Mint is one of the most popular herbs these days but rarely anyone knows of its antioxidant properties. Mint is also abundant in vitamin A and C, fiber, magnesium, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.
The Cherokee used mint to improve digestion. They used crushed mint leaves to made cool compresses and used a blend of stems and leaves to lower the blood pressure. To soothe itchy skin, mint was added to their baths and used mint water at breastfeeding women who had issues with cracked nipples.
Pull Out a Sticker (Greenbrier)
The roots of the greenbrier are high in starch while the leaves and stems contain numerous minerals and vitamins. They used the roots as a substitute for potatoes. They have a strong strange taste but are rich in calories.
The plant was also used as a diuretic in a case of urinary tract infections or as a blood purifier. Some Cherokee used the leaves and the bark to make an ointment for treating minor sores and burns.
A tea made from the leaves of the greenbrier can be used to relieve arthritis and its berries can be used to make a jam.