Old American Indian remedies still good today

It is unknown just how ancient peoples, including American Indians, determined the medicinal properties of the plants that surrounded them.

But what has been learned is that these early Americans followed principles similar to the Yin and Yang of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Modern science has verified the medicinal properties of many of these ancient remedies.

For example, common aspirin is derived from salicin, a chemical found in the inner bark of willow trees, which was used eons ago to treat fever and pain.

SAGE, which is common across North America, is a natural insect repellent, also used in teas for colds, sore throat and digestive disorders.

GINSENG was used hundreds, even thousands of years ago as a food additive and tea and poultice to treat fatigue, boost energy and help lung and liver function.

CAYENNE served as a pain reliever and treatment for arthritis and digestive distress when taken with food. It was also applied to wounds to increase blood flow (ouch!), and act as an antiseptic and anesthetic to numb pain.

BEE POLLEN, mixed with food, boosted energy, aided digestion and generally enhanced the immune system.

ECHINACEA, also called ‘purple coneflower, was a classic American Indian remedy to increase strength and energy, as well as to fight infections, colds and coughs.

ROSEMARY is a member of the pine family and has been used for thousands of years to flavor food and as a tea to relieve muscle pain, improve circulation, and as a general internal cleanser.

WHITE PINE (needles and inner bark) was used by ancient people to relieve respiratory distress, chest congestion and other ailments.

BLACKBERRIES have long grown wild in many environments. But not only were the berries a valuable food, the roots, bark and leaves were crushed and infused in teas to treat diarrhea, reduce inflammation, stimulate energy (metabolism) and also as a gargle to treat mouth ulcers, sore throat and gum inflammation.

MULLEIN is a ‘weed’ that usually appears unwanted in locales across the country and world. But early American Indians (and no doubt other ancient populations) found it a valuable treatment for inflammation, coughs, congestion and general lung afflictions. (The big, soft leaves are also an adequate wildland toilet paper, if anyone’s interested!)

HONEYSUCKLE perfumed the air of many wetter environments, and their berries, stems, flowers and leaves were ground up and applied to bee stings and skin infections, and as a tea it treated colds, headaches and sore throats. It has been found to have valuable anti-inflammatory properties.

There are many other plants and weeds throughout the country and world whose medicinal value has been overlooked, undervalued and mostly forgotten.

But you have to admire those ancient experimenters and practitioners who lived close to nature and learned (and even taught us) what it had to offer.

Source: Steve Nubie, Offthegridnews.com

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