31 Powerful Native American Medicinal Cures

Herbal medicine refers to using plant`s roots, leaves, bark, seeds, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a very long tradition of use, but it is becoming more mainstream as clinical research proves its effectiveness in both treating and preventing disease.

The most commonly used herbal supplements in the U.S include garlic, Echinacea, ginseng, saw palmetto, St. John`s root, and gingko.

What follows is list of indigenous Native American medicinal cures, which were typically administered via pastes or teas that were either used internally or applied topically.

1. Alfalfa
It boosts the immune system, improves digestion, acts as anti-clotting agent, and treats kidney conditions and arthritis.

2. Aloe
The leaves can be squeezed and the juice can be used topically to treat insect bites, wounds, and burns.

3. Aspen
The inner bark is used to treat fever, coughs and pain.

4. Bee pollen
It is known to boost energy, improve digestion, and strengthen the immune system.

5. Beeswax
Used as salve for insect bite and burns.

6. Blackberry
The bark, leaves, and root can be infused in a tea and used to treat diarrhea and reduce inflammation. Also, it can be used as a gargle to treat mouth ulcers, inflamed gums, and sore throat.

7. Black raspberry
The roots are crushed and used as tea to relieve diarrhea, coughs, and intestinal distress.

8. Buckwheat
The seeds are used to relieve diarrhea and lower blood pressure levels.

9. Cayenne
Used as pain reliever as well as a treatment for digestive distress and arthritis. When used topically, it increases blood flow and acts as anesthetic and antiseptic.

10. Chamomile
Used as tea to treat nausea and intestinal problems.

11. Chokecherry
The berries are crushed into tea to treat various issues, such as diarrhea, nausea, cold, flu, and coughs.

12. Echinacea
Native Americans used it to boost immunity and fight fever and infections.

13. Eucalyptus
The oil obtained from the roots and leaves is used to treat flu, sore-throat, and fever.

14. Fennel
Often used in tea to relieve sore throat, coughs, diarrhea, and indigestion.

15. Feverfew
Used for digestive problems, joint pain, asthma, headaches, and fever.

16. Feverwort
Used for fever, general pain, and joint stiffness.

17. Ginger root
A quite versatile ingredient whose benefits range from aiding circulation and relieving colds to alleviating joint pain and reducing inflammation.

18. Ginseng
A long-known herb that is typically used to boost energy, strengthen the immune system, and treat fatigue.

19. Goldenrod
Native Americans considered it a cure-all, effective in alleviating coughs, flu, sore throat, chest congestion, bronchitis, and many more.

20. Honeysuckle
The berries, flowers and stems are used topically to treat skin infections and stings.

21. Hops
Used as a tea to treat digestive ailments.

22. Licorice
The roots and leaves are used for sore throats, colds, and coughs.

23. Mullein
Native Americans have long used this plant to treat coughs and lung congestion.

24. Passionflower
The leaves and flowers of this plant are usually made into tea and used to relax the muscles and treat anxiety.

25. Red clover
Often used to reduce inflammation, treat respiratory conditions, and improve circulation.

26. Rose hip
It is packed with vitamin C, which makes it effective in treating colds, coughs, and intestinal distress.

27. Sage
This shrub is a natural insect repellent which can be used to treat sore throat and colds.

28. Rosemary
A member of the pine family that is typically used to treat muscle pain and improve circulation.

29. White pine
The needless and the inner bark can be made into tea and used to treat chest congestion and respiratory distress.

30. Spearmint
Used for the treatment of colds, coughs, and respiratory distress.

31. Valerian
Known for its calming effect and an ability to relieve muscle pain.