When it comes to natural remedies, many of us are familiar with the benefits of willow bark as an analgesic or aloe as an anesthetic and a remedy for various skin changes.
But it is all common knowledge about the knowledge and treatments that the North American Indians used and discovered.
The North American Indians developed a “wheel” similar to the yin-yang system of Asian medicine. The use of herbal remedies and other alternative treatments is considered to be the pinnacle of medicine.
This was a holistic approach to medicine that relied on plants and their unique properties.
What follows is a list of plants, trees, fruits, and flowers unique to North America, which have amazing properties discovered by tribes of North American natives.
If and when a crisis occurs, you should know about some of these old remedies. They are also great for everyday use when you consider how effective some of them are.
We can hardly know how they determined which plant has medicinal properties, although a trial-and-error approach may be one of them. It is also believed that they observed sick animals that ate certain plants and thus determined whether the plant has any properties worth researching.
Since then, science has proven the medicinal positive properties of many of these plants. Ordinary aspirin is obtained from Salicin, a chemical found in the inner bark of willow that has been used to reduce fever and pain.
Instead of listing plants that cure the same problem over and over again, we tried to group the plants that you will find and recognize
- Alfalfa – helps digestion and is used against clots. Some of the other uses are in the treatment of arthritis, bladder and kidney conditions, and bone strengthening. Improves the immune system.
- Aloe – fleshy leaves can be squeezed to obtain a thick juice that can be used for burns, insect bites, and wounds.
- Aspen – the inner bark can be used as a tea to reduce fever, cough, and pain. It contains salicin, which is also found in willow and is the basic ingredient in aspirin.
- Bee pollen – when mixed with food, increases energy, helps digestion, and strengthens the immune system. If you are allergic to bee stings, you are probably also allergic to pollen.
- Beeswax – as a balm for burns, and insect bites. For external use only.
- Blackberry – root, bark, and leaves when crushed and used in tea are excellent against diarrhea, reduce inflammation, and stimulate metabolism. By rinsing the throat, they reduce irritation and inflammation of the gums.
- Raspberry – The root of this plant when it is crushed and tea is made or just boiled and chewed soothes cough, diarrhea and general intestinal problems.
- Buckwheat – seeds are used in soups and porridges to reduce blood pressure, help blood clotting and help with diarrhea.
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