EThnobotany of the Ojibwe People
The health and well-being of the community was of prime importance to the Ojibwe, and people had a number of techniques and uses of plants which they used to prevent and cure various illnesses. Both illnesses of the body and the spirit were recognized and had specific cures and preventative techniques. Minor illnesses of the body could sometimes be cured by a sweatlodge or by taking an herbal or other remedy. While these things could be "home remedies" in the sense that many people knew the uses of medicinal plants and used them, other medicines and cures could only be used by individuals with special knowledge and training. These kinds of treatments were specifically important for those disease, which were felt to result from a supernatural force.