Herbal Herbs

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  • Native American Herbal Herbs and healing techniques
  • Beliefs of Native Americans & the use of Herbal Herbs
  • Natural Treatment and cures using Herbal Herbs
  • Cleansing and Natural Healing Rituals using Herbal Herbs
  • Natural Remedies and Cures using Medicinal Herbal Herbs and herbal healing
  • Native American Indian Natural Medicinal Herbal Herbs, culture and religious beliefs
  • List and Chart of Herbal Herbs used by Native Americans
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Herbal Herbs

Definition of Herbal Herbs: What are Herbal Herbs? Herbal Herbs are natural plant substances used to treat and prevent illness and aid the healing process. In spiritual or medicinal use any of the parts of natural plants might be considered "herbs", including the leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, seed pots, resin, berries, root bark, inner bark and cambium (the green growth layer just next to the bark) or other parts of the plant.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal Herbs and Native American Healing & Cleansing
The Native Americans believed that natural Herbal Herbs are affect the spirit or soul of the person. Spiritual Healing, which includes the use of natural herbal herbs, is undertaken by the Shaman or Medicine Man of the tribes and is  based on the healing practices and beliefs of Native American Indians. This type of healing combines elements of spirituality, ceremonies and rituals using natural Medicinal Herbal Herbs for healing and cleansing. For additional information refer to the Preparation and Application of Herbal Medicinal Plants.

Sacred Herbal Herbs - Rituals, Spiritual Cleansing and Smudging
Natural Herbal Herbs have long been used as the basis of traditional Native American herbal medicine and spiritual healing, with its usage dating back to the ancient cultures of North America. Natural Herbal Herbs strongly feature in the ceremonies and rituals of Native Americans and used for their hallucinogenic and narcotic properties to induce
Trance States, spiritual experiences and Spiritual Journeys for rites of passage rituals, such as Vision Quests. Many of the Medicine Men or Shamans used natural herbal herbs such as sweetgrass, white sage and cedar for spiritual cleansing, healing and for Smudging Rituals.

The Medicine Man and the Herbal Herbs
The Medicine Man, or Shaman, became an expert in his knowledge of Herbal Herbs and how they should be used during spiritual experiences and the healing process. Over 2000 medicinal plants were used as natural herbal herbs by the Native Americans in all the different tribes across North America. The Shaman spent his whole life identifying and collecting such plants and herbal herbs. His knowledge of plant life and natural herbal herbs extended to the medicinal properties of trees, ferns, flowers, nuts, vines, grasses, shrubs and forbs (a broad-leaved herb other than a grass, found growing in prairies, fields and meadows.

Preparing Herbal Herbs
Medicinal Herbal herbs are prepared in several different ways as each of the herbal herbs release its healing powers in distinct forms. Methods in the preparation of Herbal Herbs included making infusions (hot teas), decoctions (boiled teas), tinctures (using alcohol and water extracts), macerations (cold soaking) in order to make powders, ointments,  poultices, and salves. The Medicine Man, or Shaman, required the knowledge and skills to use Herbal Herbs as remedies for the vast variety of ailments treated by modern doctors. The following Chart of Herbal Herbs provide details of the names of common plants used by the Shaman as medicinal herbal herbs and those used in ceremonies and rituals with hallucinogenic, amnesiac and narcotic properties, including the use of tobacco as one of their herbal herbs.

Chart of Natural Herbal Herbs - Medicinal Herbal Remedies and Treatments
The Medicine Man needed to know the properties of Herbal Herbs, how they should be prepared and the quantities that were safe to administer. Some of the herbal herbs used were toxic or poisonous but were not dangerous if the correct quantities were taken. Herbal Herbs could be used in many ways, using different parts of the plant including the leaves, flowers, juice, bark and roots to make powders, poultices, essential oils, ointments, tinctures, salves and teas.

A - Z Chart of Natural Herbal Herbs

English Names of Medicinal Herbal HerbsLatin Names of Medicinal
Herbal Herbs
Medicinal Properties of Herbal HerbsRemedies, Treatments and Use of Herbal HerbsParts used in the preparation of Herbal Herbs

Herbal Herbs:

American Cranberrybush
Crampbark
 
Viburnum trilobumAntispasmodic, nervine, tonic, astringent, diuretic Relieves cramps and spasms
high blood pressure, heart conditions, colds, fever, flu, eczema and skin conditions
Bark

Herbal Herbs:

American Elder
 
Sambucus canadensis Various, according to plant part usedHeadache, coughs, colds, influenzaRoot, inner bark, leaf buds, berries, leaves, flowers

Herbal Herbs:

American Linden
 
Tilia americanaDiaphoretic, stomachic
Bark: emollient
Colds, flu, coughs, fever, headaches, indigestionFlowers and leaves, inner bark

