32 Long-Forgotten Native American Medicinal Cures

by Shelby

With all of the ‘modern day medical advances’ we have today, you would think that disease and health problems wouldn’t really be an issue – but they’re a big one. That’s because we have only made advances in the field of money making, not health inducing.

Drugs these days cause way more problems than they fix. They deteriorate our organs, make us dependent and addicted to them, and cost a fortune. They’re simply a waste of time, money, and health. Instead of falling for the ridiculously false claims by the big pharma, you should instead be treating yourself naturally, consuming whole ingredients, and staying active. These things might be viewed as difficult today, but they’re actually quite easy. We get a lot of our most beneficial natural remedies from the Native Americans. They didn’t have the big pharma to rely on and they made it just fine.

The Native Americans believed that in order to be healthy, you must also have a sense of purpose and follow a righteous and harmonious path in life. They believed illnesses were a life lesson that a person needed to learn, and they even believed you shouldn’t interfere in some cases. Many of the useful medications we have today are based on a more natural and potent remedy from the Native American culture. You can revolutionize your health by adding some of these most versatile plants in your daily regimen. Native Americans used these plants every day, and you should too!

Yarrow is an extremely popular natural plant among Native American cultures. It has a powerful fragrance, and it has been used in Ancient Greece for thousands of years to stop bleeding! Pioneers would apply this plant on open wounds and cuts as a poultice made from the leaves of the Yarrow plant to help clot the blood. They also used fresh Yarrow juice to treat an upset stomach and intestinal disorders.

Sumac is a very commonly known natural Indian remedy. One of the most proclaimed uses for this plant is for treating eye problems. There is not many plants that can be used to treat your optical issues, but Sumac can. Other cultures used a decoction from sumac to relieve sore throats and treat diarrhea. The leaves and berries are additionally known to cure a fever and soothe poison ivy!

Blackberries are extremely tasty and most people are familiar with them. They are very popular ingredients in the modern day smoothie world, but they are also ancient medications. The Cherokee Indians used blackberries to treat an upset stomach, diarrhea, sore throats, bleeding gums, and more. It is also an amazing natural ingredient for strengthening your immune system to prevent health issues from the beginning.

Rosemary is one of my favorite spices to use in my cooking. Native Americans loved it too, but not just for the flavor! It’s actually a sacred plant that can be used as an analgesic, or pain reliever. It can alleviate sore joints and relieve muscle spasms and pain. It improves the circulatory and nervous systems too! Native Americans loved to use Rosemary because it could prevent disease as well as treat them! It improves your overall immune health and treats indigestion too.

Mint is another extremely popular cooking ingredient. There are loads of different foods and drinks that are mint flavored, but we’re talking about the real deal here. Mint was used by the Cherokee to soothe digestion problems and an upset stomach. They would make a salve out of the plant to relieve itches and rashes too!

Red Clover is fantastic at treating inflammation and respiratory problems. Studies show that red clover helps prevent heart disease and lowers LDL cholesterol!

Black Gum Bark was used by the Cherokee to make a mild tea to relieve chest pains. It can be used to treat common upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, or even pneumonia.

Cattail is a famous survival plant that the indigenous population used for food and preventative medicine. It is extremely easy to digest and it helps to recover from an illness. Many people refer to it as the supermarket as the swamp. Due to its culinary versatility!

Greenbriar was a common plant used by the Native American to make a root tea. The root tea of Greenbriar relieves joint pain and purifies your blood. Other people have been known to make a salve from leaves and bark mixed with hog lard to treat minor sores, scalds, and burns.

Hummingbird Blossom is also known as the buck brush. Native Americans used it to treat mouth and throat conditions, cysts, fibroid tumors, and inflammation. It can also be made into a poultice to burns and sores. Some Physicians claim that it is a strong diuretic that can stimulate the kidneys and increase their overall function. Other studies show that it can be used in treating high blood pressure and lymphatic blockages.

Wild Rose can be used as a preventative and a cure for the common cold. It stimulates the bladder and kidneys because it is a mild diuretic. They also used a petal infusion for sore throats.

Saw Palmetto is more than a beautiful flower garden plant, it can also be used for abdominal pain, digestion, inflammation, and stimulating an appetite.
Many people use Sage in their cooking, I know I do! It’s great for you and it tastes great. It has also been referred to as a sacred plant by many Native Americans because indigenous tribes said it has the ability to purify energies and to cleanse the body of negative energy. It could also be used to treat cramps, spasms, cuts, bruises, colds, and the flu.

Wild Ginger is excellent for a swimmer. It can cure an earache and ear infections in a snap. Native Americans would also make a mild tea from the rootstock to stimulate the digestive system and relieve bloating. It helps with bronchial infections and nausea too!

Aloe has been used for thousands of years. The leaves can be squeezed to extrude a sap that can treat burns, cuts, insect wounds, and scalds.

Prickly Pear Cactus is an antiseptic and can treat wounds. It can also treat Urinary Tract Infections and increase immune health. New research shows that prickly pear cactus helps lower cactus and prevent diabetes and diet related cardiovascular disease.
Honeysuckles are a favorite childhood memory for those of us who grew up in the south. They are also great medicine, according to native American cultures. They used it to treat asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, mumps, and hepatitis!

Ashwagandha is an important plant to many healers. It treats bone weaknesses, tension, weak teeth, memory loss, and rheumatism! It also has a crazy rejuvenating effect on your skin. It improves vitality and overall health.

Mullein is ironically a tobacco like plant used to treat respiratory disorders. The Native Americans made concoctions from the roots to reduce swelling in the joints, feet, and hands.

Licorice Root is a popular flavor among candies, but the actual thing is great for your body. It has been used for centuries to treat stomach problems, bronchitis, food poisoning, and chronic fatigue.

Uva Ursi has a funny name, but because bears like them so much, many people refer to it as Bearberry. It can be used to treat bladder and urinary tract infections.

Devils Claw doesn’t sound like a very friendly natural ingredient, but it can actually be used to treat many health issues. Native Americans used it for treating arthritis, improving digestion, and soothing skin issues. It can also reduce the effect of diabetes and reduce swelling with joint diseases.

White Pine can be infused in a tea to treat respiratory distress and chest congestion.

Valerian is a popular ingredient in teas that has a calming effect. It can also relieve joint pain and muscle aches.

Rosehip is notorious for having medicinal benefits. It’s an orange berry full of wild roses. It is a massive source of vitamins C and can be used to treat coughs, colds, intestinal damage, and as an anti-inflammatory.

Passion Flower can be used to treat anxiety and muscle pains. A poultice of the plant can be used for burns, insect bites, and mild cuts.

Hops tea can be used to treat coughs, colds, sore throats, and chewing on it relieves toothaches.

Goldenrod was used by Native Americans to treat headaches sore throats and as an antiseptic. It is considered an all in one medicine by many Native American cultures. Topical salves can relieve chest congestion and flu symptoms too!

Feverwort is a great fever remedy. It can also treat general pain, itching, and joint problems. Crush it, make it a salve, chew on it, or eat it. Anyway works!

Ginseng is a herb that was used a food additive, a tea, and a poultice to treat fatigue and boost energy by the Native Americans.

Fennel has a licorice like flavor and can be used to get rid of that pesky cough you’ve had for months. It can also relieve diarrhea, asthma, and headaches.

Eucalyptus oil from the leaves and roots can be infused in a tea to treat coughs, colds, and fevers. It is still an ingredient today in cough drops.

Purple Coneflower is a classic Native American Medicine that is used to strengthen the immune system.

Chamomile is a very popular tea because it has soothing and relaxing effects. It can also treat nausea and intestinal problems!

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