11 Plants Native Americans Used to Cure Everything (from Joint Pain to Cancer)

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The Cherokees, a Native American tribe, has been practicing herbal medicine for hundreds of years in order to treat different health problems. In the past, some of them believed that they have been blessed by their creator to use these herbs as medicine. This is why they have a great respect for plants and follow a unique method of gathering, that is, they pick every third plant in order to ensure that the plants will continue growing for the next generations. Some of these natural remedies are still used by them nowadays.

In today’s article, we decided to share a list with 12 plants that they have considered as the most powerful ones because of their ability to address different types of health issues.

The 12 Most Potent Plants According to Native Americans


Mint is an herb with strong antioxidant characteristics and it is abundant in magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and C, and fiber. Cherokees crushed it and applied the leaves as compress to better the digestion or as an ointment. Also, they added it to bathwater to alleviate itchy skin. Cracked nipples due to breastfeeding and hypertension were also treated with mint.

Buck brush

They used it to address cysts, inflammation, fibroid tumors, mouth and throat problems, hypertension, and lymphatic blockage, as well as kidney problems, hemorrhoids, enlarged spleens, menstrual bleeding, and inflamed tonsils.

Wild rose

The fruit is rich in vitamin C and it was commonly used to treat the flu and common colds and they consumed tea from it to better the bladder and kidney function. Wild rose infusion is also beneficial against sore throat and the root against diarrhea.


Tea from mullein flowers is known to bring relief from chest congestion and asthma and it is abundant in anti-inflammatory characteristics that alleviate tissue pain and irritation. To treat joint ache and swollen feet, soak in warm water and mullein infusion.

Yellow dock

This herb is very similar to spinach, but it has more vitamins and minerals. It is also abundant in iron and juice made from the stem can be used to treat itchiness, diaper rashes, and minor sores.


This plant is highly beneficial against bleeding because it has blood-clotting characteristics. Juice made from it can be highly effective against internal stomach bleeding and intestinal problems. Yarrow tea is great against poor digestion and acne, irritated skin, and chapped hands, as well as gallbladder and kidney issues.


The root of cattail is abundant in starch and the male plants have pollen which makes a great baking supplement. A cattail paste can be highly effective against sores and burns.


When consumed regularly, as shown by a study published in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, sumac can reduce bad cholesterol. The berries have vitamin C and it is therefore a beneficial plant against diarrhea and sore throat. Moreover, sumac tea is used to alleviate fever and the ointment from crushed leaves against rashes caused by poison ivy.


The leaves of fruit are one of the most effective ones in solving bleeding gums and stomach-related issues. The berries are abundant in amino acids, fiber, potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, and vitamin A, C, B6, E, and K. The tea prepared from the roots of blackberry can be effective in bringing relief from swollen tissues and joints.


The root of greenbriar is abundant in calories and starch whereas the leaves and stem contain vitamins and minerals. The Cherokees used it to detoxify the blood and treat urinary infections while the ointment prepared from the leaves was used against sores and burns.

Wild ginger

Native Americans believed that tea from the root of wild ginger enhances the digestion, prevents gases, and treats stomach-related problems, but it also encourages the elimination of surplus mucus from the lungs.



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