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Healing Methods
By Lotus

In my healing practice, taught to me based on the guidance I have received from Grandmother
Adele and many other elders as well as my own life experiences, there are times I follow a
tradition common to many Native American/First Nation healers. Both I and the patient may
decide to ask friends, family and members of their tribe or community to participate in the
healing by praying, singing or performing ceremonial actions ...

I have found there are times when choosing this method benefits the patient not only in healing
ceremonies but also counseling sessions ... this process is extremely helpful and powerful in
bereavement counseling. A gathering of family and friends help affirm the bereaved person's
worth as a member of the community and having the sympathy, support and love of the group
definitely has a therapeutic influence strengthening the bonds of friendship and love.

Lately there have been a couple of occasions when this same method of therapy has been used to
resolve criminal offenses ... a community leader or "peacemaker" meets with the offender, the
victim, family members and any others affected by the offense to talk things out and decide on
an acceptable plan of restitution. I haven't had the honor of being part in this type of session yet
but I believe this action is far more beneficial than sending a youth to prison. Any thoughts...?

Selkies Indigo:

We can never have too many people showing their concern for our future. Be it in times of peace
or times of trouble. Supporting each other is what we are all called to do.


Lotus - are you referring to what I think is called "restorative justice"? If so, I think it's awesome!
I personally feel that being punished by doing time or community hours alone doesn't help the
offender understand the cause and effect situation. It is my experience with young offenders that
they have entirely distanced themselves from the situation and only focus on a very small aspect
of it which allows them to do what they did. Drawing attention to the larger aspect from which
they've disconnected, IMO, is much more healing than simply giving a random punishment that
is not related in any way, shape or form to their immediate actions and the knock on effects of
their actions. For me, restorative justice is about natural consequence, not about punishment -
which is a big one in our family.

Contributed by CinnamonMoon
From: http://www.realfarmacy.com/forgotten-native-cures/#!prettyPhoto
Article by: Steve Nubie
31 Long-Forgotten Native American Medicinal Cures

When it comes to herbal remedies, many of us are familiar with the benefits of Echinacea or
purple cone flower as an antibiotic, willow bark as a pain killer and aloe as a topical anesthetic
and treatment for skin conditions. But that’s common knowledge compared to the insights and
treatments that Native American medicine men discovered and used.

Native American medicine men developed a wheel very similar to the yin/yang of Asian
medicine. The use of herbal remedies and other alternative forms of treatment was the cuttingedge
medicine of their day. This was a holistic approach to medical treatment that relied heavily
on plants and their unique benefits.

What follows is list of indigenous plants, trees, fruits and flowers unique to North America that
have surprising benefits as defined by Native American tribes. If and when times are tough, it
might be good to keep some of these ancient cures in mind. They also are good for everyday
needs when you consider how effective some of them can be.

Licorice tea for a sore throat is a good example. It’s also interesting that many of these natural
cures are still in use today, including beeswax and bee pollen, chamomile and others. It’s a good
demonstration of the benefit of wisdom developed over centuries.

It’s hard to know how Native Americans determined which plants might have medicinal
properties, although trial and error was probably one approach. It’s also thought that they
observed sick animals eating certain plants and determined that those plants must have a certain
property worth exploring. Since that time, scientific studies have verified the medicinal value of
many plants. In fact, common aspirin is derived from salicin, a chemical in the inner bark of
willow trees that was used in ancient times for fever and pain.

These medicines were usually administered via teas or pastes that were either ingested or
applied externally. Sometimes the plants were eaten as food or added to food or water. On
occasion, a salve or poultice was applied to open wounds. I would strongly recommend that you
avoid the latter, given the risk of infection from wild sources.

I’ve omitted many of the natural remedies. There was a use for mistletoe that I came across, but
mistletoe is essentially poisonous and if not used properly the results could be counterproductive,
if not deadly.

I’ve also found a great deal of redundancy. It seems like everything is good for a cough or
diarrhea. Rather than endlessly list plants that cure the same conditions over and over, I’ve tried
to isolate this grouping to the most prevalent plants that you may find and recognize. As always,
if you are pregnant, check with your doctor and do plenty of research before using any of these.

Here’s the list:

1. Alfalfa: Relieves digestion and is used to aid blood clotting. Contemporary uses included
treatment of arthritis, bladder and kidney conditions and bone strength. Enhances the immune

2. Aloe:
A cactus-like plant. The thick leaves can be squeezed to extrude a thick sap that can be
used to treat burns, insect bites and wounds.

3. Aspen:
The inner bark or xylem is used in a tea to treat fever, coughs and pain. It contains
salicin, which also is found in willow trees and is the foundation ingredient for aspirin.

4. Bee pollen:
When mixed with food it can boost energy, aid digestion and enhance the immune
system. If you’re allergic to bee stings you will most likely be allergic to bee pollen.

5. Beeswax:
Used as a salve for burns and insect bites, including bee stings. Intended to only be
used externally.

6. Blackberry:
The root, bark and leaves when crushed and infused in a tea are used to treat
diarrhea, reduce inflammation and stimulate the metabolism. As a gargle it treats sore throats,
mouth ulcers and inflammation of the gums.

