Just as many Eastern cultures have embraced the offerings of the land, using roots, herbs and plants for medicinal and everyday purposes, so have Native Americans. In fact, Native American herbs were among some of the most widely and commonly used herbs in the past.
The Native American culture is a culture of creativity bent on finding original ways to use all kinds of things on Earth; it is almost as if no plant goes to waste. They use herbs to make medicines, teas and even insect repellent.
The variety of Native American herbs is as varied as their uses. Each Native American herb serves a specific purpose and engages in a specific job. Here is a taste of the more common Native American herbs and their benefits.
Sage: Native Americans have historically used this herb for many ailments. Sage is said to be an antibiotic, antifungal, tonic and antispasmodic.
Sweet Grass: Sweet grass is one of the most commonly used Native American herbs. In fact, many Native Americans believe that sweet grass was the first plant on Earth. It has been used for everything from crafts, to perfume, from ceremonial purposes to eyewash.
Parsley: Parsley acts as a natural diuretic.
Thyme: Thyme was used as an antiseptic in mouthwash. Historically, it has been used as an antibiotic (before modern antibiotics came to be).
Pepper: No longer the peanut butter to Salt’s jelly, pepper, by itself, is finally getting the accolades it deserves. According to folklore, pepper is also known for acting as a stimulant.