15 Medicinal Plants And Herbs From The Cherokee People

Mountain Arnica Flowers Covered Tundra.

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5. Arnica

Modern medicine still uses this plant today! Arnica is known to have analgesic compounds that help to relieve the pain of muscle aches, arthritis, sprains, and bruises. Arnica should never be consumed internally as it can be fatal. Arnica is found in many creams and lotions that are sold in modern day pharmacies and drug stores. You can make your own arnica cream yourself by using the dried leaves and flowers.

 

6. Skunk Cabbage

The root of this plant is so effective at helping to remove phlegm from the respiratory tract that it was used and listed in the official United States Pharmacopoeia between the years of 1820 and 1882. This plant is still available today!

 

7. Yellow Dock

Yellow dock is not only a medicine, but it can be a source of food as well. It tastes a great deal like spinach, but it has more vitamins and minerals than spinach does! All you preppers should take note and keep some of these seeds on hand. This herb has a very long taproot, so it takes in many more nutrients than most other plants. The leaves of this plant are a good source of iron and have a mild laxative effect. The juice from the stems of yellow dock can be mixed with a base oil of your choice, such as olive oil, coconut oil, or even beeswax to help stop most skin problems such as diaper rash, poison ivy, and even ringworm.

 

8. Geranium

The root of geranium plants was boiled with wild grape roots. The liquid was strained and used as a rinse to help stop mouth infections and fungal infections like thrush.

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