Native American and Other Ancient Remedies

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Medicine Woman

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We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

— Iroquois

 

Fatigue:

  • American Ginseng – Used in teas and tonics, and sometimes smoked by Native Americans.
  • Ashwagandha – The whole plant is used in numerous remedies. Caution is advised in the use of this plant since it is toxic.
  • Cat’s Claw – Used in teas and tonics for more than 2,000 years.
  • Eleuthero People with medicated high blood pressure should consult their doctor,  can cause insomnia.
  • Ginsing – Numerous specifies throughout the world have been used for thousands of years in medical remedies.
  • Green Tea – Made solely with the leaves of Camellia Sinensis, it is known for its many helpful properties.
  • Guarana – Containing caffeine, it has many of the same effects as coffee.
  • Lavender – Dating back to Roman times, Lavender has been used in teasbalms, food, and medicinal remedies.
  • Licorice Root – Used as flavoring in food and for hherbal remedies.
  • Maca – Used for centuries, Maca is consumed as a food and used for medicinal purposes.
  • Rhodiola – Best known in improving physical and mental performance.
  • Schisandra – A genus of shrub that has many medicinal uses.
  • Yerba Mate – A species of Holly that has a long history as a medicinal herb.

 

Fertility:

 

Fever:

  • American Ginseng – Used in teas and tonics, and sometimes smoked by Native Americans.
  • American Licorice – Chewed or used in teas for internal issues, in a poultice externally.
  • Boswellia – Fragrant resin utilized in a variety of ailments. Should not be used by the pregnant, breastfeeding women and children.
  • Broom Snakeweed – Roots and leaves used in steam therapies, teas, and poultices.
  • Buffaloberry – Used as food and in herbal remedies. Overindulgence can cause severe problems including death.
  • Devil’s Claw – Used in teas and tonics internally and in poultices externally. Should not be used by women who are or may be pregnant.
  • Dogwood – Bark, berries, and twigs used in decoctions internally and externally.
  • Catnip – Stems and leaves make an aromatic tea which is useful for many conditions.
  • Cardinal Flower – Roots, leaf tea and poultices were used internally and externally.
  • Dandelion – Used in both foods and internal and external medical remedies.
  • Eucalyptus – Teas and ointments used for a variety of purposes.
  • Feverfew – Used for a variety of internal medical problems. Should not be used by women who are pregnant.
  • Feverwort – Used internally and externally in herbal medicine.
  • Ginger Root – Utilized as both a spice and medicine throughout the world.
  • Gymnema Sylvestre – Has been used as natural treatment for diabetes for nearly 2,000 years.
  • Hibiscus – Various species used in  traditional herbal medicines dating back to Roman times.
  • Honeysuckle – Used in traditional herbal remedies for thousands of years.
  • Horsemint – Leaves and flowering stems used in teas, tonics, and salves for a variety of medical issues. Should not be used by pregnant women.
  • 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.
  • Native Hemlock – Used by Native Americans as a dye, for tanning hides, making baskets and wooden items, as well as 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.
  • 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.
  • Persimmon – Long used as food and in traditional medicine.
  • Rabbit Tobacco – Was thought to have had spiritual or mystic powers by many Indians.
  • Sarsaparilla – Used for centuries in a wide variety of medicinal remedies.
  • Sassafras – Used extensively for food and medicine by Native Americans long before European settlers arrived.
  • Spearmint – Teas, poultices, and oils used internally and externally for several remedies.
  • Sumac – Viewed by some tribes as a sacred plant, Sumac was used for both food and medicine.
  • Tobacco – Long been important in Native American culture for social, religious, ceremonial purposes as well as in medical remedies.
  • Wild Rose – There are hundreds of species that have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
  • Wheat Grass – The result of centuries of the cultivation, it is used for numerous medical conditions.
  • 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.
  • White Willow – The use of willow bark dates back thousands of years.
  • Willow – The leaves and bark of the willow tree have been used since times of ancient Egypt and Greece.
  • Yerba Mate – A species of Holly that has a long history as a medicinal herb.

 

Flatulence:

  • Fennel – Seeds, leaves, and roots used in cooking and medicinal remedies.
  • Galangal – Similar to other ginger related herbs, it is primarily used for digestive disorders.
  • Ginger Root – Utilized as both a spice and medicine throughout the world.
  • Green Tea – Made solely with the leaves of Camellia Sinensis, it is known for its many helpful properties.
  • Horehound – Whole plant used internally and externally. People with gastritis or peptic ulcer disorders should use it cautiously.
  • Horsemint – Leaves and flowering stems used in teas, tonics, and salves for a variety of medical issues. Should not be used by pregnant women.
  • Lemon Balm – A calming herb that has been used since the Middle Ages.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sage – Used for thousands of years in cooking and like other culinary herbs, it has long been thought to be a digestive aid aid and appetite stimulant.
  • Savory – An aromatic herb used as a spice and in folk medicine.
  • Star Anise – The fruit of a small tree with a licorice-like flavor long used in medical remedies.
  • Stevia – An herb long used as a sweetener which also has medical remedy properties.
  • Sweetflag – Has a very long history of medicinal use in many herbal traditions.
  • Wild Carrot – Used as both food and for health conditions.

