Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Paintbrush Plant and Rheumatism

The paintbrush plant was a favorite of the Native American Ojibwe tribe who used it as a treatment for rheumatism. These plants have a tendency to absorb and retain high levels of selenium which is believed to help the painful conditions associated with rheumatism. The flowers of the paintbrush are edible, but can be extremely toxic if not used in moderation. The plant has also been used by the Nevada American tribes to enhance the immune system to help fight sexually transmitted diseases.

There are approximately 200 species of the paintbrush plant worldwide. The colors of the flower range from light yellow to deep red depending on soil and location.