I can't help it! Perhaps, it's from all the training I received as a classroom teacher or all the books I've read throughout the years, but I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of The Lost Book of Remedies.
Have you ever heard of a book about lost remedies? Lost remedies that perhaps some of our grandparents or great grandparents used. This book about lost remedies was compiled by Claude Davis. Mr. Davis inherited a number of herbal remedies from his grandfather and decided to offer them to the public.
Now, I’ve heard about herbal remedies for curing a number of ailments, but this information has been here and there. It’s never been a complete compilation along with specific directions, several photographs along with specific details to help one identify the plant or weed needed to make a specific remedy.
Since there are hundreds of healing plants, Mr. Davis grouped them by type and location, which makes it easy for someone to find what they are looking for. For example, do you know what happens when you pour salt onto a cabbage and cover it with water? In a few days, it starts to ferment, bringing to life wonderful microbes that offer some of the best protection possible for one’s digestive tract while regulating one’s bowel movements and preventing both diarrhea and constipation.
Now, for only 27 calories per cup, this probiotic offers 4 grams of fiber, 35 percent of one’s daily vitamin C needs, 21 percent of one’s daily vitamin K needs, and 12 percent of one’s daily iron needs. Now, that is one nutritional powerhouse!
One thing about cabbage is that it’s cheap to purchase. Of course, one can grow their own depending on where they live.
What I find fascinating are the herbal remedies that come from weeds! Weeds! Something that is free and grows without any help. For many of us, we consider weeds to be a nuisance and do our best to eliminate them. But, now, after examining Mr. Davis’ books about herbal remedies, I’m reconsidering my opinion about weeds. For example, the marshmallow plant. This weed contains powerful antiviral properties hidden in its roots. So, if one has an infection caused by a virus like flu, herpes, or hepatitis A, B, or C, this remedy will slow down the viruses’ ability to reproduce and allow one’s body to fight back. Through the use of clear photographs, Claude Davis shows exactly what this plant looks like and how to prepare the remedy.
Another week one might find in their backyard is known as “senega.” The name comes from the Seneca natives. They used to make a poultice from it to cure deadly snake bites during the 18th century.
A Scottish doctor observed that symptoms of rattlesnake bites resembled the advanced stages of pneumonia and lung disease, so he tried it out and discovered it was so effective that soon the plant was exported to Europe, where it continued to save many lives.
There is so much more about herbal remedies from weeds and plants that Claude Davis shares in his book. In part two, I will discuss a common weed used to help our soldiers during World War II.