10 Healing Plants Which Were Used By The Native Americans To Treat Anything From Joint Pain To Cancer For Centuries

More and more people are ditching the traditional medicine and its chemically produced medications and look for natural remedies to every medical condition. Well, it’s not a secret that our ancestors didn’t have the advanced technology, nor the numerous medications to cure the diseases and conditions and they still managed to survive even the toughest times.

A Native American tribe, known as the Cherokee was a tribe who has believed that nature gave them a gift to preserve and understand herbs and therefore believed in the power of nature can help in the healing process.

For instance, they gathered every third plant in order to preserve the specimen and therefore to keep the plants safe and preserve it. Unbelievable as it may sound, now in the 21st century, this makes a lot of sense, especially if we want to preserve some plants from extinction. The Cherokee tribe was using the benefits of nature, but at the same time they cared for the nature and cherished their gift in understanding these herbs.

Moreover, nowadays it’s extremely popular to look for a natural remedy and avoid as much as possible to use medication which simply don’t work as effectively as they make us believe.

Here’s a list of 10 medical herbs, which the Cherokee tribe used for healing:

  1. Mint


Well, even though mint is still popular nowadays, its consumption shouldn’t be limited to adding it to cocktails once in a while.

Mint is a powerful herb which has both healing and antioxidant properties, so you may also consider implementing mint in your everyday diet.Mint is a rich source of vitamin A and C, as well as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, fiber and calcium.

Enough reasons to start using it on a daily basis, right? Our ancestors used this herb to improve their digestive system, lower the blood pressure and they also found mint to be extremely beneficial for the skin- healing from itchy skin to making cold compresses for injuries.

Good news for the breastfeeding mothers- Mint will help you relieve the pain from cracked nipples and they also soothe you. It seems that mint is more than just a regular herb!

  1. Cattail


You can take full advantage of this plant, except if you leave out the seed heads or the mature leaves. Its miraculous influence on the human body is what made the Cherokee tribe use it as a prevention against various conditions including indigestion, rashes and sores on the skin as well as burns and blisters.

The flowers of this plant are also beneficial and useful for the skin in particular, as well as they promote the digestive health. The male plants are rich in pollen and the root is rich in starch. The pollen in particular is a great source of protein.

  1. Blackberry


The incredibly nutritive plant was well known since the Cherokee time and that is mainly due to the fact that the blackberry is rich in various vitamins and minerals, including: vitamin B6, vitamins A, K and E and it is also a great source of folate, riboflavin and niacin.

Blackberries were also famous because of the various mineral presence as well, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and potassium presence. The Cherokee people used blackberries for indigestion and ever since, blackberries are notoriously famous for easing indigestion.

This property is because of the presence of essential amino acids and dietary fiber. The root of the blackberry has also healing properties, including reducing the pain and swelling in the joints or it also works as a cough syrup.

  1. Wild Rose (Jisdu Unigisdi)

The wild rose was mainly used to fight colds, flues and sore throat and this is due to the presence of vitamin C, which we all know that it’s an immune system booster. The fruit of the wild rose can be used as a tea and it’s extremely beneficial for the bladder and kidney. The root is convenient for problems with the stomach- such as diarrhea.

  1. Greenbrier


The root, the leaves and the stem of this herb were well known for its healing properties and the Cherokee people used it in many situation including: to fight urinary infections, to ease indigestion and the leaves and bark to soothe burns on the skin. From Greenbrier berries they also made delicious jam and the root is loaded with starch.

  1. Buck Brush (Hummingbird Blossom)


Even today, the hummingbird blossom was proven to have healing properties on the human body, however the Cherokee people were the first to use it and recognize its positive effects on the human body.

Hummingbird blossom is known to reduce blood pressure as well as to promote kidney health. It’s also beneficial for menstrual bleeding, treating cysts and problems with throat and mouth. You can use the tea made of its leaves and flowers and drink it, just like the Cherokee people did.

  1. Yarrow (Squirrel Tail)


This amazing herb is on this list for a reason. Not only is it useful for any kind of injuries and skin problems, but it can also be used to promote digestion and kidney health.

This herb’s juice can ease internal bleeding and its leaves can do wonders for open wounds and injuries. You can also find remedy in this herb for skin problems such as acne and other skin related problems, including inflammation and irritations.

  1. Yellow Dock (Kawi Iyusdi)


If you’re looking for a replacement for spinach, this herb will exceed all expectations, because its nutritive value is much higher than the one of spinach. This herb is a great source of iron and numerous vitamins and minerals.

It was used as a cooking ingredient and because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used for relieving rashes, itching and sores. It’s also a promoter of good digestive health and has antiseptic properties.

  1. Wild Ginger (Big Stretch)


Wild Ginger was well known among our ancestors and it’s mainly because of the positive impact that wild ginger has on the digestive system. It promotes digestion and it’s also used for various conditions such as colic, intestinal gas and improper digestion.

The tea from wild ginger can have soothing properties and it can also be used to remove the secretion from the lungs.

  1. Sumac (Qua lo ga)


You can take full advantage of this miraculous herb, starting from its bark, berries to its leaves. Sumac is well known for its medical uses that vary from solving digestion problems, to fighting colds and flus (due to the vitamin C presence) and helping to lower the cholesterol levels.

The leaves are extremely beneficial for rashes such as the poison ivy rash. So, don’t hesitate, add Sumac to your daily diet and forget about health problems.

Our ancestors believed in the power of nature and its healing properties. The Cherokee tribe was well acquainted with the process of gathering of the herbs and its later usage of the same herbs.

If you are planning to implement any of the above mentioned herbs, you won’t regret it. However, you need to be well familiarized with ways of preparing these herbs as well as the gathering process.



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