The Chippewa historically used False Solomon’s Seal by burning the roots and inhaling the fumes for headaches and pains. A decoction of the leaves was used as a contraceptive.
The Meskwaki used a compound of the root to loosen the bowels, as a smudge for “hush crying children,” and as a behavioral drug (to “bring people back to normal”, anticonvulsive, stimulant).
Other indigenous peoples used the plant to treat swelling, sore backs, and kidney troubles, and as a blood coagulant. They fed on the fresh berries and used them as flavorings for meats and young shoots (cooked and eaten like asparagus).
False Solomon’s Seal has extensive colonies of mycorrhizal fungi in their roots allowing them to have a deeper relationship with the plants around them via the fungi and the soil, including nutrient uptake. Garlic Mustard weed (Alliaria petiolata) is a non-native, invasive perennial that has taken hold of the majority of the east coast and Midwest. The growth of this pesky plant significantly impacts the growth of this fungal relationship. American Journal of Botany
Maianthemum is a compound word from two Greek words ‘Maios’ for May, and ‘anthos’ for flower-a note to its blooming period.