31 Long-Forgotten Native American Herbal Remedies For Illnesses

Forgotten Native American Herbal Remedies For Illnesses

21. Hops:

As a tea it is used to treat digestive problems and often mixed with other herbs or plants, such as aloe, to soothe muscles. It also is used to soothe toothaches and sore throat.

22. Licorice:

Roots and leaves can be used for coughs, colds, sore throats. The root also can be chewed to relieve toothaches.

23. Mullein:

As an infusion in tea or added to a salad or other food, this is a plant that has been used by Native Americans to treat inflammation, coughs, and congestion and general lung afflictions. It is quite common and you probably have it growing in your backyard or somewhere close.

24. Passion flower:

The leaves and roots are used to make a tea to treat anxiety and muscle pain. A poultice for injuries to the skin such as burns, insect bites, and boils also can be made from passion flower.

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25. Red clover:

It grows everywhere and the flowers, leaves, and roots are usually infused in a tea or are used to top food. It is used to manage inflammation, improve circulation, and treat respiratory conditions.

26. Rose hip:

This is the red to orange berry that is the fruit of wild roses. It is already known to be a massive source of vitamin C and when eaten whole, crushed into a tea or added to food it is used to treat colds and coughs, intestinal distress, as an antiseptic and to treat inflammation.

27. Rosemary:

A member of the pine family and used in the food and as a tea to treat muscle pain, improve circulation, and as a general cleanser for the metabolism.

28. Sage:

A far-reaching shrub across much of North America, it is a natural insect repellent and can be used for the standard list of digestive disorders, colds, and sore throat.

29. Spearmint:

Used consistently by Native American tribes for treatment of coughs, colds, respiratory distress, and as a cure for diarrhea and a stimulant for blood circulation.

30. Valerian:

The root as an infusion in a tea relieves muscle aches, pain and is said to have a calming effect.

31. White Pine:

Ubiquitous and the needles and the inner bark can be infused in a tea. Used as a standard treatment for respiratory distress and chest congestion.

If you’re an expert on Native American cures I’m sure you can add many to this list of Native American Herbal Remedies.

There are some excellent books on nature’s cures and the specific medicinal properties that Native American tribes discovered. Natural remedies are worth considering both from a historical and potentially practical point-of-view. Just make sure you identify them properly and check with your physician before using

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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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