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Prairie Sage

What is Prairie Sage? Prairie sage is a plant that is native to the grasslands of North America. The name comes from the shrubby plants growing on prairies and plains. It grows 1-3 feet tall and has grayish-brown foliage, white flowers, and a sweet scent. The medicinal properties of this plant include a variety of purposes like helping with digestion, reducing swelling, relieving pain, and more. Prairie sage uses and benefits Prairie sage is a plant that has a rich history of utilization by Native American tribes. This plant can be used for various purposes such as a preservative for meat, horse feed, insect repellent when burned, or medical reasons. In addition, the plant has other uses that include clothing,...

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Lavender

What is Lavender? Lavender is a plant that belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae, which is native to the Mediterranean. The plant has purple, aromatic flowers, widely used in desserts, teas and other drinks, and even herbal medicines. One type of condition that people sometimes use lavender for is anxiety. Lavender might help reduce anxiety because lavender contains some substances that may affect the nervous system. Some also use lavender oil to reduce itching on the skin. The plant may also help reduce swelling because it contains some substances that have anti-inflammatory effects. What are Lavender Leaves good for? Lavender leaves are helpful for various conditions, such as toothaches and headaches. They may help decrease anxiety and depression, control epileptic...

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Peppermint

What is Peppermint? Tajiñebuδehu is the Ioway name for peppermint, and it is one of the traditional smoking herbs that have a long history among Native American cultures. Peppermint is a herb with an extensive history, used for centuries as a traditional smoking herb that cools the body and mind while alleviating head and chest pains. What Effect does Peppermint Have on the Body Peppermint is a popular traditional remedy that can be used for many different conditions. For example, it has been found to have calming effects and is often used to treat bloating, menstrual pains, diarrhea, nausea, depression-related anxiety, muscle and nerve pain. It has also been used to treat the common cold and indigestion. Some people have...

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Lobelia

With a long history of use as an herbal remedy for respiratory ailments and use in ceremonial traditions, Lobelia inflata is commonly known as Indian tobacco. In the Ioway language, the herb is called Wansikerañi, meaning “person flower.”

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Echinacea

Echinacea's Many Uses Echinacea is a plant indigenous to the American Midwest, used by Native Americans for centuries. In modern times, echinacea has become popular as a dietary supplement due to its purported immune system-boosting qualities. Echinacea in Native American Culture and Traditions Echinacea was used by Native Americans in various ways for several centuries before it began attracting attention outside its native habitat. Echinacea is a plant that has been used for health, medicinal, and spiritual purposes by many Native American tribes around North America. The Omaha tribe called echinacea "the purple coneflower" or "the great purple healing", putting it on cuts and sores, chewing the root for toothaches, and even eating it fresh in times of famine. Many...

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Hemp Flower

What is hemp flower Hemp is a variety of cannabis with a limit of .3% THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. The THC level of hemp flower is under 0.3 percent, which cannot get you "high.” Hemp flower has been popularized in the USA, with statements by the World Health Organization (WHO) touting hemp-derived compounds as an effective treatment for many diseases and conditions - including pain management, epilepsy, nausea control, and other medical issues. Does CBD hemp flower do anything? CBD hemp flower is a natural remedy for many ailments. CBD hemp flower has been used to treat various conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. It is the same plant as cannabis, but it has very...

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Raspberry Leaf

What is Raspberry Leaf Raspberry leaves are small, thin leaves that come from the raspberry plant. They have been used for centuries as a remedy for many conditions in traditional medicine. Raspberry leaves can be eaten as part of a meal, brewed as tea, or smoked.  Does Raspberry Leaf do anything There are many reputed benefits to raspberry leaf, and it has been used for centuries in North America, India, Italy, and various parts of Europe. However, there is limited clinical research that looks into the safety of raspberry leaf and its benefits. What is Raspberry Leaf used for? Raspberry leaf is an herbal supplement used in many ways. During menstruation, it reduces menstrual cramps and helps balance hormones. In...

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Damiana

What is Damiana? Damiana is a flowering shrub that originates from Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies, used for centuries for various reasons. Damiana can be useful for everything from treating stomach cramps to being an effective aphrodisiac.  Damiana in Native Culture Damiana is a perennial shrub in the family Passifloraceae, native to Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. The name originates from the Greek term Damia or Daman, which means “to tame or subdue.” Damiana has traditionally been used in central Mexico for spiritual cleansing rituals, in which it was burned as incense, either alone or with various other herbs. Damiana’s botanical name is Turnera Aphrodisiaca but is also known as T. diffusa.  What is Damiana Used...

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Uva Ursi

In Native American cultures, Uva Ursi has many healing uses. It's been a remedy for everything from urinary tract infections to bladder infections since the 2nd Century.

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