Early settlers not only had to rely on their own wits to keep the body fed but had to be their own physicians.While some of these "cures" may seem odd now,considering the medical practices of the day,they were quite sensible for the time.
listed below is strictly for historical purposes and should by
means NOT be practiced.The misuse of certain herbs can be a serious
threat so please use this material for reading only.All health concerns
should always,always,always be discussed with a licensed physician.
|Rheumatism (In The Fall)||Arthritis Remedy||Curing Warts|
|Rheumatism (In The Spring)||Ague||Bites, Sunburn and Stings|
|Reducing fever||Colds and Coughs||Sore throat|
|Poultices||Spring Tonic||Burns or frostbite|
|Bites, Sunburn and Stings||Burns and Scalds||Poison Ivy|
Plants found grown by the early settlers.
|Foxglove (digitalis)||Belladonna (deadly nightshade)|
|Aconitum (monkshood)||Artemisia absinthium(wormwood)|
lu ann writes:
Try using chamomile tea
colicky babies.I add a pinch of sugar, (never honey) to the tea.
A W.VA .friend of mine believes in putting a dab of butter on the side of an infant's nose when they get a cold to help them breathe.
This verse is from the Bible that stops bleeding. I have had it in my wallet all my life . Mom gave it to me when I was old enough to have a wallet.Carla
" and when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, live: yea I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood. Live."
You mentioned the cob
for bleeding, she told me that chimney
soot would also stop bleeding and Papaw Back use to read a verse from
the Bible (unfortunately I can't remember the verse).
For a toothache she use
make us hold whiskey on the tooth and
then make sure we spit it out.
Also she would soak a
paper bag in vinegar and apply it to
sprains to reduce the swelling and the pain, it really worked.
For warts, rub a raw
on it (cut a potato in half and rub the
raw side on the wart) and then plant the potato, as the potato spouted
the wart would go away.
For headaches, tie a
around your head tightly and then sleep
with the head at the foot of the bed. It is suppose to work, but never
She tried to teach me
that she knew, but most of the things
she taught me, I have forgotten over the years. Oh, how I wish I could
remember more of the things she said.
Just thought I would pass
few things along to you.
These are some great additions,Aldene,and I thank you.
I am 71 years old and I remember the remedy my Grandma had for getting rid of warts on my little brother's hands.
Kill a chicken and get all the blood you can from it.
Rub it on the warts three days in a row.
I don't remember if he washed it off, but I don't think he did.
She was also a great fan
poultices...I don't know what they were made
of ,but I had one on my chest all winter long it seemed. They were
And she really believed
sulfur and molasses. [black strap, of
course], UGHHH. But I took it when she said I should. I remained
healthy in spite of it.
You don't argue with a
who could shade her eyes, look at the sun
and tell you want time it was any time of the year, and hardly ever be
off more than 5 or 10 minutes.
Fri, 10 Mar 2000
My family had a valuable
remedy for the cold. Drink a mixture of
tea, lemon, whiskey and honey as hot as you can drink it. Then cover up
and stay covered all night. You will sweat it out of your system.
Thu, 9 Mar 2000
For sore throats, my
used to use long cotton swabs and swab both sides of the throat
Iodine. It does work.... Also. when I was a little girl I
poison ivy.. I had such a bad reaction to it, nothing my mom did
would relieve it, but my grandfather used straight alcohol on
cotton ball, and dabbed each blister with it.. It healed up quickly.
--the stems or "straw" left after stripping the flowers can be burned like incense and have often been used as a means of deodorizing and disinfecting sick rooms.
--used in relieving the pain and in massage oils helps in relaxing muscles.
--used to relieve, among
things; headaches, fainting, hysteria, stress, insomnia, muscle aches,
bug bites, rashes, colds,chest infections, rheumatism and flatulence.
Burn sulfur candles in closed room to kill diseases - slow fever (typhoid)
Place hot poker in block
camphor gum. Fumes will kill diseases.
Headaches-Place large cabbage leaves on your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck.
Swab your ears with beet
For more serious throat ailments you'll need to breathe heavily on a frog. The frog's heart should start beating rapidly and you will feel instant relief. After eight to ten minutes the disease will have passed completely onto the frog.
Cut a raw potato in half
spread the sap over the sunburned area. It will immediately cool
and relieve the pain. Use as often as needed.
To remove poison from bites and stings
Plantain is a common weed that can be found almost anywhere. For an insect bit,pull a piece of plantain,mash it and hold it on the sting. In a few seconds, the poison is drawn from the sting and the pain is gone.
Dandelion Milk. Cut the stem of a dandelion and squeeze the sap onto the wart. Rub in gently. Repeat for several days.
