Native American Plants
A close relative to the sunflower, Sochan can grow up to 10 feet tall. It rivals with kale as a nutritional go to source of vitamins and minerals. Milder than spinach, Sochan has especially high levels of vitamin C and folic acid. Found in the south east, Sochan flowers in a yellow-petaled green-headed coneflower. Sochan is sustainable if picked correctly, removing lower leaves and not destroying the stalk
Also known as saxifrage, branch lettuce is tasty and often fried with ramps, which are similar to shallots. The leaves can be harvested in the spring. Before using check the plant’s water source to make sure it is clear and without pollutants or flukes. While not a true lettuce, the leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.
An easily found flowering plant, yarrow is known for various medicinal properties. Yarrow is used for fever, common cold, hay fever, absence of menstruation, dysentery, diarrhea, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal (GI) tract discomfort, and to induce sweating. In skincare yarrow is used in cleansers and shampoo.
Cattails are useful for treating wounds, burns, stings, and bruises. The ash of the burned cattail leaves can be used as an antiseptic or styptic for wounds. A small drop of a honey-like excretion, often found near the base of the plant, can be used as an antiseptic for small wounds and toothaches.
Winter skin protection. The inner stem of the root was dried and powdered and rubbed onto the hands and face in winter to protect the skin from the cold. Winter skin protection. The inner stem of the root was dried and powdered and rubbed onto the hands and face in winter to protect the skin from the cold. (It was also used to waterproof rawhide.)