Asteraceae Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britt. & Rusby

Broom Snakeweed

Navajo - Drug, Ceremonial Medicine

Use documented by:
Elmore, Francis H., 1944, Ethnobotany of the Navajo, Sante Fe, NM. School of American Research, page 86

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Scientific name: Gutierrezia sarothrae (Pursh) Britt. & Rusby
USDA symbol: GUSA2 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Broom Snakeweed
Family: Asteraceae
Family (APG): Asteraceae
Native American Tribe: Navajo
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Ceremonial Medicine
Notes: Wood made into charcoal used in the medicines applied to the ailing gods. Two kinds of charcoal were used in the medicines which were applied to the ailing gods. The first was made from the bark of the pine and willow. The second was made from this plant and three-lobed sagebrush, to which were added the feathers dropped from a live crow and a live buzzard.

RECRD: 3053 id: 16306