Raw meat. Use a small square of meat, rub it into the wart firmly, then bury the meat in the garden.Visualise the meat being the wart. As the meat breaks down the wart will disappear.
Silver coin. Rub a silver coin on the wart,visualising both as one, then bury the coin in the garden. As the silver tarnishes, the wart will disappear.
Tonic - Sulfur, molasses, and cream of tartar tonics
make very good blood cleaners. Mix 1 tsp. of sulfur with 1 tsp. of
molasses and add a little cream of tartar. "Take daily until creek
Green Spanish moss can be placed in the shoes to fight high blood pressure, and tied around the neck to relieve a sprained neck.
The elderberry tree has
called "the medicine chest of the
common people. The flowers, leaves, berries, bark and
roots have all been used in traditional folk medicine for
centuries. Warm elderberry wine is a remedy for sore throat, influenza and induces perspiration to reverse the effects of a chill. The juice from the berries is an old fashioned cure for colds, and is also said to
relieve asthma and bronchitis.
Colds and Coughs
Whooping cough was treated this way.The person drank a boiling hot concoction of horehound,lemon or ginger tea mixed with honey.The patient was covered with heavy quilts to sweat out the poisons.
syrup was made from boiled dried horehound leaves until a strong
tea resulted. Add three cups sugar for each cup and a half
of tea. Boil until syrup thickens. Whiskey may be added in small
amounts. Bottle and take a teaspoonful several times a day to
A treatment for colds and headaches was this:Boil ten corn shucks in water for 30 minutes. This brew was taken straight and not diluted.
Make a tea from this year's spruce tips and drink as hot as possible. Wormwood, boneset, and hemlock tea are all good.
If you wanted to prevent a chest cold you would cut off a piece of camphor ice about the size of the end of your thumb. The camphor was placed in a small cloth bag and hung around the neck and resting on the chest area.When the camphor had melted to the size of a pea,you replaced it.The belief was the vapors penetrated the membranes of the lungs and prevented winter colds.
One tablespoon of turpentine was mixed with two tablespoons of lard and rubbed on the chest and throat to relieve chest colds.This was also covered with a flannel rag.(I've had camphor oil used on me this way as a child and I can tell you it did help me breathe more easily.)
colds and pains, mix one part mustard, one part flour with enough warm
water to make a paste. Cut two pieces of cloth to same size and
the paste between cloth layers.
Kidney ailments--Boiled watermelon seeds provided a tea that was used to cure kidney problems.
Bayberry leaves are often steeped for a tea to relieve back pains associated with the kidneys.
was used as a diuretic in the treatment of kidney ailments.
Rub light burn or frostbite with freshly cut potato to relieve pain.
potatoes were scraped finely and spread on gauze, good and thick.
This was applied over the burned area. This was considered a good treatment for third degree burns, causing healing from the inside out, without scabs forming which draw
and make a scar.
Infection - Hot pitch and turpentine compresses used to reduce infection.
1 c. ripe polk berries
1 1/2 c. water
1 enamel or stainless steel saucepan
Wash berries; crush
in saucepan. Add water and
bring to a boil for 3 to 5 minutes. Cool, then strain liquid
in a glass jar. Close jar. Drink 1 cup of tea twice a day for
1 qt. moonshine
2 medium polk roots about the size of a sweet potato
Put roots in 1/2 gallon
Pour moonshine over roots.
Let stand 4 to 5 days. Remove roots and stir. Take one
tablespoon twice a day for pain and swelling.
Another remedy was to remove the inner bark from willow trees. The bark was boiled in enough water to cover.Keep adding more water and boil several hours. Pour off water and bottle. Take a large swallow to kill aches and pains as needed.
Wild yams were also
in the treatment of rheumatic pain and
1 lb. polk leaves
1/2 lb. smoked meat
2 c. water
1 small onion
Wash meat; dice and boil
tender. Wash polk leaves
and add to cooked meat. Cook meat and leaves for 15 to 20
minutes. Peel and dice onion. Add diced onion the last 3
minutes leaves and meat are cooking. Remove from heat and
place in an airtight container. Heat and eat at least 3
servings during a week.
The berries, bark and roots of prickly ash were combined as a remedy for rheumatism.
Watercress was another plant used to help relieve the pain of rheumatism.
Moss was boiled and the decoction was used for bathing swellings and
Crushed plantain leaves were considered good for this purpose. The following were often applied to boil to draw it to a head, or to any wound, sore spot, blister or bruise:
1. Stale bread soaked in
milk. Wrap in cloth and apply to
boil. Replace two or three times daily with fresh mixture.
Repeat as necessary.
2. Flaxseed, scraped
hot salt, mustard, poke root
were also used in poultices.
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