The Native Americans were masters of holistic treatments; they knew what was available to them and they knew how to use those resources. Though we’re going to discuss some of the most common treatments (many are Cherokee) for top ailments, be extremely careful. What can cure you in a teaspoon can kill you in a cup. “Natural” does not necessarily equate to “safe”.
Aspiring medicine men and women began studying under experienced teachers at a young age and the craft was passed down from one generation to the next. It wasn’t something that was learned in a week, and it wasn’t written down in a book.
The information that we’ve gathered is meant to inspire you to learn more about alternative treatments because some day, that may be all that you have!
Mullein is a tobacco-like plant that grows straight up and has (usually) yellow flowers. It was traditionally smoked, used as a tea, made into an oil or tincture, or made into a poultice, depending upon what it was going to be used for. The leaves, flowers and stems are edible but the seeds contain a natural pesticide and are toxic.