Common Cattail (Typha latifolia).
The American Indians use a poultice from the roots on wounds, boils and burns.
Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica).
A tea from Honeysuckle flowers has been used in Eastern Asia for enteritis, fever, flu – and also as an external wash for arthritic joints, sores and scabies.
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin).
The American Indians use a tea from the berries for colds, cramps, arthritis and anemia. Oil from the berries would be applied to bruises and painful muscles. Tea from Spicebush bark helps fevers and to expel worms.
Gill-O’er-The-Ground or Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea).
A tea from the leaves works for lung ailments, jaundice and kidney problems; the tea can be applied externally for backaches and piles.
Slippery Elm (Ulmas rubra).
A tea brewed from the inner bark helps ease a sore throat and irritated stomach – in addition to other mucous membranes.
These six healing plants are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential healing qualities in specific plants.
Next time you mow your lawn or walk down a woodland path… look around you.