This blog is simply on a few North America plants that can be used as medicines when in the wild or in your home during the heart of winter. Yes, that’s correct, you can easily find and utilize the following plants as medicine in the north country during the deepest, hardest parts of winter. The list below is limited to direct uses and does not include the herb constitution properties. If you wish to learn the many layers of these medicines you will have to come to Ways Of The Wild Institute for specific workshops or courses
Warm sap- burns, sores, bruises, wounds, cuts, scrapes
Needle tea- colds, cough, asthma, scurvy
Needle tea- kidney aliments, colds, coughs, to make sweat.
Inner-bark tea- colds, fevers, diarrhea, coughs, scurvy and stomach complains.
External- the tea is used as a wash to stop bleeding and relieve arthritis. The bark is very astringent. Do not make too strong or it will tan your skin!
Warm sap- used to draw out splinters, infections, pus. Used for cuts, bruises, sores, inflammations.
Twig tea- kidney and lung ailments, emetic if made strong.
Needle or inner bark tea- colds, cough, intestinal gripping, and sore throats (drink and gargle). Good in cough syrups!
External- bark and needle tea can be poulticed for headaches or backaches, any painful or bruised area.
Red and black spruce and Tamarack-
Inner bark tea- laxative, diuretic, gargle for sore throats.
External- tea or poultice, sores, skin swellings, burns.
Needle tea- very astringent! Diarrhea, dysentery, dropsy. The spruces are less astringent then Tamarack and can be drunk as an everyday tea, like pine- loaded with Vit.C and A!
Twig, sap, inner bark and leaf tea- fevers, colds, flu, stomachaches, lung ailments, to alleviate pain.
Tea as a gargle good for mouth sores.
Externally, wash for skin inflammations, rashes and sore muscles.
Inner bark tea- stomach pains, venereal disease, urinary aliments, worms, colds and fever.
Bark contains salicin which is anti-inflammatory and is found in aspirin.
Root- poulticed for cuts and wounds.
Inner bark tea- lung ailments
Leaf tea (green or winter dry)- lung aliments
External- leaf tea as wash- burns and frostbite.
Inner bark tea- heartburn, lung ailments, weak stomach energy.
External- bark poultice to draw out splinters, pus, boils.
Partridgeberry- (Squaw Vine)
Leaf tea and berry tea- menstruation difficulties, diuretic and dysentery.
External- tea used as wash for swelling, hives, arthritis, rheumatism and sore nipples.
Leaf tea- colds, fevers, flu, headaches caused by heat, stomachaches and kidney ailments.
External- tea wash for sore muscles.
Essential oil is toxic! If absorbed through skin will damage kidneys and liver.
Root tea- blood cleanser, diuretic, causes sweating and bile secretion, liver and kidney aliments, cooling to excess heat in organs.
External- tea wash for hives and skin eruptions.
Bark tea- diarrhea, coughs, toothaches, sore inner mouth, blood purifier, diuretic. If made strong- purgative and emetic.
External- bark tea wash for eye wash, all skin swellings, rashes and eruptions
Inner bark tea- fevers, rheumatism, diarrhea, pain
External- inner bark tea as wash for cuts, ulcers, rashes skin cancer, poison ivy.
Root tea- highly astringent, used to induce vomiting and contains berberine which is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Root chewed for canker sores.
Ash (white or green)-
Inner bark tea can be an emetic or laxative, removes bile and mucus from intestines, fevers, diuretic, stomach cramps and induces sweating.
External- inner bark tea as a wash for itching, sores and lice. Can be poulticed and applied to sores, cuts and scratches.
These uses as medicines listed below were used by native peoples for many years. However, you should not use without first consulting a physician unless in an emergency situation.
Remember, if you wish to learn more, check out our workshops and courses!
Wulamallessin (be well and happy)
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