Here are nine plants that the Cherokee tribe used to cure a variety of different symptoms:
1. Big Stretch (Wild Ginger)
Mild tea made from the wild ginger plant was believed to help stimulate the digestion process. The Cherokee believed it could also treat stomach problems, colic and even intestinal gas. Another Native American tribe, known as The Meskwaki, used pulverized wild ginger stems to treat ear infections.
2. Hummingbird Blossom (Buck Brush)
Hummingbird blossom was used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Traditionally, it was used as a diuretic to stimulate kidney function, but it was also used to treat inflamed tonsils or lymph nodes and other oral issues, as well as menstrual bleeding.
Modern day laboratory research has indicated that hummingbird blossom is great for treating lymphatic blockages and hypertension.
3. Wild Mint
Mint remains popular today as a tasty herbal tea that’s also packed with antioxidants. The Cherokee used mint to assist with digestion, and also ground the leaves up to create ointments or for use in cold compresses. Mint was also added to baths to help relieve itchy skin.