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Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.
In the Kayndo series, there are no drug stores or medicine cabinets. The clan’s pharmacy is nature just as the plains Indians of America and several other tribal cultures. If Dayvee has a head ache, he might make a tea from willow bark or tips. A broad assortment of plants contain healing properties. Many of today’s drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature. The active ingredients in aspirin come from the willow tree.
Dayvee ran a hand through his hair, and tried to keep his tears back. His best friend would probably die. “What can we do to help you aid Brando. Should we look for purple cone flower to treat his rattle snake bites?”
Bitterroot: A decoction of the root is taken for fever, sore throats, coughs, stomach problems, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. A poultice of the crushed root can be used externally for muscle cramps.
Comfrey: Use the leaves in a poultice for sprains, bruises, burns, and broken bones.
Creeping Dogwood: Can be made into a tea to treat colds, coughs, congestion, and fever.
Elder berries: High in vitamin C, A and B. Good for the common cold.
Huckleberries: Used to increase night vision.
Jewelweed: Oil is a natural treatment for a Poison Ivy or Poison Oak irritation.
Osha: A decoction of the roots or seeds is used to treat poor circulation, fevers, bronchitis, and cramps. The root is burned and the smoke inhaled deeply through the nose to relieve headache and to eliminate sinus infections.
Purple Cone flower: Stimulates immune system and used for snakebites. A poultice of the root is applied to wounds, swellings, and sores. The roots and seed heads are chewed to relieve toothache, sore throat, and other ailments. A decoction of the root is used to boost the immune system and relieve flu and cold symptoms.
For more on Purple Cone Flower, check out info at the USDA and the Medical Dictionary
Rose Hips: Three rose hips have more Vitamin C than an orange. Unfortunately, many hybrid rose plants do not have rose hips but wild roses do.
Salad Burnet: Use leaves in a tea to help with excessive bleeding when wounded.
St. John’s Wort: Flowers can be used in a tea to treat wounds and severe pain.
Willow: Ground the bark and tips and make a weak tea to relieve fever.
Wood sorrel leaves: Can be sucked or chewed to relieve thirst.
Yarrow: Apply externally to help bleeding.