For those unfamiliar with the Cherokee Nation, it was a Native American tribe from Oklahoma and the surrounding states, which believed that they received all the herbs and plants by their “Creator”, which served as gifts to treat illnesses and ailments.
But even now in modern days, we still don’t fully understand the effects of these herbs the way that these Native Americans did. But in the journey of discovering the full health-beneficial potential of the herbs around us, we made a list of the top 11 plants the Cherokee Nation used to cure everything, from joint pain to cancer:
Backbrush root was used by the traditional Cherokee healers for its diuretic properties, and it was commonly used to stimulate proper kidney function, as well as treat inflammation, tumors, cysts and specific health conditions such as inflamed tonsils, hemorrhoids, swelling and more.
We all know the miraculous properties of mint. The Cherokee also drank mint tea to stimulate the digestive system and lower blood pressure. They crushed its leaves and created salves as well as ointment, which they placed in baths to relieve itching and rashes.
Yarrow has been known for its ability to help the blood clot, meaning that it was widely used to treat wounds and help them heal faster. When ingested with water, this also helps reduce tissue inflammation.
- Wild Ginger
Just like regular ginger, wild ginger was used for a large number of medicinal purposes. A mild infusion of wild ginger was drank in the tribe to stimulate digestion.
- Smilax Bona-Nox
This plant was known and famous as the best blood purifier among the Native American tribes.
The Cherokee healers used the roots of blackberry plants, grounded them up and sweetened them with honey. The concoction was used to soothe coughs, bleeding gums, sore throats and mouth sores.
- Curly Dock
Curly dock was known for its large doses of iron, and was also believed to have laxative properties.
The Cherokee tribe avowed that this herb could do wonders when it came to lung and respiratory issues.
Details about the Cherokee tradition reveal that the tribe used cattail to help aid an individual in a recovery process.
Sumac leaves were usually used to prepare a tea that treats fever in no time. Fresh leaves of Sumac were also mixed with berries to prepare a paste that soothes poison ivy.
- Rose Hip
As most of us are familiar, rose hip is loaded with vitamin C, and the Cherokee tribe was quite aware of the benefits this plant had to offer. They consumed it in tea form to stimulate the bladder and kidneys, as well as to treat a sore throat and diarrhea.