Imagine going to your medicine cabinet and finding a small cup of pine needles, a glass containing the juice of a milkweed plant, a cup with crushed onion wrapped in saran wrap, and a saucer with a chunk of gum from a spruce tree. Then imagine you need to go to the emergency room and it is a small lodge with smoke billowing upwards to a hole in the roof, and there is a wild looking wild acting guy dancing and chanting and calling on the spirits to cure you.
Native American herbal remedies is the story of how a young Maliseet Indian girl named Mary, living on a small reservation in Houlton, Maine learned how her ancestors, before the white man came, used natural cures found in trees, herbs, and wild plants such as onion to ease the pain or symptoms of their most common ailments. These ailments included wounds, rheumatism, bowel and urinary disorders, colds and lung infections, and childbirth complications.
Mary learned these things from her Grandma Paul during walks on a trail bordering a stream close to their reservation. Her grandmother taught Mary how to find, identify, and choose, many of the herbs used as natural cures during the aboriginal days of the Maliseet.
Part of the Maliseet knowledge was often discovered through trial and error. Often, ailing animals were followed and observed to see what plants they would eat to heal and get well. The bear, revered for its intelligence, was considered a reliable source of herbal remedies.
For more than three centuries, researchers of every culture have closely examined these plants, some of which have demonstrated the building blocks of modern antibiotics.
Related collections and offers
|File size:||225 KB|
About the Author
Bob Fields possesses an exceptional talent for translating his broadly based life experiences to the written page. A veteran of two wars (three if you count Wall Street), his hardscrabble early life taught him real life lessons; the application of which propelled his success in a military career and numerous business ventures. After his retirement from business in 1999, he began a career as a Free Lance Writer. His work has been published in regional magazines and company oriented newsletters related to the environment. He has published two print books describing life as a boy in the 1940s, and a highly acclaimed novel; “Rendezvous with Destiny” a well-paced story about discrimination, love, murder, revenge, redemption, and the ultimate understanding between people with disparate backgrounds in small town America. Bob is currently working on several short stories soon to be published as an anthology about Maine as it once was. Like me on Face Book