Aster, Hairy Golden - Heterotheca villosa

Ethnobotanical Uses



"Cheyenne Disinfectant Plant burned as incense to remove evil spirits from the house. --- Sedative Infusion of tips and stems taken for feeling poorly and made one sleepy. --- Hopi Analgesic Infusion of leaves and flowers used for chest pain. --- Navajo, Kayenta Ceremonial Medicine Plant used in the corral dance. --- Navajo, Ramah Ceremonial Medicine Plant used as a ceremonial emetic and chant lotion. Emetic Plant used alone as a sweat house emetic. Plant used as a ceremonial and sweat house emetic for various ailments. Gastrointestinal Aid Cold infusion of leaves used to kill a swallowed red ant. Plant used as a sweat house emetic for indigestion. Heart Medicine Plant used as an 'aorta medicine.' Panacea Root used as a 'life medicine.' Toothache Remedy Poultice of heated root applied for toothache. Venereal Aid Plant used as a sweat house emetic for sexual infection. ---" (Moerman 263)


"Navajo, Ramah Fodder Used for sheep feed.---" (Moerman 263)

Other Uses:

"Navajo, Ramah Insecticide Infusion thrown on anthill to kill red ants. ---" (Moerman 263)