Old cures,other wise known as Folk Medicine,have
been used for centuries to aid the sick.Though many
advancements have been made in the medical world,
folk medicines have survived time and are still being
used around the world.
While something as simple as chicken soup drew
controversy among many medical professionals,some
have finally come to agree that it has medical
benefits; but they're not sure why. Like many of the
old cures used during the early years,the old folks
didn't know why or how their cures worked,but only
that they did. Many cultures such as Indian,African,
Appalachian, Japanese, Mexican,and many others,
were deeply rooted in folk medicines,folklore,voodoo,
and old folktales. Some even turned to black magic.
They didn't know anything about test tubes or pills,
but there was the boiling of the roots and leaves;some
were even smoked. This form of healing has laid the
foundation for what is, and what will be,in the
home medical book dated 1926 by William Evans M D.,
shows a close relationship between traditional
healing and folk healing. This old book is truly an
antique and covers a wide range of old cures like:
home remedy for ringworm, pink eye, sore throat,
tooth ache, how to get rid of pimples, hives, the
history of small pox, scarlet fever, scurvy,malaria
symptoms,rickets disease,eczema, and many other
Many ingredients that were contained in old home
remedies are used in todays prescription Drugs.
Though these ingredients may be listed under some
fancy scientific name, the end results are the same.
probably change some of these names to something
simple like vinegar, corn meal, pine tar, onions,
baking soda, salt, peppers, tree bark, roots, corn silk,
sassafras, honey,dew berry roof, aspirin; Why aspirin?
Because it has been long used as a pain killer! Though
mostly synthetically made today,it was originally
made from salicin, the active ingredient in willow tree
bark, (acetylsalicylic acid,) and was a primary
ingredient in other folk medicines as well. The same
can be found in strawberries, almonds and tomatoes.
So It's plain to see that by consuming a combination
of fruits, herbs and vegetables,some bodily ailments
would not exist or the limiting affect of the ailment
would be greatly reduced. Did you know that store
bought cloves can reduce the pain of a tooth ache?
simple nature. Even One of the most deadliest
diseases,malaria, was first treated with the extract
from the bark of a South American willow tree.
The old folks knew a great deal about healing herbs
but seldom spoke of what they knew. For this reason,
unfortunately, many old remedies have been lost
forever and the rest remains a secret. My ancestors
were a great example of this; they could be called the
keepers of old cures. They did a lot of healing but
revealed very little of how it was done. However,
before my mother's death, (Martha Marr, (Fitzgerald)
revealed some of what she knew about folk healing
to a local newspaper. I would like to give thanks to,
Frances Halam Hurt, for her research and
contribution to the publishing of this article which
was printed in"The Bee," A news paper located in
Though most old cures have been covered in mounds
of dirt along with the people that possessed them, It
gives me great pleasure to dedicate this page to early
pioneers of all cultures for their contribution to the
healing of the sick. For they were true pioneers,that
paved a path through history,that lead us to what we
call the present.