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Nausea:

  • Chamomile - Commonly used in teas it is best known to help with sleep.
  • Feverwort - Used internally and externally in herbal medicine.
  • Ginger Root - Utilized as both a spice and medicine throughout the world.
  • Horehound - Whole plant used internally and externally. People with gastritis or peptic ulcer disorders should use it cautiously.
  • Peppermint - In addition to flavoring, long used in traditional medicine for its calming and numbing effects. Should not be used or given to infants or small children.
  • Raspberry - Leaves and fruits used in a wide range of medical issues.
  • Rooibos - Used in teas to help with a variety of conditions.

  • Spearmint - Teas, poultices, and oils used internally and externally for several remedies.

    Star Anise - The fruit of a small tree with a licorice-like flavor long used in medical remedies.

 

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Nervous Conditions:

  • Cloud Walking Tea - Calm mind, body, relieve anxiety, restful sleep, and more.Ashwagandha - The whole plant is used in numerous remedies. Caution is advised in the use of this plant since it is toxic. 
  • Black Cohosh - Roots of the plant were used in teas for a variety of ailments.
  • Buck Brush - Applies to a number of North American shrubs used in herbal medicine.
  • Catnip - Stems and leaves make an aromatic tea which is useful for many conditions.
  • Chamomile - Commonly used in teas it is best known to help with sleep.
  • Damiana - Used internally for a variety of medical issues.
  • Eastern Skunk Cabbage - Dried leaves used as seasoning, in remedies, and as a magical talisman by various tribes.
  • Feverwort - Used internally and externally in herbal medicine.
  • Walk In Balance Tea - Calms Nerves and upset stomach.Oat Straw - A food source and medical remedy since prehistoric times.
  • Rooibos - Used in teas to help with a variety of conditions.
  • Skullcap - A powerful medicinal herb, it was cultivated Native Americans for use in several remedies. Pregnant women should not take Skullcap.
  • Wild Ginger - Native Americans used the roots as a seasoning as well as a medicinal herb.
  • Wild Lettuce - Indigenous to North American, it was used for sedative purposes, especially in nervous complaints.
Nervous System:

  • Ginsing - Numerous specifies throughout the world have been used for thousands of years in medical remedies.

  • Buffalo Bone Tea to Strengthens bones, connective tissue, hair and nails, and the nervous systemGuarana - Containing caffeine, it has many of the same effects as coffee.
  • Lecithin - Found in several plants, it is beneficial for a variety of body systems.
  • Rosemary - Used for culinary purposes and in medicinal remedies.
  • Schisandra - A genus of shrub that has many medicinal uses.
  • Wild Rose - There are hundreds of species that have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
  • White Pine -  The inner bark, young shoots, twigs, pitch, and leaves have long been used by Native Americans in medical remedies.
  • Yerba Mate - A species of Holly that has a long history as a medicinal herb.

 

 

Nightsweats:

  • Elder - Ripe elderberries used as both a food and in medicinal remedies.
  • Black Cohosh - Roots of the plant were used in teas for a variety of ailments.
Nosebleed:

  • Buck Brush - Applies to a number of North American shrubs used in herbal medicine.
  • Cardinal Flower - Roots, leaf tea and poultices were used internally and externally.
  • Shavegrass - Used for centuries as a remedy for various medical conditions.
  • Yarrow - Used for thousands of years, especially to stop bleeding.
Numbing Agent:

  • Devil's Claw - Used in teas and tonics internally and in poultices externally. Should not be used by woman who are or may be pregnant.