Herbal Herbs:

Arnica
 
Arnica montanaDiaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, stimulantBackache, wounds, bruises, arthritis, and irritationsFlowers, roots

Herbal Herbs:

Bayberry
 
Myrica ceriferaStimulant, astringent, emetic, antispasmodic,  tonicStomach disorders
Colds, flu
Poultices
Bark, leaves, flowers

Herbal Herbs:

Bearberry
 

Arctostaphylos
uva-ursi

 

Diuretic, astringent, tonic
 
Kidney and bladder infections, kidney stones, diabetesLeaves

Herbal Herbs:

Black Cherry
 
Prunus serotinaAstringent, sedative, digestive, expectorantColds, flu, coughs, fever, headaches, indigestionDried inner bark

Herbal Herbs:

Black snake root
aka Cohosh
 
Macrotys
Cimicifuga racemosa
 
Astringent, diuretic, expectorant, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatoryInflammations, rheumatism,
'female ailments'
Rootstock

Herbal Herbs:

Bloodroot
 
Sanguinaria canadensisExpectorant,stimulant, diuretic, sedative, antibacterialRheumatism
Sore Throat
Respiratory Infections
Rootstock

Herbal Herbs:

Boneset
 
Eupatorium perfoliatum Laxative, antispasmodic, expectorantRheumatism, Colds, flu, coughs, fever, headachesLeaves and flowering tops

Herbal Herbs:

Bugleweed
 
Lycopus virginicus Sedative, astringent, mild narcotic, tonicHeart diseases, chronic lung ailments, coughs, diabetes. Whole plant

Herbal Herbs:

Burdock
 
Arctium minusDiaphoretic, diuretic, tonicSkin blood and bladder disordersWhole plant

Herbal Herbs:

Butternut
 
Juglans cinereaVarious, according to plant part usedDigestive and skin disordersInner bark, nuts, nut oil, and leaves

Herbal Herbs:

Catnip
 
Nepeta catariaAntispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, tonicColds, flu, coughs, fever, headaches, painLeaves

Herbal Herbs:

Comfrey
 
Symphytum officinaleAstringent, emollient,
expectorant, tonic
Asthma, coughs, flu, ulcers, varicose veins, pain, and burns. Stomach, kidneys, bowels, and lungs.Leaves and root

Herbal Herbs:

Purple
Coneflower
 
Echinacea
pupurea
Antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic, digestive, tonic, antisepticSnake bite
Stings
Blood Poisoning
Immune System
Roots and leaves

Herbal Herbs:

Flowering Dogwood
 
Cornus floridaAstringent, stimulant, tonicOintments, fever, pneumonia, coldsInner bark, berries, twigs

Herbal Herbs:

Gentian
 
Gentiana LuteaStomachic, antibacterial, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, laxativeBackache, liver complaints, tonicRoots and Leaves


Herbal Herbs:

Goldenseal
Hydrastis
canadensis
Laxative, tonic,  antibacterial,
Skin diseases
Sore eyes
Gum disease
Liver
Heart problems
 
Roots

Herbal Herbs:

Goldthread
 
Coptis trifolia Tonic, sedativeDyspepsia
Gargle, mouthwash
Rootstock

Herbal Herbs:

Gum Plant
 
Grindelia robustaAntispasmodic, expectorant, sedativeColds, flu, respiratory complaints, digestive complaintsLeaves, flowering tops

Herbal Herbs:

Horsemint
 
Monarda punctataCardiac, diuretic, aromatic, stomachic, calmativeBackache, fever, inflammation, and chills
Digestive problems
Leaves, flowering tops

Herbal Herbs:

Horsetail
 
Equisetum arvenseDiuretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, styptic Diuretic, astringent
gall stones, and kidney stones
Stems

Herbal Herbs:

Horseweed
 
Erigeron canadensisAstringent, diuretic, styptic, tonicDiarrhea, dysentery, and hemorrhoidsLeaves or plant

A - Z Chart of Natural Herbal Herbs

 

 

A - Z Chart of Natural Herbal Herbs

English Names of Medicinal Herbal HerbsLatin Names of Medicinal
Herbal Herbs
Medicinal Properties of Herbal HerbsRemedies, Treatments and Use of Herbal HerbsParts used in the preparation of Herbal Herbs

Herbal Herbs:

Indian Tobacco
 
Lobelia inflataAntispasmodic, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, stimulant, sedative Asthma
Poultices
Seeds, flowers, and leaves

Herbal Herbs:

Jewelweed
 
Impatiens bifloraAntispasmodic, cathartic, caustic, diuretic, expectorant, purgativeSore MouthWhole plant

