Published on March 27, 2014 by Carol

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Tribal Affiliation: Shoshone-Bannock Nation

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Orgin of Recipe: Offered by Chris …who learned this from her family ( it’s common in her area )

Type of Dish: All Indigenous Ingredients


  • Sagebrush (at least a handful)
  • Water (a potful)
  • Directions:
    Rinse the sagebrush if you like, then put it in the boiling water.
    The longer it boils the stronger it gets. You can add more water or let it get concentrated. This is used for colds and other ailments- it brings out a sweat in a person.
    If you are a wimp (like me) you can add sugar.
    This is sagebrush, and not sweet sage (although sweet sage tea is used for ailments also) – use the stems and all. Many folks sell sagebrush in a stick for “smudging”- our tribe seldom (if ever) smudges with sagebrush – we use sweet sage.
    Sagebrush is excellent for medicinal purposes. If you don’t have sagebrush growing near you – you could probably use part of one of those “smudge” sticks.

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