The Cherokee Indians believed that the natural way is the only way! The Nature offers various herbs that can help us for healing numerous health issues.
These were the herbs that they used for hundreds of years:
The mint tea is very effective in the treatment of an upset stomach and digestive issues. The Cherokee crushed and bruised the leaves in order to prepare a compress used for relieving itching and pain. Mint can also treat allergies, fatigue, and nausea.
- Yellow Dock
Yellow dock is commonly used for cooking. Its long roots are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Moreover, they are packed with irons and have laxative properties. When crushed and mixed with warm water, the roots of this herb can act as a potent antiseptic.
Blackberries contain antioxidants that can promote cardiovascular health and strengthen the immune system. It is very beneficial in the treatment of upset stomach. Blackberry tea reduces swelling in the joints while chewing on its leaves can soothe sore gums. Mix blackberry root and honey or maple syrup to prepare your own natural syrup that can effectively treat a cough.
It is believed that cattail can prevent illness and assist in recovery. Moreover, it is easily digestible.
Yarrow is very beneficial in the treatment of external wounds on the skin. Apply fresh, crushed leaves to open wounds. This will stop excess bleeding and prevent infections. The tea of its leaves helps with kidney and gallbladder issues and helps digestion.
Sumac is an excellent source of antioxidants which can promote healing. The tea of the leaves has the ability to reduce fever while their ointment relives skin rashes. The berries are abundant with vitamin C and can be prepared into a drink.
The Cherokees used greenbriar as a diuretic to treat mild urinary infections and to purify blood. Its roots contain starch and minerals while its leaves are packed with various vitamins and minerals. You can use the bark and leaves to prepare an ointment which can relieve minor sores and burns. The berries can be made into jam or eaten raw.
- Wild Ginger
Native Americans used crushed, steeped stems of wild ginger to treat earaches. The tea made from the root of this herb can effectively improve digestion, and treat intestinal gas and an upset stomach.
- Wild Rose
Rose hip is the fruit of a wild rose. It is packed with vitamin C. The tea can stimulate the bladder and kidney function, boost the immune system and treat colds and flu.
For many years, the roots of the buckbrush have been used to improve kidney function and to soothe inflammation. This herb has the ability to regulate blood pressure. Steep the leaves and flowers in boiling water for 5 minutes to prepare a tea.