Every family in your tribe has a Nentpike to some degree. The healer, the feeler, the one who takes health and sickness more seriously than others. And sometimes acts upon it. My reconnection happened during an N.D.E and Hospice a few decades ago. The death-sentence ended up in a medical cannabis patent for prostate Cancer and GreenTV networks are now in most major ports shooting 24/7. For someone who should be dead and just turned an age many are retiring, it show nature works. And the most important element of anything we have control over is the quality of our water. Before I check out, my goal is affordable pure water for everyone I can reach and the lotions once used in our family will be .
From our Lenape Delaware, original healers,
Knowing the medicinal value of certain plants and herbs to cure ordinary sicknesses, injuries, and hurts, but for serious physical problems the Lenape consulted two kinds of medical practitioners. The Nentpikes, or herbalists, cured diseases and healed wounds and infections by applying natural remedies. The meteinu or medew, in addition to being familiar with the properties of herbs, plants, barks and roots also claimed to know how to deal with witchcraft and other occult practices. It was belied that meteinu could cure illnesses of supernatural origin and could chase away evil spirits. Both types of medical practitioners usually started their professions as a result of dreams or visions. Experienced older professionals would then teach them the special rituals associated with the selection and use of medicinal plants, their powers for diagnosing of healing illnesses, and the prayers and proper preparations associated with the use of each plant.
In selecting the required medicinal plants in field or forest, an herbalist would stop by the first specimen, leaving it untouched. A ceremony would then be performed to appease the spirit of the plant. Following this the herbalist would dig a small hole on the east side of the plant’s roots and place a pinch of native tobacco into the hole as an offering to the manetuwak or spirits who cared for the plants. After addressing the plant and its spirit, the meteinu would then pick other plants of the same sort.
Each plant was gathered according to the needs of the patient’s body. Proper diagnosis of disease was important to the treatment and usually each plant was carefully examined. If the roots of a selected plant appeared rough and knotty the patient would be difficult to cure, but if the roots were clean and well formed, an easy cure was assured. In a love potion, rough and knotty roots presaged a stormy relationship, but smooth roots promised a loving companionship.
And from this day of 12.21.18. I honor Dr. Debra Laino in faith, Lady Lenape facilitating with Delaware tribe, Tanya in marketing, Michael overlooking and testing, Kate working with Chef Becky, New York Culinary Institute and blessed by Matriarch, Guardian Angel and Nentpike, Solstice is born to the brightest 2019 for those in our journey forward!
Best to all during the holidays, JDL