From: Free Leonard! Date: 08 Aug 2007, 12:43 PM Native American Healing
Many pharmaceutical drugs that are commonly used today come from our
Native Americans. Their extensive knowledge of medicinal plants has
contribute to present-day medicines that includes salicin. Willow
contains salicin, which is acetylsalicylic acid, the active
ingredient in aspirin they used complex pain killers long before
aspirin was develop by modern Science.
Native Americans would boil a tea or chew the willow leaves or inner
bark. The leaves and inner bark contains the medicinal extract, which
helped relieve minor pain from headaches, joint pain, and toothaches.
The same way aspirin is used today. The willow is often given the
nickname "toothache tree".
They would use all of nature, relaying on the plants for there
healing powers to combat illness. This could not be ignored by
medical science. The pharmaceutical industry grew out of the use of
the medical healing plants. Over 200 medical drugs and there source
can be linked back to Native Americans for their use of healing
Big Thunder (Bedagi)-Wabanaki Alonquin
"The great spirit is our father, but the earth is our mother. She
nourishes us: that which we put into the ground she returns to us,
and healing plants she gives to us likewise. If we are wounded, we go
to or mother and seek to lay the wounded part against her, to be
healed. Animals too, do thus, they lay their wounds to the earth."
Sometimes ailing animals were followed and observed to see what
plants they would eat to heal and get well. The bear revered for its
intelligence was considered a reliable source of herbal remedies.
Native Americans believe in not only healing the body but also the
mind and spirit. The healing practices can vary from individual
spiritual tradition, prayers, and rituals because there are about 500
Native American Nations. Each having their own unique knowledge and
understanding on the value of healing plants that "mother earth"
Healing plants and the variety of uses have a long history to Native
Black Cohosh: Used to treat a variety of ailments, joint pain, sore
throats, menstrual cramps and black cohosh had the ability to relieve
the pain of child birth, for this reason it was also known
as "Squawroot". A powerful antispasmodic herb relieving or preventing
spasms and muscle relaxes.
Boneset: Native Americans use this herb to relieve break-bone fever,
caused by a strain of influenza. It was also used as an infusion to
relieve snakebites, and indigestion.
Echinachea: Used to treat toothaches, snake bits, and insect bites.
contains a natural antibiotic that makes it an effective fighter on
Evening Primrose: From the Great lake region, Native Americans used
the entire plant as a sedative and painkiller. Sometimes it is
called "sun drop."
Goldenseal: Has a long history of use among Native Americans the
Cherokees, for example would use if for sore eyes, mouth ulcers,
tuberculosis, and insect repellent.
Hops: Some Native Americans used the blossoms for its sedative
effects, and dried the flowers for a toothaches remedy. It removes
pain and inflammation in a very short time. The hops can be applied
as a poultice or you can make a sleep pillow out of hops, and
lavender. The hops are a sedative. Lavender is relaxing.
Juniper: Native Americans made juniper tea to relieve colds, joint
pain, and stomach aches. Studies show that juniper can inhibit
prostaglandin synthesis. This show that the use of juniper for easing
joint pain may have some scientific basis.
Passion Flower: Native Americans made poultices from the leaves, and
applied to injuries. A cup of medicinal passion flower tea can be
made with ½ to one teaspoon of the dried herb to one cup of boiling
water. Add herbal tea to your bath for a soothing and relaxing soak.
Psyllium Plantago: Native Americans used the leave to treat sprains,
cuts, and as a wash for sore eyes.
Sage: Used to clean their teeth and to heal sores.
Uva Ursi: Native Americans would make a poultice of the leaves for
sore muscles, also the leaves would be mixed with tobacco leaves and
smoked, not for the same purpose that tobacco is smoked today.
Valerian: Used for treating wounds.
Wintergreen: Was used as a tea to treat joint pain, and sore muscles.
Yarrow: Used as a tea to treat fever, stomach aches, and used as a
poultice to treat burns, cuts, they would also chew the leaves to
relieve a toothache. The plant also has salicylic acid, active
painkiller in aspirin..
…Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure
it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of