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Medicinal Herbs, Spices, and Roots

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Medicinal Herbs, Spices, & Roots

Volume 6, Issue 4, April

As mentioned in the third issue (http://aida-garcia.hubpages.com/hub/Going-Deep-Underground) this issue of Herbs, Spices, and Roots mentioned the fact that the Seneca Indians were one of the tribes of Seneca Indians were the first people who received the first Europeans who landed by boat and some were inflicted with typhus.

These ingenious people (The Seneca Indians) who migrated from one continent to another and from one state to another to flee the insurgence of conquering factions like the Dutch, French, English and Spaniards had settled in the Americas and would engage herbs, spices, and roots in their meals and for medicinal purposes.

The Seneca people were actually referred to as the “People of the Mountain” or the league of Iroquois Nations. Among the Seneca people were different clans like the Onondaga, Tuscarora, Iroquois, Mohawk, Cayuga, and the Oneida. They settled mainly in New York but migrated from Oklahoma to Canada and were among the first to receive the insurgent factions.

Many of the Seneca people were highly skilled farmers and they were highly skilled in hunting and fishing for a living. They utilized all plants, trees, and shrubbery for use in their daily lives. For example, the women made dolls out of corn husks and so forth. The use and engagement of wood and elm bark to construct homes and tents was also employed in their daily lives. Canoes and boats were built from the elm-bark and trees.

The women were the primary farmers who planted corn, beans, berries, and herbs.

The women would cook and grind up herbs to enhance the taste of stews, meats, and soups where they would serve it up to their tribes or clans.

The Seneca people were highly engaged in trade and would present their wares of furs, spices, herbs, and roots in the usual marketplace; and to the white man’s confederacy.

The Seneca Indians were very secretive about what ingredients they used to treat and cure ailments because of the white man’s rule, and the thought of being taken over or enslaved where the culture of the Seneca Indian would disappear or be wiped out.

The Seneca women were the ones who ruled the tribes, and the men made great chiefs and great warriors. Each played a primary role in the livihood of the Seneca Nation.

Herbs, spices, and roots were gathered by the women and children. Women were considered the givers of life; they actually farmed the land and made the food for the village.

As the women would cook, they would gather up the foods, vegetables, herbs, spices, and roots and put them in pots made of gourds and placed over a stone hearth. Over and in the stone hearth they would kneed and stamp the dried plants and roots, where they would mix it and baste the meat with herbs and spices, and also put some in stews and soups. Stirring frequently so to blend and bring their meals to a flavorful end. Savory and flavorful meals where made on the stone hearths and as they cooled they were removed and more hot stones where added as needed to bake corn bread and other flavorful concoctions.

Corn, beans, and squash were among the most utilized and engaged foods of the era. Batches of vegetables like leeks were prepared with wild onions and berries. Cabbage, poke, and milkweed were eaten during the day they were picked and the major portions of foods that were not preserved (http://jimersons.us/seneca.htm).

Milkweed

Milkweed is a weed that grows from a root and it contains a milky juice that when it is applied to moles, it removes the mole. It is a therapy used to treat moles, and it is also used as an herbal tea.

Acai Berry

The Acai berry is grown on a palm and is very decorative that stands 25 to 80 feet in height and bears the Acai berry fruit. The Acai berry is one of the berries that are highly sought after for its anti-oxidants and it healing properties. Grown in the Amazon and by the indigenous peoples of Brazil, it thrives in areas where flooding occurs and grows by the side of water bodies. It resembles a blueberry, with a dark purple color.

This powerful berry is a miraculous healer and is grown and manufactured to heal different maladies.

Its medicinal properties include:

When ingested in pure form or in juices the Acai berry can aid in weight loss and be engaged as a supplement because it speeds up your metabolism in burning calories. It also increases energy levels and is high in the vitamin B benefits. It also is known for anti-aging properties and nourishes the body to detoxify the body.

It benefits people who have cancer because it is unparalled in eradicating harmful free radicals from toxins in the body. It also prevents the development of cancer.

The phytosterols in the plant of the acai berry has the capacity to aide in cleansing the immune system and strengthening it. The tribal nations of the Amazon use this berry to also alleviate fevers and to treat liver and kidney ailments some of the other ailments it is known to treat effectively are: Malaria, hepatitis, diabetes, hair loss, and jaundice.

It is commonly known to the Amazon tribes as the “Poor man’s juice” it is also known to the native people along the Amazon River or region.

Agave

Agave or otherwise known as the Century Plant has its origins in Mexico and is a spiky thick leafed plant that is greenish-blue in color and grows to a 2 to 6 feet diameter. The leafs are spiky featured spiny leafed and are sort of feathery looking. It also blooms flowers and it has the rare ability to bloom every 10 to 30 years when grown in warm regions; otherwise it does not bloom but once in 60 to 100 years and they bloom into big yellowish-green flowers that are three to four inches in diameter.

This plant was introduced to the Americas by the British settlers and insurgence back in the 1820’s and it was used primarily as emergency food or crisis food for livestock. The Native Americans cultivated this plant long before the British settlers for its fibers as a food and drink.

The medicinal uses are derived from the sap of the plant as is used as a laxative and diuretic where it could treat bruises when ingested and it helps or aids in constipation, flatulence, and indigestion. It also is famous for the use in making tequila. A fermented tequila or mezcal that is similar to beer is a product of the Agave with a smoky fragrance as well as a smoky taste in liquor.

References

Retrieved from the Internet

http://jimersons.us/seneca.htm

http://www.herbs2000.com

http://www.merriam-webster.com (free dictionary online)

http://www.dictionary.reference.com/browse/Roots?s=t

http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/seneca-tribe.htm

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