7. Black Raspberry:
The roots of this plant are crushed and used as a tea or boiled and chewed
to relieve coughs, diarrhea and general intestinal distress.

8. Buckwheat:
The seeds are used in soups and as porridge to lower blood pressure, help with
blood clotting and relieve diarrhea.

9. Cayenne:
The pods are used as a pain reliever when taken with food or drunk in a tea. Also
used to threat arthritis and digestive distress. It is sometimes applied to wounds as a powder to
increase blood flow and act as an antiseptic and anesthetic to numb the pain.

10. Chamomile:
The leaves and flowers are used as a tea to treat intestinal problems and

11. Chokecherry:
Considered by Native American tribes as an all-purpose medicinal treatment,
the berries were pitted, dried and crushed into a tea or a poultice to treat a variety of ailments.
These include coughs, colds, flu, nausea, inflammation and diarrhea. As a salve or poultice it is
used to treat burns and wounds. The pit of the chokecherry – much like apple seeds – are
poisonous in high concentrations. Be sure to pit the cherries if you’re considering this for any

12. Echinacea:
Also known as purple coneflower, this is a classic Native American medicine that
is used to strengthen the immune system, fight infections and fever. It also is used as an
antiseptic and general treatment for colds, coughs and flu.

13. Eucalyptus:
The oil from the leaves and roots is a common treatment when infused in a tea to
treat coughs, sore-throat, flu and fever. It’s used to this day as an ingredient in cough drops.

14. Fennel:
A plant with a licorice flavor, this is used in a tea or chewed to relieve coughs, sorethroat,
aid digestion, offer relief to diarrhea and was a general treatment for colds. It also is
used as a poultice for eye relief and headaches.

15. Feverfew:
Used to this day as a natural relief for fever and headaches – including severe
headaches like migraines – it also can be used for digestive problems, asthma and muscle and
joint pains.

16. Feverwort:
Another fever remedy that also is used for general pain, itching and joint
stiffness. It can be ingested as a tea or chewed, or crushed to a paste as a salve or poultice.

17. Ginger root:
Another super plant in Native American medicine, the root was crushed and
consumed with food, as a tea or a salve or poultice. Known to this day for its ability to aid
digestive health, it also is anti-inflammatory, aids circulation and can relieve colds, coughs and
flu, in addition to bronchitis and joint pain.

18. Ginseng:
This is another contemporary herb that has a history that goes back across cultures
for millennia. The roots were used by Native Americans as a food additive, a tea and a poultice
to treat fatigue, boost energy, enhance the immune system and help with overall liver and lung
function. The leaves and stems also were used, but the root has the most concentration of active

19. Goldenrod:
Commonly thought of today as a source of allergies and sneezing, it was actually
considered another all-in-one medicine by Native Americans. As a tea, an addition to food and a
topical salve, it is used to treat conditions from bronchitis and chest congestion to colds, flu,
inflammation, sore throats and as an antiseptic for cuts and abrasions.

20. Honeysuckle:
The berries, stems, flowers and leaves are used to topically treat bee stings and
skin infections. As a tea, it is used to treat colds, headaches and sore throat. It also has antiinflammatory

21. Hops:
As a tea it is used to treat digestive problems and often mixed with other herbs or
plants, such as aloe, to soothe muscles. It also is used to soothe toothaches and sore throat.

22. Licorice:
Roots and leaves can be used for coughs, colds, sore throats. The root also can be
chewed to relieve toothaches.

23. Mullein:
As an infusion in tea or added to a salad or other food, this is a plant that has been
used by Native Americans to treat inflammation, coughs and congestion and general lung
afflictions. It is quite common and you probably have it growing in your backyard or somewhere

24. Passion flower:
The leaves and roots are used to make a tea to treat anxiety and muscle pain.
A poultice for injuries to the skin such as burns, insect bites and boils also can be made from
passion flower.

25. Red clover
: It grows everywhere and the flowers, leaves and roots are usually infused in a
tea or are used to top food. It is used to manage inflammation, improve circulation and treat
respiratory conditions.

26. Rose hip:
This is the red to orange berry that is the fruit of wild roses. It is already known to
be a massive source of vitamin C and when eaten whole, crushed into a tea or added to food it is
used to treat colds and coughs, intestinal distress, as an antiseptic and to treat inflammation.

27. Rosemary:
A member of the pine family and used in food and as a tea to treat muscle pain,
improve circulation and as a general cleanser for the metabolism.

28. Sage:
A far-reaching shrub across much of North America, it is a natural insect repellent
and can be used for the standard list of digestive disorders, colds and sore throat.

29. Spearmint:
Used consistently by Native American tribes for treatment of coughs, colds,
respiratory distress and as a cure for diarrhea and a stimulant for blood circulation.

30. Valerian:
The root as an infusion in a tea relieves muscle aches, pain and is said to have a
calming effect.

31. White Pine:
Ubiquitous and the needles and the inner bark can be infused in a tea. Used as a
standard treatment for respiratory distress and chest congestion.

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