Herbal Herbs:

Jimson Weed
 
Datura stramoniumAntispasmodic, hypnotic, narcoticA narcotic poisonLeaves, root, seed

Herbal Herbs:

Liverleaf
 
Hepatica americanaDiuretic, pectoral, tonic, astringent
 
Bronchitis, coughs, fever, colds, sore throat, jaundice, indigestionLeaves, flowers

Herbal Herbs:

Mullein
 
Verbascum Thapsus Diuretic, expectorant, analgesic, tonic, antispasmodic, astringentAsthma, Hay Fever
Diarrhea, dysentery
Leaves, flowers, root

Herbal Herbs:

Peppermint
 
Mentha piperitaStomachic, calmative, analgesicHeadaches, heartburn, indigestion Leaves, oil, and flowering tops

Herbal Herbs:

Pokeberry
 
Phytolacca americanaReduces inflammation, emetic,  catharticRheumatism
Poultices
Root, leaves, berries

Herbal Herbs:

Sage
 
Salvia officinalis
Salvia apiana is the white sage used in Smudging
Diaphoretic, stimulant, diurectic, antispasmodic, anti-diarrheic, expectorantCoughs, colds, digestive problemsLeaves

Herbal Herbs:

Sagebrush
 
Artemisia tridentata
 
Aromatic, antisepticWoundsLeaves

Herbal Herbs:

Sassafras
 
Sassafras variifoliumAromatic, stimulant, diuretic, antiseptic.Rheumatism, arthritis, gout, skin complaintsBark of the root

Herbal Herbs:

Skunk Cabbage
 
Spathyema foetidaAntispasmodic, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, slightly narcotic, stimulantAsthma, respiratory ailments, rheumatismRootstock; roots and seed

Herbal Herbs:

Spearmint
 
Mentha spicataStomachic, calmative, analgesic
 
Headaches, heartburn, indigestion Leaves, oil, and flowering tops

Herbal Herbs:

Stone root
 
Collinsonia canadensisDiuretic, tonic, astringentUrinary problems
Poultice for wounds and sprains
Leaves and Rootstock

Herbal Herbs:

Sweetfern
 
Comptonia peregrinaAstringent, tonicDigestive and Skin problemsWhole plant

Herbal Herbs:

Sweetgrass
Sweet Grass
 
Hierochloe odorataCalmativeCoughs, sore throats  Teas used for chapping, windburn, eyewashLeaves

Herbal Herbs:

Tamarack
 
Larix laricinaDiuretic, laxative, tonicBark, resin, young shoots, needlesBark, resin, young shoots, needles

Herbal Herbs:

Tansy
 
Tanacetum vulgareAromatic, diaphoretic, carminative (relieves intestinal gas) and tonic.Circulation, treating varicose veins, tonicFlowers, seeds

Herbal Herbs:

Wahoo
 
Euonymus atropurpureus Cardiac, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, tonicHeart, chest and lung congestion, indigestionBark and root bark

Herbal Herbs:

White Mustard
 
Brassica alba Appetizer, digestive, irritantRheumatism, sciatica, peritonitis, neuralgiaSeeds

Herbal Herbs:

White Sage
 
Salvia apiana is the white sage used in SmudgingDiaphoretic, stimulant, diurectic, antispasmodic, anti-diarrheic, expectorantCoughs, colds, digestive problemsLeaves

Herbal Herbs:

Wild Ginger

 
Asarum canadenseStimulant, tonic, diureticTreating wounds Earache
Gout
Roots

Herbal Herbs:

Wild Indigo
 
Baptisia tinctoriaAntiseptic, stimulant, purgativePneumonia, tuberculosis, influenza, kidneysBark of the root and the leaves

Herbal Herbs:

Wintergreen
 
Gaultheria
procumbens
Analgesic, astringent, diuretic, stimulant, anodyne, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, aromaticAsthma
Rheumatism
Headache
Leaves

Herbal Herbs:

Witch Hazel
 
Hamamelis virginianaAstringent, sedative, styptic, tonicAstringent, skin irritations, bruises, varicose veinsBark and leaves

Herbal Herbs:

Wormwood
 
Artemisia absinthiumAntiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, narcotic, stimulant, stomachic, tonicIndigestion, gastric pain, fevers, dysentery, asthmaLeaves, flowering tops


Herbal Herbs:

Yarrow
 
Achillea MillefoliumAstringent, antispasmodic, tonic, promotes sweating
Headaches, fevers, colds, and influenza
rheumatism, high blood pressure
 
Whole plant

A - Z Chart of Natural Herbal Herbs

 

Herbal Herbs

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  • Remedies using Herbal Herbs
  • Native American Indian Herbal Herbs, culture and religious beliefs

 

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