Herbalism

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Native American Herbalism. Discover facts and information about the culture of Native American Indians and their use of Herbalism and herbs in healing, rituals and ceremonies.

  • Herbalism and Native American Indian beliefs
  • Definition of Herbalism
  • Religious beliefs and Herbalism in Native American Rituals and Ceremonies
  • Herbalism Rituals and Ceremonies
  • Use of Herbalism and Herbalism Fan
  • Interesting facts and information about the practise of Herbalism and the beliefs of Native American Indians
Native American Culture
Native Indian Tribes Index

Herbalism
Definition of Herbalism: What is Herbalism? Herbalism is a traditional medicinal practice based on the use of herbs, plants and plant extracts. Native American Shaman relied on his knowledge of herbs and plants as the source of healing remedies. Shamanic Healing is a form of Native American medicine that combines Herbalism with the help and guidance from the spirit world in order to treat the whole person - the mind, body and spirit.

Herbalism and Herbalists
Native American healers were herbalists and had a set of beliefs that combined physical healing with spiritual healing. Native American healers believed that plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs possessed spirit and intelligence and treated accordingly. When harvesting plants and herbs to be used in Herbalism the Shaman would only take what was required and asked permission and expressed gratitude during the harvesting process. The healing potential of the plants and herbs were empowered by ritual ceremonies, prayers, songs and chants.

Native American Herbalism and Remedies
Native American Herbalism encompassed the use of many herbs and plants that were indigenous to North America. Refer to the A - Z Chart of Natural Herbal Herbs and our article on Herbal Remedies for a comprehensive insight into the herbs used as treatments and remedies in Native American Herbalism. The practise of Herbalism allowed the Native Americans to treat, cleanse and purify the body without harmful side effects. The natural Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism helped the Shaman to regulate and normalize bodily functions.  Herbs are high in vitamins and minerals and their use in Herbalism techniques have the added benefit of raising energy levels, allowing the body to have extra energy to heal itself and to stimulate the immune system. The plants and Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism are natural remedies and were the natural medicines of the Native Americans who lived on the natural products in their environment that were produced by nature.

Native American Herbalism and Natural Treatments
There are over 20,000 plants in North America and about 2000 were used for healing remedies in Native American Herbalism. The Shaman needed in depth knowledge of the properties of the herbs, when they were best harvested and the part of the plants and herbs to use and how they should be prepared to treat members of the tribe. The Shaman was believed to have gifts or powers that allowed him to use Herbalism in a manner that was hidden from the average person. The Native American form of Herbalism enabled the Shaman to treat the heal the person and also affect the spirit or soul.

Native American Herbalism and Natural Treatments
The following chart provides illustrated facts and information about some of the herbs plants used in Herbalism by the Native American Indians.

Native American Herbalism and Natural Treatments

 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Wintergreen

Wintergreen The leaves of the Wintergreen are used to treat Asthma
Rheumatism
Headache
 
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

White Mustard

White Mustard The seeds of White Mustard are used to treat Rheumatism, sciatica, peritonitis, neuralgia 
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Spearmint

Spearmint The Leaves, oil, and flowering tops of Spearmint are use to treat Headaches, heartburn, indigestion  
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Gentian

Gentian The Leaves and roots of Gentian are use to treat Backache, liver complaints and as a tonic 
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Comfrey

Comfrey The Leaves of Comfrey are use to treat
Colds, flu, coughs, fever, headaches, pain
 
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Snakeroot

Snakeroot The rootstock of Snakeroot are use to treat Inflammations, rheumatism,
'female ailments'
 

Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

 

Native American Herbalism and Natural Treatments

 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Bearberry

Bearberry The Leaves of Bearberry are use to treat
Kidney and bladder infections,
kidney stones, diabetes
 
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel The Leaves and bark of Witch Hazel are use to treat skin irritations, bruises, varicose veins  
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Aloe

Aloe Aloe is used to treat insect bites and sunburn 
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Peppermint

Peppermint The Leaves, oil, and flowering tops of Peppermint are use to treat Headaches, heartburn, indigestion  
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Sage

Sage 

Sage (Salvia officinalis) are used in Herbalism and as healing herbs for Coughs, colds, and digestive problems 

The word 'Salvia' derives from the Latin term  "salvare" which means "to feel well and healthy" referring to the herb's healing properties.

Sage was also used for Smudging
sacred space.

 
 
Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

Yarrow

Yarrow Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) an aromatic herb that intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it.

Yarrow helps eliminate toxins from the body and used to treat Headaches, fevers, colds, and influenza, rheumatism, high blood pressure

 

Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism

 

Herbalism

  • Native American Smudging Sticks
  • Herbalism and the beliefs of Native Americans
  • The Culture of Smudging Sticks
  • Herbalism Rituals
  • Herbalism Herbs, rituals and ceremonies
  • Native American Indian Rituals and Ceremonies - Smudging Sticks

Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
Herbalism Rituals Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History of Native Americans and illustrate many decorations and tattoos used by American Indians. The pictures show the clothing, tattoos, war paint, weapons and decorations of various Native Indian tribes that can be used as a really useful educational history resource for kids and children of all ages and a means to study their interpretation. We have included pictures to accompany the main topic of this section - Native American Culture. The videos enable fast access to the images, paintings and pictures together with information and many historical facts. All of the articles can be accessed via the Native Indian Tribes Index.

 

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