When the Founding Fathers landed on the shores of the New World, they may have had some medical supplies with them, but most of the plants they found in their new home were completely different to the ones they were used to. Perhaps they had the foresight to bring seeds for familiar simples with them, but the conditions in this strange new land were totally different and they had enough trouble finding food, without having to cosset alien plants in a strange new environment.
It’s often recounted how native Americans helped them to survive, providing food and medicine when all seemed lost. Even today, many tribes keep to the old traditions, using herb lore and methods handed down the generations.
Although there is some
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