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12 Remedios (Remedies) of Northern New Mexico (Goose Creek and just south of Questa, NM in the Fall)

12 Remedios (Remedies) of Northern New Mexico
(Goose Creek and just south of Questa, NM in the Fall)


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Yerba de Sangre / Oregon Grape / Creeping Barberry / Mahonia repens

Yerba de Sangre / Oregon Grape / Creeping Barberry / Mahonia repens
The leaves are boiled and the tea drunk for anemia and rheumatism. Boiling the roots and drinking the liquid has been used as a blood purifier, diuretic and liver tonic.

Coralillo / Kinnick Kinnick / Bearberry / Uva-Ursi / Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Coralillo / Kinnick Kinnick / Bearberry / Uva-Ursi / Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
The leaves are boiled and drunk cold for bladdder infections, applied topically for swollen knees and ankles, and dried and smoked like tobacco.

Canutillo de Llano / Horsetail / Scouring Rush / Equisetum hyemale

Canutillo de Llano / Horsetail / Scouring Rush / Equisetum hyemale
The plant has been used as a diuretic and for painful urination, as well as a natural scouring brush (due to its silica content).

Rosa de Castilla / Wild Rose / Rosa spp

Rosa de Castilla / Wild Rose / Rosa spp.
The leaves and flowers are used as an eyewash or made into a strong tea for treating sore throats. A tea made from the petals is used both internally and externally to reduce fevers, especially in children. The hips are often made into jam.

Punchon / Mullein / Verbascum thapsus / Alamo Sauco / Narrow-leafed Cotteonwood / Populus angustifolia and Alamo / Aspen / Populus tremuloides

Foreground:
Punchon / Mullein / Verbascum thapsus

The leaves have been smoked to allay the breathing difficulties of asthma, as well as made into a tea to treat bronchitis. The flowers can be infused in oil and used to treat earaches.

Background:
Alamo Sauco / Narrow-leafed Cottonwood / Populus angustifolia and Alamo / Aspen / Populus tremuloides

Both aspens and cottonwoods (there are several species) yield many medicinal applications. A tea made from the leaves and /or flowers was used as a spring tonic and blood purifier, the bark was boiled and drunk to reduce fever (aspens and cootonwoods are poplars, which are in the willow family, and yield salicin type chemicals, the precursor to aspirin), and the buds were used to make an expectorant.

Chamiso Blanco  /  Rabbitbrush  /  Chamisa  /  Chrysothamnus nausesus / Pino  /  Ponderosa Pine  /  Pinus ponderosa / Encino de la Hoja Ancha  /  Gambel's Oak  /  Scrub Oak  /  Querus gambelii / Sabina  /  Rocky Mountain Juniper  /  Juniperus scopulorum / Pinon Pine  /  Pinyon Pine  /  Pinus edulis

Foreground:
Chamiso Blanco / Rabbitbrush / Chamisa / Chrysothamnus nausesus

The flowers yield a rich yellow dye, and were used as a tea to break fevers through sweating. A strong tea was used in the bath to reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis.

Midground:
Pino / Ponderosa Pine / Pinus ponderosa

The needles and inner bark were used as an expectorant.

Encino de la Hoja Ancha / Gambel's Oak / Scrub Oak / Querus gambelii
The branches were boiled and the liquid used to treat gum inflammation, scratches and abrasions. The bark was used much like quinine to treat recurring fevers.

Background:
Sabina / Rocky Mountain Juniper / Juniperus scopulorum

Junipers in general have been used to protect against negative influences of all kinds. The needles were made into a tea to reduce fevers and deal with urinary tract infections. The berries were added to flavor alcohol, used as a digestive bitters, and added to the trail food pemmican.

Piñon Pine / Pinyon Pine / Pinus edulis
The pine nuts are eaten (usually roasted), the wood is burned for fuel, the needles have been steeped and drunk to treat syphilis, and the sap has been used to draw splinters, as a varnish ingredient and waterproofer, and as a dye.






 

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