HRB 600 Foundations of Herbal Medicine

This artifact is research that I conducted in one of my first herbal classes. The paper itself is quite brief. To complete the assignment we had to locate both primary and secondary literature to support my research.  Locating primary research ended up being much harder than anticipated.  During this process I learned how to obtain an identification card so that I could use the Library of Congress to look through the numerous primary texts available on early Native American cultures so that I could better determine their medicinal uses for verbascum thapsus.

Mullein, verbascum thapsus has a rich history of traditional uses in North America. As a plant that thrives across much of North America, it was encountered by many Native American tribes across the country and became a valuable source of medication within their cultures.

The Creek, Delaware, Malecite, Menominee, Micmac, Mohegan, Nanticoke, Navajo, Penobscot, Potawatomi, Rappahannock, Salish, Shinnecock, Thompson, Zuni tribes used the plant for respiratory issues such as coughs. Many tribes, such as the Catawba, found topical uses for swelling, bruises, sprains, and other painful areas. The Cherokee used mullein for an extensive list of ailments, finding use for the roots, leaves, and flowers. Additionally, the Cherokee utilized different methods of preparation, compounding the plant for cough syrups, creating infusions of roots and leaves for internal issues, and scalding leaves to use in poultices (Hamel, 1975).

Excerpt from my paper

To view the entire paper (which is very short), along with the references of the primary and secondary literature used for the research, see the link below.

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