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Native American Sacred Plants

Each Native American tribe had plants that were sacred to them. Often these plants were believed to have been given special powers by the Creator Beings or they were important to that tribe’s way of life.
These plants were esteemed by the native peoples and treated with special care and reverence. Often they were used in various traditional ceremonies such as the Green Corn ceremony of the Southwestern tribes. Or they were used in special healing rituals. The Native Americans honored the Earth and Nature and what she gave them and used her resources wisely.
Besides sharing a wealth of delicious foods with the rest of the world, the Native Americans also shared their knowledge of medicinal plants and herbal remedies to those who would listen and learn.

Here are just a few of the sacred plants to the Native Americans. Many of them now are known to have many healing properties for various illnesses.

  • Yarrow

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  • Blackberry
  • Red Clover
  • Cattail
  • Black Gum Bark
  • Wild Rose
  • Sage
  • Slippery Elm
  • Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Honeysuckle
  • Mullein
  • Chokecherry
  • Cedar
  • Juniper
  • Willow
  • Tobacco
  • Sumac
  • White Pine
  • Aloe
  • Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower)

If you are interested in reading more about Native American medicinal cures and rituals this is an excellent article!

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