves and flowers are used as a tea to treat intestinal problems and nausea.

11. Chokecherry:

Considered by Native American tribes as an all-purpose medicinal treatment, the berries were pitted, dried and crushed into a tea or a poultice to treat a variety of ailments. These include coughs, colds, flu, nausea, inflammation, and diarrhea. As a salve or poultice it is used to treat burns and wounds. The pit of the chokecherry – much like apple seeds – is poisonous in high concentrations. Be sure to pit the cherries if you’re considering this for any use.

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12. Echinacea:

Also known as purple coneflower, this is a classic Native American medicine that is used to strengthen the immune system, fight infections, and fever. It also is used as an antiseptic and general treatment for colds, coughs, and flu.

13. Eucalyptus:

The oil from the leaves and roots is a common treatment when infused in a tea to treat coughs, sore-throat, flu, and fever. It’s used to this day as an ingredient in cough drops.

14. Fennel:

A plant with a licorice flavor, this is used in a tea or chewed to relieve coughs, sore-throat, aid digestion, offer relief to diarrhea, and was a general treatment for colds. It also is used as a poultice for eye relief and headaches.

15. Feverfew:

Used to this day as a natural relief for fever and headaches – including severe headaches like migraines – it also can be used for digestive problems, asthma, and muscle and joint pains.

16. Feverwort:

Another fever remedy that also is used for general pain, itching, and joint stiffness. It can be ingested as a tea or chewed, or crushed to a paste as a salve or poultice.

17. Ginger root:

Another super plant in Native American medicine, the root was crushed and consumed with food, as a tea or a salve or poultice. Known to this day for its ability to aid digestive health, it also is anti-inflammatory, aids circulation, and can relieve colds, coughs, and flu, in addition to bronchitis and joint pain.

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18. Ginseng:

This is another contemporary herb that has a history that goes back across cultures for millennia. The roots were used by Native Americans as a food additive, a tea and a poultice to treat fatigue, boost energy, enhance the immune system and help with overall liver and lung function. The leaves and stems also were used, but the root has the most concentration of active ingredients.

19. Goldenrod:

Commonly thought of today as a source of allergies and sneezing, it was actually considered another all-in-one Native American herbal remedies. As a tea, an addition to food and a topical salve, it is used to treat conditions from bronchitis and chest congestion to colds, flu, inflammation, sore throats, and as an antiseptic for cuts and abrasions.

20. Honeysuckle:

The berries, stems, flowers, and leaves are used to topically treat bee stings and skin infections. As a tea, it is used to treat colds, headaches, and sore throat. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

28 thoughts on “31 Long-Forgotten Native American Herbal Remedies For Illnesses”

  1. I love the more natural approach to health and healing. As someone with auto-immune issues, I’m always looking natural remedies. This article is very informative.

  2. I’ve been interested in learning and using more natural remedies in my life and this article has been very helpful. Many methods i know were passed down from my paternal Cherokee grandmother and maternal grandmother. I will pass down everything I learn to my children so it can never be lost or forgotten.

  3. I am a Lenape (Delaware) Indian. I was borned and raised on Indian land in Oklahoma. We (Delawares) were adopted by the Cherokees. A lot of these remedies were used by my mother and I am familiar with them. They did work. My mother raised six children and we lived about twelve miles from a town. So we had to take care of ourselves. My mother knew what she was doing, what to pick and how to use it. We also doctored our animals when they got sick or hurt. Thought you would like to know that some of remedies are probably still being used in some of the remote areas in Indian Country.

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  5. While it’s true that if you listed everything that was used for things such as coughs it would be a very long list but, in herbal medicine you are not treating symptoms but the cause so what works for some people will not work for others. Herbalists will sit and talk to a person for at least 2 hours in order to find out all they can in order to narrow down the cause and then start trying one herb after another until the right one is found.

    We have become so accustomed to Allopathic doctors giving us a pill and our symptoms go away. All they did was take the battery out of the smoke alarm. What was causing the alarm to go off is still there. Herbals do not work overnight either. They are food the body needs to heal itself, not some ‘quick fix.’

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