Natural Home Remedies

6 Ancient Native American Plants with Therapeutic Properties

Since yesterday was Native American Day, I decided to let you in on a “healthy secret”.

Ever wondered what the Incas were using for prosperity and longevity?

Many of the healing herbs that the native Inca tribes used are potent to this day. You’re about to see just how much.


Wild Opium Lettuce

This weed has been used by native Americans to treat:

  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Painful menstruation
  • Muscular or joint pains
  • Urinary tract problems

Wild lettuce has analgesic, sedative and pain relieving properties that even the modern man can use.

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Best and Safest Way to Benefit from Its Healing Properties

Use the dried stems and leaves of wild lettuce and steep it in hot water. Drink this tea to reduce pain, anxiety and improve sleep.

Where to Find and How to Identify

You can find Wild Opium lettuce just about anywhere – in your backyard, on the side of the road, open fields, etc.

So, if you plan on going on a hike this weekend, make sure you look out for it.

This plant resembles very much the lettuce we usually eat in salads, and they’re actually close “relatives”.

The wild lettuce can grow up to 80 inches tall and its flowers look like dandelions.

(If you live in North America, you might see their blooming flowers from July to September.)

The plant is stout with flushed purple leaves and stems. The leaves are broad, oval-shaped, and jagged-edged. It also contains a lot of sap.

Who Shouldn’t Use Wild Lettuce

Wild lettuce is safe in small amounts and it’s best consumed as tea. Also, you should completely avoid using it if you:

  • are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • have an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH)
  • are allergic to ragweed and related plants (chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, etc.)
  • have narrow-angle glaucoma
  • are taking sedative medications (clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others)

Attention! Stop taking it two weeks before and after any type of surgery.

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 Native Americans used juniper berries to treat a wide variety of diseases like:

  • stomach upsets
  • intestinal gas (flatulence)
  • heartburn
  • bloating
  • loss of appetite
  • gastrointestinal (GI) infections
  • intestinal worms
  • urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • kidney and bladder stones
  • snakebite
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • joint and muscle pains

And this is thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties.

Besides their medicinal uses, the natives and contemporary people today use juniper berries as a condiment to flavor gin, foods and beverages.

Also, manufacturers use juniper oil in cosmetics like:

  • soaps
  • lipstick
  • foundation
  • hair conditioners
  • bath oils
  • eye shadow 

Best and Safest Way to Benefit from Its Healing Properties

 Tea: Use 2-10 grams of berries for the tea and drink maximum 2 cups per day.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil for:

  • Relaxation and calmness – inhale juniper oil
  • Muscle strain – make a compress with a few drops of juniper oil
  • A healthy water metabolism – blend up to a 5% dilution in a massage oil
  • A healthy bladder/urinary system – add a few drops to your warm bath water.

Who Shouldn’t Use Juniper

You can use juniper, its berries and extracts safe when consumed in food amounts. But, since it is such a potent herb, it can have side effects if you suffer from a certain illness or take it long term.

Avoid consuming it if you:

  • are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • have diabetes and take anti-diabetes drugs:
    • glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
  • suffer from stomach and intestinal disorders
  • have high blood pressure or low blood pressure
  • take diuretic drugs:
    • chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others

Attention: Stop taking juniper two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Also, stop consuming if you notice any allergic reactions.


The Great Plains Indian tribes have been using this plant for many medicinal purposes. Once the settlers arrived here, they’ve also learned about this powerful plant and used it to treat and prevent colds and flu.

Research has revealed that Echinacea decreases inflammation, stimulates the immune system, and also attacks certain type of fungi.

Best and Safest Way to Benefit from Its Healing Properties

You have two choices to choose from:

  • take a pill three times a day for two weeks
  • drink tea

A serving of Echinacea tea is made with four grams (two teaspoons) of dried Echinacea root boiled in eight ounces of water.

According to what you want to treat, you should take the Echinacea tea this way:

Prevention of colds or flu – 2-3 servings a day

Increase healing process when you are sick – 5 servings a day

Decrease blood sugar levels, blood pressure and anxiety – 2 cups a day

Where to Find and How to Identify

You can find Echinacea pills at the drugstore or health store. Ask the pharmacist about the best option for you. Take the pill three times a day before meals for maximum two weeks.

Who Shouldn’t Use Echinacea

You can safely enjoy this plant as a medicine for a week. Too much consumption can trigger some nasty side effects. So don’t overdo it. Also, don’t apply Echinacea directly to your skin as it causes redness, itchiness, and rashes.

Now, you shouldn’t use this plant at all if you are:

  • allergic to ragweed, mums, marigolds, or daisies
  • pregnant and/or breastfeeding
  • suffering from an autoimmune disease like:
    • multiple sclerosis (MS)
    • lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE)
    • rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
    • a skin disorder called pemphigus vulgaris, etc.

