AgrimonyAlder, red/smooth/tag (
(Agrimonia Gyposepala) Drink tea of burs to check bowels, and for fevers; root tea to build up blood.
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)Aloe, false Aloe
Decoction of bark and wild cherry is drunk to break a high fever.
(Agave Virginica) Chew root for obstinate problems with diarrhea. Also good for treating animals for worms.
Alum-root, American SanicleAngelica (Angelica Atropurpurea)
(Heuchera Americana) Root is an astringent; root tea for bowel complaints or dysentery (usually made with honey to improve the taste).
Root tonic for fevers and colds; Gargle for sore throats and mouth pains/cold sores.
Bastard Toadflax (Comandra Umbellataa)Beardtongue, hairy
Steep with roots of pink lady's slipper for kidneys; put juice on open cuts or sores.
(Penstemon Laevigatus) Tea for cramps.
Birch, cherry-mountain-red-river-sweetBittersweet (Celastrus Scandens)
(Betula Lenta) chew leaves or drink tea for dysentery; tea for colds.
Bark tea to settle stomach; strong tea combined with red raspberry leaves for pains of childbirth.
Blood leather-rock tripeBluebells-Lungwort-Virginia cowslip
(Gyrophora Dillenii) Stop bleeding from open wounds.
(Mertensia Virginica) for whooping cough; consumption.
(Houstonia Caerulea) Tea to stop bedwetting.
(Saxifraga Pensylvanica) Root poultice for sore swollen muscles.
Buckeye, redBuffalo nut-oilnut
(Aesculus Pavia) Pounded nuts are poultice for swelling, sprains and infected wounds. bark tea drank for facilitating woman's delivery in childbirth.
(Pyrularia Pubera) Salve for old sores.
Butterfly weed-Witch weed (Asclepias Tuberosa)Cinnamon Tree
Seeds or root are a gentle laxative; boil seeds in new milk for diarrhea; also for pleurisy, pains in breast, stomach and lungs.
(Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) Bark tea for flu.
ComfreyConeflower-Black-eyed Susan (
(Symphytum Officinale) Boil roots in water for gonorrhea.
Rudbeckia Fulgida) Root ooze for earache. wash for snakebites and swelling caused by worms.
Fern, brackenFern, rattlesnake
(Pteridium Aquilinum) Root tonic used as antiseptic.
(Botrychium Virginianum) Boil root down to syrup and rub on snake bites.
(Chrysanthemum Parthenium) Bathe swollen feet in a tea.
(Geranium Maculatum) used for open wounds; astringent.
GoosegrassIndian Pipe-Fit Root/Ice Plant
(Galium Aparine) Tea to move bowels.
(Monotropa Uniflora) Root pulverized and given for epilepsy and convulsions.
Laurel, MountainNew Jersey Tea/Red Root (Ceanothus Americanus) hold root tea on an aching tooth; hot root tea for bowel complaints.
(Kalmia Latifola) Ingredient in liniments.
Note: This is not meant to be a complete monograph on the subject of the Cherokee plant lore, just a sampling of the available information.
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Cobb, B. 1963 : Field guide to The Ferns. Boston. Houghton-Mifflin Co.
Fernald, M.L. : Gray's Manual of Botany. NY
Hamel, Paul : Plants of The Cherokees. 1974.
Plowden, C.C. : Manual of Plant Names. NY 1970.
Sharp, J.E. : The Cherokees Past and Present. 1970. Cherokee Press.
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