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The first plant in this series is Prunella vulgaris, “self heal” also known as “heal-all” or in Cherokee as ganigwiliski “clotted blood” or “it is bruised”, inatuwadzitzu, udzantiuwasituna, or as udzanugata(n). 

Ganigwiliski is traditionally used in Cherokee traditional medicine for bruises, burns, as a food, and to flavor other medicines. I use ganigwiliski in salves for many different skin complaints including burns, cuts, bruises, rashes, bug bites, and a lot more. I’ve also had a lot of success using ganigwiliski internally for sore throat, chills, fever, and for diarrhea and stomach complaints. It’s a wonderful plant that can be wild harvested or grown in the garden.