Cherokee Herbology

Agrimony (Agrimonia Gyposepala): Drink tea of burs to check bowels, and for fevers; root tea to build up blood.

Alder, red/smooth/tag (Alnus Serrulata): For pains related to birth, ingredient in tea for menstrual period — acts as an emetic and a true purgative.

Alder, white (Clethra Acuminata): Decoction of bark and wild cherry is drunk to break a high fever.

Aloe/false aloe (Agave Virginica): Chew root for obstinate problems with diarrhea. Also good for treating animals for worms.

Alum-root, American Sanicle (Heuchera Americana): Root is an astringent; root tea for bowel complaints or dysentery (usually made with honey to improve the taste).

Angelica (Angelica Atropurpurea): Root tonic for fevers and colds; Gargle for sore throats and mouth pains/cold sores.

Bastard toadflax (Comandra Umbellataa): Steep with roots of pink lady's slipper for kidneys; put juice on open cuts or sores.

Beardtongue, hairy (Penstemon Laevigatus): Tea for cramps.

Birch, cherry/mountain/red/river/sweet (Betula Lenta): Chew leaves or drink tea for dysentery; tea for colds.

Bittersweet (Celastrus Scandens): Bark tea to settle stomach; strong tea combined with red raspberry leaves for pains of childbirth.

Blood leather/rock tripe (Gyrophora Dillenii): Stop bleeding from open wounds.

Bluebells/lungwort/Virginia cowslip (Mertensia Virginica): For whooping cough; consumption.

Bluets (Houstonia Caerulea): Tea to stop bedwetting.

Branch lettuce/saxifrage (Saxifraga Pensylvanica): Root poultice for sore swollen muscles.

Buckeye, red (Aesculus Pavia): Pounded nuts are poultice for swelling, sprains and infected wounds. bark tea drank for facilitating woman's delivery in childbirth.

Buffalo nut/oil nut (Pyrularia Pubera): Salve for old sores.

Butterfly weed/witch weed (Asclepias Tuberosa): Seeds or root are a gentle laxative; boil seeds in new milk for diarrhea; also for pleurisy, pains in breast, stomach and lungs.

Cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum): Bark tea for flu.

Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale): Roots in water for gonorrhea.

Coneflower/black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Fulgida): Root ooze for earache. Wash for snakebites and swelling caused by worms.

Fern, bracken (Pteridium Aquilinum): Root tonic used as antiseptic.

Fern, rattlesnake (Botrychium Virginianum): Boil root down to syrup and rub on snake bites.

Feverfew (Chrysanthemum Parthenium): Bathe swollen feet in a tea.

Geranium, wild (Geranium Maculatum): Used for open wounds; astringent.

Goosegrass (Galium Aparine): Tea to move bowels.

Indian Pipe/fit root/ice plant (Monotropa Uniflora): Root pulverized and given for epilepsy and convulsions.

Laurel, Mountain (Kalmia Latifola): Ingredient in liniments.

New Jersey tea/red root (Ceanothus Americanus): Hold root tea on an aching tooth; hot root tea for bowel complaints.

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