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Pain:

  • Allspice - Dried unripe berries have long been used teas.
  • Black Cohosh - Roots of the plant were used in teas for a variety of ailments.
  • Bloodroot - Primarily used as a medicine for respiratory and digestive problems, it also used externally. Today, we know it is toxic and the FDA has classified it as unsafe.
  • Chokecherry - Used as both a source of food and medicine, it was considered one of the most important herbs in Native American medicine.
  • Dong Quai - Used for more than a thousand years to treat a number of conditions.
  • Evening Primrose - Used for both food and in medicinal remedies, decoctions were used for internal and external ailments.
  • Greenbriar - Teas and salves used internally and externally.
  • Kava - Used there for thousands of years as a folk remedy and as a social and ceremonial beverage.
  • Lavender - Dating back to Roman times, Lavender has been used in teas, balms, food, and medicinal remedies.
  • Osha - Having a wide variety of medicinal properties, Osha was highly valued by Native Americans.
  • Pau d'arco - Long used for a wide range conditions.
  • Pleurisy Root - Long been found to be effective for many respiratory disorders.
  • Poke - Though parts of this plant are highly toxic to livestock and humans, it has long been used as a food and medicine by Native Americans.
  • Saltbush - Many species used for a variety of conditions.
  • Sarsaparilla - Used for centuries in a wide variety of medicinal remedies.
  • Skullcap - A powerful medicinal herb, it was cultivated Native Americans for use in several remedies. Pregnant women should not take Skullcap.
  • Tobacco - Long been important in Native American culture for social, religious, ceremonial purposes as well as in medicinal remedies.
  • Willow - The leaves and bark of the willow tree have been used since times of ancient Egypt and Greece.
Pancreas Troubles:

  • Devil's Claw - Used in teas and tonics internally and in poultices externally. Should not be used by woman who are or may be pregnant.

  • Uva Ursi - Used medicinally since the second century. Should not be used by pregnant women.

Parkinson's Disease:

  • Green Tea - Made solely with the leaves of Camellia Sinensis, it is known for its many helpful properties.
Pesticide:

  • Pennyroyal - Long used to treat medical problems and to eradicate pests. Pennyroyal should not be used in any way by pregnant women. Over ingestion of this herb has caused death.

Pleurisy:

PMS:

  • Moon Cycle Tea for PMS, mentral, menopause, and other female problems Bee Pollen - One of the oldest health foods used by man, it is mixed with food or drinks, or as a pill supplement today.
  • Black Cohosh - Roots of the plant were used in teas for a variety of ailments.
  • Cat's Claw - Used in teas and tonics for more than 2,000 years.
  • Chamomile - Commonly used in teas it is best known to help with sleep.
  • Chasteberry - Berries and flowers used in teas. Pregnant or breast-feeding women should not take chasteberry.
  • Dong Quai - Used for more than a thousand years to treat a number of conditions.
  • Hibiscus - Various species used in  traditional herbal medicines dating back to Roman times.
  • Skullcap - A powerful medicinal herb, it was cultivated Native Americans for use in several remedies. Pregnant women should not take Skullcap.
Pneumonia:

  • Dogwood - Bark, berries, and twigs used in decoctions internally and externally.

  • Honeysuckle - Used in traditional herbal remedies for thousands of years.

  • Pleurisy Root - Long been found to be effective for many respiratory disorders.

  • Rabbit Tobacco - Was thought to have had spiritual or mystic powers by many Indians.

  • White Pine -  The inner bark, young shoots, twigs, pitch, and leaves have long been used by Native Americans in medical remedies.

  • Wild Black Cherry - The dried inner bark was traditionally used in tea or syrups for several health problems.

Poison Anecdote:

  • Tobacco - Long been important in Native American culture for social, religious, ceremonial purposes as well as in medicinal remedies.

Moccasin Tracks Balm - For skin irritations, burns, poison ivy, insect bites, sunburn, and gum irritationsPoison Ivy, Oak, Sumac, etc.

