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May 08, 2008

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Love your website! The information is great and the music is fantastic!

Awesome thread! That's exactly the kind of thing I'd love to know when I start my garden this year. Bloodroot is definitely going to be on my list! Thanks for another great post!

I love this! And the violets are simply gorgeous, gorgeous. I've used cloves of raw garlic for yeast infections (yes, I place the clove right up you know where).

My 4th child was a little late coming, but upon drinking a tablespoon of cod liver oil, she came immediately - but be CAREFUL with this one, her head was emerging as my husband frantically RAN with me in his arms into the hospital, where she was delivered in an emergency room right in the lobby since we had no time for anything else! Yes, it works.

Cloves are good for parasites. Sadly, one of my kiddos had pinworms, and passed it to the family, including me, so I've tried this one firsthand as well. Be careful with using cloves when pregnant or with children. But for myself, I purchased some quality powdered clove pills that did the trick.

Tipper! I'm at the shop today, and have figured out how to keep your site open in the back and listen to the music! (Umm, no, I'm not exactly a computer genius.)

Thank you!!! for the music!

Violet flowers are good in salads, too, aside from any medicinal value. But not as good as the cattails! ;)

I have the Italian version of folk remedies from my grandmother (who came to the USA as a young bride) .... chamomile tea for upset stomach, colds, PMS and just about every other ailment; and a tea bag for bee stings or burns. (pretty dull compared to some of the stuff listed above !!! I'm also thinking of trying that flour sack on your head for headaches !!!....seems to me if you didn't already have a headache before you strapped that big ol' flour sack to your head, you sure will afterwards!!)

Really interesting post! Some of those cures were known and used even here in upstate NY, as recently as back when I was a kid...like the kerosene one...believe it or not, my grandparents used it that way. And when we had an earache grandpa would blow cigarette smoke in the affected ear. The cobwebs for staunching blood flow actually works well, although I have never used it on people.

Tip,

You forgot yellow root. It grows along the creek here by my house. It's the only one of those old time remedies that I've ever tried. I can't remember exactly what I drank yellow root tea for...maybe some ulcers in my mouth? It didn't kill me, neither did it seem to help, but it sure tasted bitter. Maybe somebody will chime in here with what yellow root tea is supposed to treat. It seems like I remember Steve drinking yellow root tea for something else? Stomach sickness perhaps?

Okay I don't have many, but aloe for burns and something funny that I still put on my own kids is vicks on their feet with their socks on to help with a cough (works I promise) and I apply to their chest & neck and upper back as well..

Man! As soon as I heard those first few notes, I knew what song it was, and it made my day! Thanks for sending well wishes for my Daughter's birthday! I also love the foxfire books... I used to read them when I was a kid - my Dad has them, and I hope someday he'll let me have them.

My mother ALWAYS put turpentine on cuts and scrapes she said it would disinfect the wound and, if applied quickly following the injury, would take the soreness out. So, I in turn used turpentine on my son's cuts and scrapes until---the pharmacy refused to sell it to my because they said it was poisonous. Ha Ha!
Peppermint tea for an upset stomach.
A dose of sulfur in the spring.
Don't go bare foot in the dew if you have broken skin on your foot.
Lemon juice for your throat.
Home canned blackberry juice for diarrhea--and the berries for the opposite.
Salt in bath water to kill chiggers.
Cigarette tobacco for a bee sting.
Salt to kill snails in the yard.
My friend puts salt on a cut to stop bleeding--ouch!
Sassafras tea as a spring tonic.
The old people had ways to remove warts. My dad took my cousin and I to an old man up in the cove to have warts removed---it worked! We had both had our warts medically removed and they returned but when that old man rubbed the warts and said some words (too softly for me to understand) they went away and never returned!
Great post, Tipper!

My grandmother would bite on a whole clove for a toothache and it would numb it. I was told by my mom to rub Vicks Vapor Rub on the soles of a child's feet followed by a pair of socks before they went to bed to quiet a cough. Peppermint tea or ginger to help an upset stomach. Oh don't get me started.

For some of those remedies, there has to be a ring of truth because they were used for years. Some others are just simply ridiculous. My daughter gets sty's a lot and we just happen to have a black cat...She may think I've lost my mind when I drag that cat's tail across her eye~ LOL!

i like the tail of a black cat in the eye...mark has always had a house cat and i really really tried while we were on kauai. all my animals have been "outside", i raised three sons and barely wanted to let them in :-) here, they would spend a great deal of time in the house due to cold. i couldnt handle them in my stash, in my bed, on my counters...i miss my dogs. i raised austrailian sheperds...bet they'd keep the deer out but mark doesnt like dogs, so we go petless.

Great post -- very interesting, tipper.

You know, some of the old folklore seems pretty silly, such as the ax under the bed. But others make perfect sense. For example, I imagine the spider web might stop mild bleeding. Natural remedies, you know.

I'm also very interested in natural and herbal medicine, though I have very little knowledge and am afraid I'd poison myself! lol

Girl, those wild violets are beautiful! Do they seed?

If I told my six year old to swallow spider webs for his asthma, he'd have an asthma attack!

These were good.

We have tons of those little violets in our yard too. I love them so....

My mom used to rub an eye sty with her gold wedding band ...

For chest congestion, coughs and sore throats, my dad would cover our throat with Watkins menthol camphor and cover the area with a white hanky ...

We never bought cough syrup but always had a batch of Maw's homemade on hand: 1 oz. glycerine, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup whiskey. Heat slightly til mixed and refridgerate.

Sunburns were painted with wet tea bags ...

I know people who put baking soda in a little water and drink it for an upset stomach.
And apple cider vinegar is great for a lot of things. I've seen this myself!

Most interesting --- and the photos are super. Two books I recommend are:

A Guide to Medicinal Plants of Appalachia (Agriculture Handbook No. 400, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture) by Krochmal, Walters, and Doughty, 1971. U.S Printing Office.

A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants, Eastern and Central North America by Foster and Duke with drawing by Peterson, Rose, and Peterson. One of the Peterson Field Guide Series published by Houghton Mifflin 1990.

TERRY

and who can ever forget codliver oil. one tablespoon was a nightly ritual that still makes me gag! I CANT WAIT for them to make a cd...I will be the first to buy it!!!!

"For a black widow spider bite drink liquor heavily from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m."

I'm guessing by the end of that 4 hours, you would be feeling no pain! ;-Þ

I've always been interested in this subject. I know that many (most?) of the synthetic medicines produced in labs today were created to duplicate those originally made from plants and used before the days of pharmaceutical labs.

I am fascinated with the medicinal plants. I've always dreamed of having a huge medicinal/ herb garden.
My family would treat tooth aches by putting raw cloves of garlic between their lip and the tooth in question. My huband treats headaches by pinching and rubbing the fleshy portion of skin between the thumb and index finger. There's supposed to be an accupressure point there.

Tipper - your pictures are great! I think the medical folklore is hilarious - an axe under the bed! Who would think. Have a great afternoon!

My Hubby swears by pouring or immersing a cut (especially a bad one) in kerosene. He has a hugh scar on his leg (from sleigh-riding on a piece of tin roofing) that his grandmother poured kerosene in. "It didn't sting a bit and it healed right up without any infection at all," he says.

Great topic! And don't you just love the Foxfire books?!! You'll have to do a post on ghost stories from the region too!

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