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The Native Americans used Herbal Remedies as cures for ailments
and they were made with items found in nature.
I hope you find something here that will be of use to you.
Please remember that before you try one of these
to check with your doctor first and if the ailment persists
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These are Herbal Remedies for every stage of life.
These come from a book titled "American Indian Healing Arts, herbs, rituals and remedies for every stage of life"
by E. Barrie Kavasch and Karen Baar


Earth Remedies for Childhood:

Food sensitivities and other allergies sometimes begin in childhood.
It is important to eliminate irritating food and environmental problems
wherever you can and soothe the body's systems with gentle herbs,
minerals, and vitamins.
Often this can help to increase the body's tolerance to allergies.

Asthma is a particularly serious allergic response that can make breathing difficult.
Because asthma can be life threatening, one should seek
professional help in severe cases.
One of the more effective herbs for asthma is the native sundew,
which is antispasmodic and a relaxing expectorant.
This tiny carnivorous plant of America's southern bogs, seeps,
and marshes is a powerhouse of healing possibilities,
especially when used in balanced formulas and tinctures.

NOTE: It's always best to purchase herbs from reputable sources
if you don't have them growing organically on your own property.
Wild herbs, although a once trusted resource for our ancestors,
are no longer highly recommended. Many valued medicinal herbs,
such as sundew are on state or national threatened or endangered species lists.
Others can be systemically poisoned by environmental toxins that are often invisible.

Many beneficial complementary treatments, including the recipes
below draw on native wisdom without presuming to
take the place of mainstream medicine.
Whenever in doubt, consult your health care provider.


Slippery Elm Healing Salve

Calendula blossoms and slippery elm bark have a soothing,
curative effect on the skin, as well as fungicidal benefits.
A salve provides a protective coating for the skin; it is not readily absorbed.
This one is especially useful for chapped or extremely irritated or sensitive skin.
You can use it for sunburn, chapped lips, bad diaper or heat rash, or even ringworm.

First make a decoction, and then strain it and simmer
it a while longer with additional ingredients to complete the salve.

Simmer the first 4 ingredients in a small pot for half an hour,
stirring occasionally to blend thoroughly. Strain off the liquid and measure.
Return the liquid to a clean pot and add an equal amount
of corn or sunflower seed oil. Simmer for about 3 hours on low heat.
Check, stirring occasionally, to keep from burning.

Always be careful not to boil or burn, this will make
the product too harsh. Results are far better when simmered.

Add beeswax, honey, and vitamin E oil. Stir constantly and remove
from heat when all of the beeswax melts.
Whip with a wire whip or sturdy spoon until almost cool and thoroughly blended.
Pour immediately into small containers before it hardens.

When cool, gently rub on dry,
affected skin areas several times a day while symptoms persist.

Variation: You can change this recipe to make a deeper,
penetrating herbal emollient cream or oil, which will be absorbed
and convey the herbs and minerals deeper into the skin.
To do this, omit the beeswax and shorten the simmering time to about 1-1/2 hours.

Recipe ingredients:
1-c. calendula blossoms freshly crushed
1 Tbs. Slippery bark, freshly ground
1 tsp. Ginger root, freshly chopped
2 c. water

Corn or sunflower seed oil
1 oz. Fine beeswax
1 Tbs. Pure honey
1/4 oz. Vitamin E oil


Hummingbird Digestive Tea

Wild bergamot, also called bee balm, is a favorite flower for hummingbirds.
A tea made from bee balm and marshmallow has a soothing
effect on the throat and stomach. It can relieve gas and aid digestion.
It is good at any age, but mild enough to be given to children.

Place ingredients in a tea ball or cheesecloth bag in an 8 oz. Teapot.
Pour boiling water over them to fill the pot. Cover and steep for 5 to 10 mins.

Pour 1/2 c. in a small glass and sweeten with a teaspoon
of honey or maple syrup. Drink 4 oz. Just before each meal.

1 Tbs. dried bee balm leaves, crushed
1 tsp. Dried marshmallow root cut fine or powdered.


Jewelweed Skin Rub and Poison Ivy Antidote

You can easily tincture common plants in vinegar solutions,
which work better on young skin because they are milder
than those made with alcohol. These tinctures can help
soothe a variety of everyday problems from insect bites to rashes.

Our common jewelweed has fungicidal value, making it useful for treating
ringworm and other fungal skin infections.
It is also a valuable antidote for poison ivy, especially if you rub it on the
skin as soon as possible after contact with the plant.
It is more effective if you apply it when it is cool.
You may also substitute yellow dock leaves and roots for the jewelweed.

You can add this tincture to a food or tub bath to cool and soothe heat rash,
sunburn, chickenpox, and other skin irritations.
It also helps athlete's foot, tired feet or sprains.

Because this tincture is made without preservatives or alcohol,
it does not have a long shelf life. After about 6 mos.
Or so, discard it and make a fresh supply. It will last a bit longer
if you keep if refrigerated or in a cool place.
Remember to make a fresh batch to last through
the winter before the first killing autumn frost.

Fill a sterile 8-ounce jar with freshly picked, clean jewelweed plants
(blossoms, leaves, stems, everything but the roots)
Press the plant material down until the jar is full.
Cover the plants with good apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
Cover tightly and shake gently. Label and date the jar. You can use this tincture
immediately, but it is better to let it rest in a dark,
cool place for a week to ten days. After straining, it is ready for use.


Sassafras Squish Topical Insect Repellent

This recipe enhances the insecticidal properties of sassafras,
a common native plant. Sassafras is an Algonquian word meaning "green twig".
Sassafras twigs used as chew sticks revive the mouth and massage the gums;
they also make delicious toothbrushes.

Since this insecticide is made without preservatives,
it is best to make it frequently in small amounts and use it up.
If refrigerated, it will last 3-7 days. Discard it if it appears moldy.

Crush 6 fresh sassafras leaves in a small clean bowl with a charcoal tablet.
DO NOT USE CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES.) If you want, you can substitute a
small, clean piece of charred wood from the fireplace for the charcoal.
Bind the ingredients together with one or two Tbs. Of vegetable oil.

Dot the mixture on your forehead, nose, and around the mouth and ears and rub gently.
Allow it to sit on the skin. This natural, homemade insecticide
should be reapplied frequently. The ingredients are nonstaining and
will wash out readily if they get onto your clothes.
Variation: Substitute the leaves of our native bee balm, jewelweed,
sweet fern, or the garden mints such as peppermint and spearmint.

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