  • Plantain - Considered to be one of the nine sacred herbs by the ancient Saxon people and has a long history of use as an alternative medicine dating back to ancient times.
  • Sumac - Viewed by some tribes as a sacred plant, Sumac was used for both food and medicine.
  • Witch Hazel - Widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians.
Prostate Conditions:

  • Cat's Claw - Used in teas and tonics for more than 2,000 years.
  • Pau d'arco - Long used for a wide range conditions.
  • Prickly Pear Cactus - Native Americans used the younger pads for food and in teas; while mature pads were used in poultices.
  • Saw Palmetto - Long prized as a food product, it was also used by Native Americans to make baskets and fans, as well as in medicinal remedies.
  • Shavegrass - Used for centuries as a remedy for various medical conditions.
  • Uva Ursi - Used medicinally since the second century. Should not be used by pregnant women.
Psoriasis:

  • Burdock - Roots and leaves utilized internally and externally. Avoid if pregnant or nursing.
  • Marshmallow Root - Dating back thousands of years, this root has been used as a food and medicine.
  • Red Clover - Traditionally used for a number of conditions.
  • Witch Hazel - Widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians.
Purgative:

  • Poke - Though parts of this plant are highly toxic to livestock and humans, it has long been used as a food and medicine by Native Americans.

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Native Plants Native Healing BookReproductive System:

  • Ashwagandha - The whole plant is used in numerous remedies. Caution is advised in the use of this plant since it is toxic. 
  • Bee Pollen - One of the oldest health foods used by man, it is mixed with food or drinks, or as a pill supplement today.
  • Blue Cohosh - Root is used in teas and tonics.
  • Jiaogulan - Known for its many health-giving qualities and anti-aging effects.
  • Lecithin - Found in several plants, it is beneficial for a variety of body systems.
  • Skullcap - A powerful medicinal herb, it was cultivated Native Americans for use in several remedies. Pregnant women should not take Skullcap.
  • Wild Black Cherry - The dried inner bark was traditionally used in tea or syrups for several health problems.
  • Wild Rose - There are hundreds of species that have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Respiratory Problems:

  • Black Cohosh - Roots of the plant were used in teas for a variety of ailments.
  • Bloodroot - Primarily used as a medicine for respiratory and digestive problems, it also used externally. Today, we know it is toxic and the FDA has classified it as unsafe.
  • Broom Snakeweed - Roots and leaves used in steam therapies, teas, and poultices.
  • Cat's Claw - Used in teas and tonics for more than 2,000 years.
  • Chokecherry - Used as both a source of food and medicine, it was considered one of the most important herbs in Native American medicine.
  • Eastern Skunk Cabbage - Dried leaves used as seasoning, in remedies, and as a magical talisman by various tribes.
  • Echinacea - Roots were chewed, dried in tea, or pulverized for external use.
  • Fennel - S eeds, leaves, and roots used in cooking and medicinal remedies.
  • Fenugreek - Used internally and externally for a variety of medicinal purposes.
  • Hibiscus - Various species used in  traditional herbal medicines dating back to Roman times.
  • Honeysuckle - Used in traditional herbal remedies for thousands of years.
  • Marshmallow Root - Dating back thousands of years, this root has been used as a food and medicine.
  • Mint - Dried leaves used in teas and food, found helpful in a number of remedies.
  • Mullein - A tobacco-like plant and one of the oldest herbs, it has a long history of use as a medicine.
  • Osha - Having a wide variety of medicinal properties, Osha was highly valued by Native Americans.
  • Pleurisy Root - Long been found to be effective for many respiratory disorders.
  • Saw Palmetto - Long prized as a food product, it was also used by Native Americans to make baskets and fans, as well as in medicinal remedies.
  • Red Clover - Traditionally used for a number of conditions.
  • Schisandra - A genus of shrub that has many medicinal uses.
  • Slippery Elm - The tree had many traditional uses by Native Americans.
  • Wild Garlic - Used throughout its history for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
  • Wild Onion - Traditionally used as both food and medicine.
  • Yarrow - Used for thousands of years, especially to stop bleeding.
  • Yellow Dock - Native Americans as a traditional medicine and food.
Restlessness including restless legs syndrome and restless sleep:

  • Catnip - Stems and leaves make an aromatic tea which is useful for many conditions.
  • Chamomile - Commonly used in teas it is best known to help with sleep.
  • Hops - Though most commonly known for its use in beer, it also has medicinal properties.
  • Skullcap - A powerful medicinal herb, it was cultivated Native Americans for use in several remedies. Pregnant women should not take Skullcap.
  • Valerian Root - Has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome.

