Indian Pipe, also known as Ghost Pipe is a very interesting wild flower. for many years I believed it to be in the mushroom family. Indian Pipe is a very special, sacred medicine, it is for sure one of prettiest little plants out there. They typically grow in large groups. I will say this is a powerful medicine, nervine and sedative and should be used with caution in regards to dosing. It may have toxic compounds. I use it only as needed. Some it’s benefits include:
*Aids against restlessness, anxiety and depression
*Pain relief (considered a mild opium)
*Helps nervous irritability
Usnea is a very common lichen found all over the forest. It’s also known as Old Mans Beard. There is a Cherokee belief that one should never gather Usnea from the tree but rather from the ground, when it is rightfully offered. Usnea has a range of benefits including:
*Fights infections and colds
*Fights sore mouth and throat
Both of these herbs can be used as a tea or tincture.