Flowering Plants

Coltsfoot

As medicine
Two species of coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus and P. palmatus) plants are in the Gwich’in Settlement Area. They are used as a steam to treat chest conditions such as asthma, congested chest conditions or colds. Ruth Welsh said,

... [when] your child has a cold... [and] you want something to steam in the child's room to break the congestion and help them sleep, this is one of the plants that we used for that purpose.

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Chamomile

     As medicine

The chamomile plant is used as a relaxant tea. The tea is boiled for only a few minutes and then left to steep. Ruth Welsh said,

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Alpine arnica

As medicine
The flowers of the alpine arnica plant are used to make medicinal tea that is taken for stomach ailments (Andre 1995).
Source: Andre, Alestine and Alan Fehr, Gwich'in Ethnobotany, 2nd ed. (2002)
 
The yellow petals of the arnica or alpine arnica plant are mixed with grease or oil to make an ointment that is used to rub aching muscles. The above ground plant is used to make a tea to treat skin rash.
 
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