Using the 3 Sacred Herbs

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Herbs are commonly used for ingesting in foods or used for medicinal or spiritual reasons. The three sacred herbs are: Northern White Cedar, White sage or Ghost Sage, and Sweetgrass.  I love to read and study about herbs. I even grow a few in my home to use in cooking.  I would love to grow lots outside, but I have a tiny yard and a dog.  I was able to take a class about Herbs several years ago and I learned a lot from our Native American Teacher us all about them in the classroom and outdoors at her home. The uses are many in her culture. It was so interesting. Here are some easy ways to use your own herb plants at home.  I wanted to share this on ehow in case someone out there is looking for a way to make their own herbal remedies at home. Read through everything first before beginning any processes. Have fun!

NORTHERN WHITE CEDAR

It is called the “Tree of Life.”  It is a fragrant, soft, pliable, handsome tree.  It attains heights of 70-80 feet.  The leaves appear in flattened sprays.  Life cannot be sustained without it.  The fibers of it can be made into clothing.  It is insect resistant.  It prevents mosquitoes from bothering by putting some leaves in the fire.  It will also hold a fire for days.  The leaves can be used for tea…especially when starving.  But one must not overdo it, if used over a long period of time, it could cause harm to the body.  Pregnant women should not use it.    The leaves and twigs are boiled with oil to make salves. Used for removal of warts and fungous growths.  It is useful as a counterirritant in the relief of muscular aches and pains, chronic coughs, headaches, fevers, and sudden attacks of acute pain in the joints.  It is also used to make offerings, because it stills the mind and gives back.  Cedar keeps a place “clean.”

WHITE SAGE OR GHOST SAGE
From the Artemisia Family.  It is a highly variable aromatic perennial.  It grows to about 3 feet.  The leaves are white-felty beneath. It is a very sacred plant, a ghost plant.  It is very attractive in an herb garden.  It is used for good energy, healing, and protection.  It is vital to be healthy.  The aroma relieves stress.  It is used as an astringent, to induce sweating, curb pain and diarrhea.  Used as a weak tea for stomachaches and menstrual disorders.  Leaf snuff used for sinus ailments, headaches, and nosebleeds.  Externally, wash used for itching, rashes, skin eruptions, swelling, boils, and sores.  Compress used for fevers.  Used in steam baths for rheumatism, fevers, colds, and flu. 
SWEET GRASS

It is a vanilla scented grass.  It grows 10-24” and is found throughout the U.S. on the borders of ponds and marshes where the soil is constantly moist and rich.  It is unique among grasses.  It is a female plant because it is soft, pliable, and fragrant.  It represents feminine energy.  You can bathe with Sweet Grass, wrap hides in it, and store things in it.  It keeps things nice.  It is also a defense (warrior) plant.  American Indians widely used Sweet Grass as incense for healing ceremonies.  It is usually burned after the first two sacred herbs.  It acts like a barometer and brings balance to the ceremony.  It is frequently used for heartburn.  Tea used for coughs, sore throats, chafing, and venereal infections; to stop vaginal bleeding, expel afterbirth.  It is a symbolism for welcoming good, positive energy.  Sadly, it is growing increasingly rare because of over harvesting.

 NOTE:  Some people are allergic to some herbs, be careful.  I am not a Doctor, nor do I make any medical or miracle claims.

Be sure to check out my many articles about Common Herbs in Bukisa!

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