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 a list of indigenous Native American medicinal cures, which were typically administered via pastes or teas that were either used internally or applied topically.
It boosts the immune system, improves digestion, acts as an anti-clotting agent, and treats kidney conditions and arthritis.
The leaves can be squeezed and the juice can be used topically to treat insect bites, wounds, and burns.
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.
Used as salve for insect bite and burns.
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.
The seeds are used to relieve diarrhea and lower blood pressure levels.
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.
Used as a tea to treat nausea and intestinal problems.
The berries are crushed into tea to treat various issues, such as diarrhea, nausea, cold, flu, and coughs.
Native Americans used it to boost immunity and fight fever and infections.
The oil obtained from the roots and leaves is used to treat flu, sore throat, and fever.
Often used in tea to relieve a sore throat, coughs, diarrhea, and indigestion.
Used for digestive problems, joint pain, asthma, headaches, and fever.
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.
A long-known herb that is typically used to boost energy, strengthen the immune system, and treat fatigue.
Native Americans considered it a cure-all, effective in alleviating coughs, flu, sore throat, chest congestion, bronchitis, and many more.
The berries, flowers, and stems are used topically to treat skin infections and stings.
Used as a tea to treat digestive ailments.
The roots and leaves are used for sore throats, colds, and coughs.
Native Americans have long used this plant to treat coughs and lung congestion.
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.
This shrub is a natural insect repellent which can be used to treat sore throat and colds.
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.
Used for the treatment of colds, coughs, and respiratory distress.
Known for its calming effect and an ability to relieve muscle pain.