The cattail was mainly used as a preventative medicine. This easily digestible herb can help in recovery from various health issues. Besides the mature leaves and seed heads, every other part of the cattail can be used for medicinal purposes.
The root can be prepared similarly to the way we prepare potatoes, boiled and mashed. This paste can be later used to treat sores and burns. The fuzz from the flowers can be used to prevent diaper rash in babies and the flowers can be eaten raw to help with diarrhea.
Qua lo ga (Sumac)
This plant can be fully utilized for medical purposes. The bark can be used to treat diarrhea or a sore throat, the berries which are rich in vitamin C can be consumed as a juice and a tea made from its leaves will reduce fever. You can make an ointment to relieve poison ivy rash by crushing the leaves and if you add sumac to your daily diet, it will help you lower the cholesterol levels.
Jisdu Unigisdi (Wild Rose)
The wild rose was primarily used to treat the common cold or the flu. Sometimes the Cherokee used the wild rose to make a tea out of its hips to stimulate bladder and kidney function.
You can even use the petals to make a jam or make your own rose petal infusion to soothe a sore throat. A decoction of the root of the wild rose will help in the treatment of diarrhea.