Strawberries in Newfoundland
Information taken from the book “MICMAC MEDICINES” Remedies and Recollections. By Laurie Lacey , NIMBUS Publication Page (45)
I have used strawberry leaves to treat stomach cramps. The leaves may be chewed or steeped in water to produce a medicinal tea. A Micmac woman in Shubenacadie remarked that the entire strawberry plant when steeped in water is a good general tonic. The leaves, roots and berries steeped in water make a blood purifying medicine and act as a blood building agent. Also, the plant can be used to treat dysentery and weakness of the intestines, as well as infections of the urinary organs. There are other uses for the strawberry plant. For example, a strong tea used as a gargle will strengthen the gums.
Extra information on the Strawberry provided by the St. George’s Indian Band.
Strawberries usually ripen towards the end of June to mid July. At our Aboriginal Day Celebrations this year, June 21, since it was “Strawberry Time”, we held a “Strawberry Ceremony”, this was done to show our appreciation to Mother Earth and to the Creator for providing us with the strawberries for they are such powerful medicine. We offered some strawberries in “moon water” to the Sacred Fire, reminding us to be thankful for everything “Mother Earth” provides and to never take these things for granted. When we take something from this world, we should always put something back and say thank you.