Herbaceous Plants-Medicine or Wive's Tales
Saturday, February 19
Alot of people back in the 1800's and early 1900's lived without doctors or modern medicine.Most without a family doctor or a hospital within distance without hiring someone with a horse and buggy to take them to the hospital.They could only rely on old world remedies.
When a person couldnt get to a dentist and need analgesic to numb the gums to pull an abcess tooth,they would break a black willow tree limb and peel back the bark and rub the white innermost layer of the sprig inside on the gum line area above the tooth.This worked as liticaine or novacaine to numb below the gum surface to the root.They did their own dentistry.
Others used Kerosene to dis -infect wounds and stop bleeding profusely.More holistic clincs are using herbs to promote health and healing for those who do not use synthetic drugs as an option for health and well being.Goldenseal is a great antibotic,used for urinary tract infections alot today in health food stores.The old wives tales say when children had fevers and kidney infections,they would boil the goldenseal root, make a tea and have them drink 8 oz per day and it would heal their infection within 3 days.
Other herbacous woody plants that are very popular are cohosh,gensing,lobeila and bloodroot.Alot of herbaceous plants are used in synthetic drugs needed by prescription.Heart digitalis medication is used by a herbaceous plant as is a very potent drug for anxiety issues.The Indians knew how to use the herbaceous plants and rarely needed a doctor's care.As a matter of fact,they couldn't get doctor's care in some locations they had,so they had to be their own physicians .