Rheumatism:

  • Ashwagandha - The whole plant is used in numerous remedies. Caution is advised in the use of this plant since it is toxic. 
  • Black Cohosh - Roots of the plant were used in teas for a variety of ailments.
  • Blue Cohosh - Root is used in teas and tonics.
  • Bloodroot - Primarily used as a medicine for respiratory and digestive problems, it also used externally. Today, we know it is toxic and the FDA has classified it as unsafe.
  • Boswellia - Fragrant resin utilized in a variety of ailments. Should not be used by the pregnant, breast-feeding women and children.
  • Broom Snakeweed - Roots and leaves used in steam therapies, teas, and poultices.
  • Burdock - Roots and leaves utilized internally and externally. Avoid if pregnant or nursing.
  • Cardinal Flower - Roots, leaf tea and poultices were used internally and externally.
  • Cat's Claw - Used in teas and tonics for more than 2,000 years.
  • Eastern Skunk Cabbage - Dried leaves used as seasoning, in remedies, and as a magical talisman by various tribes.
  • Garcinia Cambogia - Fruit rind used in a variety of remedies. Not recommended for those with diabetes, people suffering any dementia syndrome, or pregnant and lactating women.
  • Ginger Root - Utilized as both a spice and medicine throughout the world.
  • Greenbriar - Teas and salves used internally and externally.
  • Indian Hemp - A type of marijuana it was used to make clothes, rope, and paper as well as boiling the roots into teas for medicinal problems.

  • Indian Paintbrush - Used for several purposes these plants are potentially toxic if the roots or green parts are consumed.

  • Juniper - Used internally and externally for medicinal purposes. Pregnant women should not use this herb as it has been known to cause miscarriage.

  • Osha - Having a wide variety of medicinal properties, Osha was highly valued by Native Americans.

  • Plantain - Considered to be one of the nine sacred herbs by the ancient Saxon people and has a long history of use as an alternative medicine dating back to ancient times.

  • Poke - Though parts of this plant are highly toxic to livestock and humans, it has long been used as a food and medicine by Native Americans.
  • Sarsaparilla - Used for centuries in a wide variety of medicinal remedies.
  • Senna - A large genus of flowering plants found to be helpful in many remedies.
  • Spearmint - Teas, poultices, and oils used internally and externally for several remedies.
  • Star Anise - The fruit of a small tree with a licorice-like flavor long used in medicinal remedies.
  • Sweetflag - Has a very long history of medicinal use in many herbal traditions.
  • White Pine - The inner bark, young shoots, twigs, pitch, and leaves have long been used by Native Americans in medicinal remedies.
  • Wild Rose - There are hundreds of species that have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
  • Wild Yam - Traditionally used as both food and medicine.
Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Black Cohosh - Roots of the plant were used in teas for a variety of ailments.
  • Burdock - Roots and leaves utilized internally and externally. Avoid if pregnant or nursing.
  • Dong Quai - Used for more than a thousand years to treat a number of conditions.

    Devil's Claw - Used in teas and tonics internally and in poultices externally. Should not be used by woman who are or may be pregnant.

  • Honeysuckle - Used in traditional herbal remedies for thousands of years.

Ringing in Ears (Tinnitus):

  • Black Cohosh - Roots of the plant were used in teas for a variety of ailments.
Ringworm:

  • Bloodroot - Primarily used as a medicine for respiratory and digestive problems, it also used externally. Today, we know it is toxic and the FDA has classified it as unsafe.
  • Boswellia - Fragrant resin utilized in a variety of ailments. Should not be used by the pregnant, breast-feeding women and children.
  • Milkweed - Though it can be toxic if not prepared properly, Milkweed was used as a food and medicine, as well as in making cords, ropes, and a coarse cloth. Warning: Milkweed may be toxic when taken internally, without sufficient preparation.
  • Oak - Acorns and bark used for a variety of medical ailments.
  • Yellow Dock - Native Americans as a traditional medicine and food.
 

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