Medical Problem

Plant

First Aid

Bruises

Jimson Weed

Crushed leaves bound on wound

Swellings

Jimson Weed

Crushed leaves bound on wound

Rattlesnake bite

Jimson Weed

Crushed leaves bound on wound

Tarantula bite

Jimson Weed

Crushed leaves bound on wound

Headache

Arroyo Willow

Chew roots

Toothache

Arroyo Willow

Chew roots

Your wife is having a baby

Sagebrush

Brew leaves as tea

Your wife is having a baby

California Sycamore

Ground-level bark brewed as a tea

Poison Oak

Mugwort

Tea antidote

Lice

Sagebrush

Rub plant on skin

Ant bites

Saltbush

Chew stems, place pulpy mash on swelling

Bee stings

Saltbush

Chew stems, place pulpy mash on swelling

Splinter

Monterey Pine

Hot resin to draw out pus

Boil

Monterey Pine

Hot resin to draw out pus

Wound

Coast Live Oak

Allow wet acorn flour to mold, apply as a poultice

Sore

Coast Live Oak

Allow wet acorn flour to mold, apply as a poultice

Stomach ache

Toyon

Drink tea made from bark and leaves

Prevent wound infection

Laurel Sumac

Boil bark of roots, apply as antiseptic dressing

Poor circulation

White Alder

Decoction of dried bark

Diarrhea

White Alder

Decoction of dried bark

Stomach ache

White Alder

Decoction of dried bark

Hemorrhages

White Alder

Decoction of dried bark

Fever

Box Elder

Drink bark made into tea

Fever

Arroyo Willow

Tea

Puzzling illness

California Lilac

Tea from leaves‑-diagnosis

Constipation

Coffee Berry

Dry bark

Lethargy

Coffee Berry

Bark steeped in cold water

Cold

Santa Cruz Island Pine

Boiled resin tea (Vitamin C)

Sore throat

Santa Cruz Island Pine

Chew resin as gum

Headache

California Bay

Wrap wet leaves around

Pain relief

California Bay

Seeds and leaves

Flu

Sage

Tea

Bibliography

  1. Indian Uses of Native Plants—Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History & The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
  2. Native American Uses of Ballona Wetlands Plants, compiled by Barbara Courtois, insert in A Naturalists Guide to the Ballona Wetlands, by Dan Cooper
  3. The Chumash People—Materials for Teachers and Students, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  4. The Gabrielino, Thomson, Mary Leighton, 1993, Playa del Rey, CA AdProse