Moreover, avoid drinking coffee or caffeinated drinks or tea as Echinacea affects the way your body absorbs caffeine and you might experience side effects like headaches, a faster heartbeat, and jitteriness.

Furthermore, don’t take Echinacea if you are currently taking:

  • Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates
  • Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Midazolam (Versed)


The natives used the root of astralagus to make treatments for:

  • seasonal allergies
  • heart failure
  • diabetes


  • to strengthen the immune system
  • as a tonic
  • to protect the liver
  • to fight bacteria and viruses

Today, doctors inject astralagus into the vein to successfully prevent and reduce the side effects of:

  • cancer treatment
  • heart failure
  • diabetes
  • lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus), etc.

Best and Safest Way to Benefit from Its Healing Properties

Reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies by taking 160 mg of astralagus root extract (Lectranal by Milsing d.o.o.) daily for 3-6 weeks.

Improve heart function if you suffer from angina by consuming 20 grams of astralagus three times daily for 2 weeks.

Improve vision for people with diabetes (retinopathy) by consuming herbal products with astralagus for up to 10 months.

Also, there is research that suggest astralagus can be taken intravenously to reduce side effects for cancer treatment patients. However, that should be done only under strict supervision by your doctor or medical professional.

Vision problems in people with diabetes (retinopathy). Early research suggests that taking herbal products containing astragalus for up to 10 months may improve vision in some people with vision damage caused by diabetes.

Where to Find and How to Identify

Astralagus can be found usually in many herbal complexes at the famarcy or health stores. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacists what is the best product they have and listen carefully to their recommendations.

Who Shouldn’t Use Astralagus

This herb can be take in pill form safely in doses of up to 60 grams/day for 4 months. If you observe rashes, itchy skin, nasal symptoms, or stomach discomfort, you should stop consuming it because you might be taking too much or be allergic to it.

Don’t consume astralagus if you have the following conditions:

  • pregnant or breastfeeding
  • autoimmune diseases like :
    • MS
    • Lupus
    • RA, ETC.

Also, don’t take astralagus if you are medicated with:

  • Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar)
  • Lithium
  • Immunosuppressants


Natives used the carob fruit to make medicine and also add it in foods as flavoring and chocolate substitute.

They used it to treat:

  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Celiac disease
  • Sprue

Scientists discovered that carob is a medicinal plant with a rich content of tannins.

Best and Safest Way to Benefit from Its Healing Properties

To treat diarrhea – drink juice extracted from raw carob bean

Decrease high cholesterol – consume carob pulp daily for up to 6 weeks or consume (Caromax, Nutrinova, Frankfurt, Germany)

Reduce bad cholesterol – consume carob gum for 4-8 weeks.

Where to Find and How to Identify

Carob powder, extracts, and herbal mixtures can be found at the health store and even online. However, make sure you check that the content is verified and checked by third parties and that you recognize all the names inside the composition.

Who Shouldn’t Use Carob

This plant is safe to consume and doesn’t seem to have any unwanted side effects. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women shouldn’t Consume them without the prior consent of a doctor.


The native healers knew that despite its beauty, this plant has many healing properties. They used it to heal:

  • loss of appetite
  • upset stomach
  • intestinal gas
  • gallstones
  • joint pain
  • muscle aches
  • eczema
  • bruises
  • viral infections
  • cancer

They also used it as a laxative, skin toner, blood and digestive tonic.

Research has showed that dandelion possesses chemicals that increase urine production and decreases swelling (inflammation).

Best and Safest Way to Benefit from Its Healing Properties

You can use this plant in foods and beverages like:

  • salad greens
  • soups
  • wine
  • teas

And the best part? You can say goodbye to your regular coffee and try roasted dandelion root for a coffee substite.

Where to Find and How to Identify

You are in luck because dandelion grows just about anywhere and you can even buy some seeds and grow it yourself.

Don’t pluck it from just about anywhere though because it might be polluted. So, if you want to take them from nature, do it from places that are far from roads and make sure you wash them properly.

Who Shouldn’t Use Dandelion

This plant doesn’t have any side effects, whether consumed in food or medicinal amounts. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should be cautious and avoid consuming it.

Also, if you suffer from ragweed allergies you should definitely avoid using it.

Moreover, don’t use it if you are currently taking:

  • Antibiotics (Quinolone antibiotics)
  • Lithium
  • Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates
  • Glucuronidated Drugs
  • Water pills (Potassium-sparing diuretics)

So, what do you think of these incredible healing native American plants?

Have you been using any of them to treat an illness before?

Would you recommend some of these treatments to your friends?

If you try any of the treatments above, please tell me how it goes.

Also, consult your doctor if you have any concerns about trying any of the remedies.

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To your health!

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