 

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Flu:

  • American Ginseng – Used in teas and tonics, and sometimes smoked by Native Americans.
  • Boneset – Dried leaves are used in tea. Caution is advised as it is toxic and has side effects.
  • 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.
  • Echinacea – Roots were chewed, dried in tea, or pulverized for external use.
  • Elder – Ripe elderberries used as both a food and in medicinal remedies.
  • Eleuthero – Dried roots have been used for centuries. People with medicated high blood pressure should consult their doctor, can cause insomnia.
  • Feverwort – Used internally and externally in herbal medicine.
  • Ginger Root – Utilized as both a spice and medicine throughout the world.
  • Goldenrod – Long used for a variety of ailments.
  • Goldenseal – Used internally and external for medicinal issues. Should not be taken by pregnant women.
  • Green Tea – Made solely with the leaves of Camellia Sinensis, it is known for its many helpful properties.
  • Mint – Dried leaves used in teas and food, found helpful in a number of remedies.
  • Native Hemlock – Used by Native Americans as a dye, for tanning hides, making baskets and wooden items, as well as 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.
  • Rabbit Tobacco – Was thought to have had spiritual or mystic powers by many Indians.
  • Sage – Used for thousands of years in cooking and like other culinary herbs, it has long been thought to be a digestive aid aid and appetite stimulant.
  • Sassafras – Used extensively for food and medicine by Native Americans long before European settlers arrived.
  • Star Anise – The fruit of a small tree with a licorice-like flavor long used in medicinal remedies.
  • White Pine –  The inner bark, young shoots, twigs, pitch, and leaves have long been used by Native Americans in medicinal remedies.
  • Wild Black Cherry – The dried inner bark was traditionally used in tea or syrups for several health problems.
  • Yarrow – Used for thousands of years, especially to stop bleeding.

 

 

Fluid Retention:

  • Grapefruit – Seeds, pulp, and inner rind used for internal conditions.
  • Persimmon – Long used as food and in traditional medicine.

 

Food Poisoning:

 

 

 

 

Gallbladder Problems:

  • Dandelion – Used in both foods and internal and external medical remedies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wild Yam – Traditionally used as both food and medicine.

 

Gallstones:

  • Buffaloberry – Used as food and in herbal remedies. Overindulgence can cause severe problems including death.
  • Lecithin – Found in several plants, it is beneficial for a variety of body systems.

Gangrene:

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Gastrointestinal Complaints:

  • Horehound – Whole plant used internally and externally. People with gastritis or peptic ulcer disorders should use it cautiously.
  • Saltbush – Many species used for a variety of conditions.
  • Slippery Elm – The tree had many traditional uses by Native Americans.
  • 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.
  • Valerian Root – Has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome.
  • Wormwood – The leaves and flowering tops were gathered and dried to use in medicinal tonics.
  • Yerba Mate – A species of Holly that has a long history as a medicinal herb.

 

Gonorrhea:

  • Black Raspberry – Roots and leaves are boiled into tea or chewed, and washes used externally.
  • Cattail – Utilized as a food, as well as in external and internal medical remedies.
  • Dogwood – B ark, berries, and twigs used in decoctions internally and externally.
  • Juniper – Used internally and externally for medicinal purposes. Pregnant women should not use this herb as it has been known to cause miscarriage.
  • Sarsaparilla – Used for centuries in a wide variety of medicinal remedies.

 

Gout:

  • Burdock – Roots and leaves utilized internally and externally. Avoid if pregnant or nursing.
  • 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.
  • Goldenrod – Long used for a variety of ailments.
  • Juniper – Used internally and externally for medicinal purposes. Pregnant women should not use this herb as it has been known to cause miscarriage.
  • 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.
  • Senna – A large genus of flowering plants found to be helpful in many remedies.
  • Slippery Elm – The tree had many traditional uses by Native Americans.
  • Wheat Grass – The result of centuries of the cultivation, it is used for numerous medical conditions.
  • Wild Rose – There are hundreds of species that have been used medicinally for thousands of years.

 

Gum and Mouth Problems:

  • Blackberry -Leaves are made into gargles to sooth mouth and throat ailments.
  • Buck Brush – Applies to a number of North American shrubs used in herbal medicine.
  • Galangal – Similar to other ginger related herbs, it is primarily used for digestive disorders.Geranium – Scented geranium used in teas for various conditions.
  • Goldenseal – Used internally and external for medicinal issues. Should not be taken by pregnant women.
  • Juniper – Used internally and externally for medicinal purposes. Pregnant women should not use this herb as it has been known to cause miscarriage.
  • Marshmallow Root – Dating back thousands of years, this root has been used as a food and medicine.
  • Native Hemlock – Used by Native Americans as a dye, for tanning hides, making baskets and wooden items, as well as medicinal remedies.
  • 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.
  • Persimmon – Long used as food and in traditional medicine.
  • Rabbit Tobacco – Was thought to have had spiritual or mystic powers by many Indians.
  • Raspberry – Leaves and fruits used in a wide range of medical issues.
  • Goldenrod – Long used for a variety of ailments.
  • Sumac – Viewed by some tribes as a sacred plant, Sumac was used for both food and medicine.
  • Tribulus –  This herb has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
  • Tribulus –  This herb has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
  • Uva Ursi – Used medicinally since the second century. Should not be used by pregnant women.
  • Willow – The leaves and bark of the willow tree have been used since times of ancient Egypt and Greece.
  • Yellow Root – Though toxic in large doses, Native Americans made a tea of it to treat several medical problems.

 

Gynecological Problems:

 

Disclaimer:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and we make no medical claims, nor intend to diagnose, treat, or heal medical conditions. Women who are pregnant or nursing, or persons with known medical conditions should consult their physician before taking any herbal products.

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  1. I like to learn about natural health and have drank some of the herbal teas, they are good not to strong.i am really partial to the tea that taste like fruit.

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