Herbalism

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Herbalism

Definition of Herbalism: What is Herbalism? Herbalism is a traditional medicinal practice based on the use of herbs, plants and plant extracts. The Native American Shaman relied on his knowledge of herbs and plants as the source of healing remedies.

Shamanic Healing is a form of Native American medicine that combines Herbalism with the help and guidance from the spirit world in order to treat the whole person - the mind, body and spirit.

Herbalism and Herbalists
Native American healers were herbalists and had a set of beliefs that combined physical healing with spiritual healing. Native American healers believed that plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs possessed spirit and intelligence and treated accordingly. When harvesting plants and herbs to be used in Herbalism the Shaman would only take what was required and asked permission and expressed gratitude during the harvesting process. The healing potential of the plants and herbs were empowered by ritual ceremonies, prayers, songs and chants.

Native American Herbalism and Remedies
Native American Herbalism encompassed the use of many herbs and plants that were indigenous to North America - Herbal Remedies. The practise of Herbalism allowed the Native Americans to treat, cleanse and purify the body without harmful side effects. The natural Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism helped the Shaman to regulate and normalize bodily functions.  Herbs are high in vitamins and minerals and their use in Herbalism techniques have the added benefit of raising energy levels, allowing the body to have extra energy to heal itself and to stimulate the immune system. The plants and Plants and Medicinal Herbs used in Herbalism are natural remedies and were the natural medicines of the Native Americans who lived on the natural products in their environment that were produced by nature.

Native American Herbalism and Natural Treatments
There are over 20,000 plants in North America and about 2000 were used for healing remedies in Native American Herbalism. The Shaman needed in depth knowledge of the properties of the herbs, when they were best harvested and the part of the plants and herbs to use and how they should be prepared to treat members of the tribe. The Shaman was believed to have gifts or powers that allowed him to use Herbalism in a manner that was hidden from the average person. The Native American form of Herbalism enabled the Shaman to treat the heal the person and also affect the spirit or soul.

Native American Herbalism and Natural Treatments
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  • Wintergreen: The leaves of the Wintergreen are used to treat Asthma, Rheumatism, Headache
  • White Mustard: The seeds of White Mustard are used to treat Rheumatism, sciatica, peritonitis, neuralgia
  • Spearmint: The Leaves, oil, and flowering tops of Spearmint are use to treat Headaches, heartburn, indigestion
  • Gentian: The Leaves and roots of Gentian are use to treat Backache, liver complaints and as a tonic
  • Comfrey: The Leaves of Comfrey are use to treat Colds, flu, coughs, fever, headaches, pain
  • Snakeroot: The rootstock of Snakeroot are use to treat Inflammations, rheumatism, 'female ailments'
  • Bearberry: The Leaves of Bearberry are use to treat Kidney and bladder infections, kidney stones, diabetes
  • Witch Hazel: The Leaves and bark of Witch Hazel are use to treat skin irritations, bruises, varicose veins
  • Aloe: Aloe is used to treat insect bites and sunburn
  • Peppermint: The Leaves, oil, and flowering tops of Peppermint are use to treat Headaches, heartburn, indigestion
  • Sage: Sage (Salvia officinalis) are used in Herbalism and as healing herbs for Coughs, colds, and digestive problems
    The word 'Salvia' derives from the Latin term "salvare" which means "to feel well and healthy" referring to the herb's healing properties.
  • Yarrow: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) an aromatic herb that intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it. Yarrow helps eliminate toxins from the body and used to treat Headaches, fevers, colds, and influenza, rheumatism, high blood pressure
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