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Old Time Cures from the Shenandoah Valley and Mountains
By Beth Trissel
Last edited: Monday, October 03, 2011
Posted: Monday, October 03, 2011



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These cures are recorded in Shenandoah Voices by late Shenandoah Valley historian and author John Heatwole.  I knew John, who lived not far from us, and much admired him.  He’s left a wealth of information behind in his books.  I especially enjoy his collection of remedies and superstitions found in Shenandoah Voices, but his particular area of expertise was the Civil War.
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 by late Shenandoah Valley historian and author John Heatwole.  I knew John, who lived not far from us, and much admired him.  He’s left a wealth of information behind in his books.  I especially enjoy his collection of remedies and superstitions found in Shenandoah Voices, but his particular area of expertise was the Civil War.

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And now, onto the cures.  
'For a sprained ankle take catnip, sprinkle salt on it and bind it to the ankle. ‘Mullein tea’ was also used for sprained ankles.  The leaves of the mullein plant were boiled in vinegar and water and the ankle was bathed in it while it was still warm.'  
">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprained_ankle">sprained ankle take catnip, sprinkle salt on it and bind it to the ankle. ‘Mullein tea’ was also used for sprained ankles.  The leaves of the mullein plant were boiled in vinegar and water and the ankle was bathed in it while it was still warm.'  

*I pause here to add that I'm quite fond of soft grey mullein leaves.  They were worn inside shoes or moccasins to ease foot discomfort.  Not that I've tried this but it makes sense.

'Turpentine was also rubbed on a sprain.  You never covered it or it would burn.  Catnip tea was made for children with the colic.'  *I enjoy growing catnip and catmint, and my cats are fond of it as well.

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'Queen Anne’s Lace made into a tea is said to relieve backache.  Sage and honey tea is a good brew to give to someone with pneumonia.' 
">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daucus_carota">Queen Anne’s Lace made into a tea is said to relieve backache.  Sage and honey tea is a good brew to give to someone with pneumonia.' 

*Sage is an ancient cure-all, noted in all the old herbals.  'Why should a man die who hath sage in his garden?'  ~An antiquated proverb

'Drinking tea made from aromatic sage is said to keep a woman’s hair from turning gray prematurely.' 
*I have not relied on this remedy, but have a hairdresser.  Let me know how it works for you.

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Lobelia tea was used by Thomsonian herb doctor Gabe Heatwole as a purge.  Lobelia is an annual or perennial plant of the bellflower family.~Goldenseal and Comfort Root (*Pinelands Hibiscus or Cut-leaf Hibiscus) teas are good for an upset stomach. If you have kidney problems, swamp root tea can be used for relief.'
">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobelia">Lobelia tea was used by Thomsonian herb doctor Gabe Heatwole as a purge.  Lobelia is an annual or perennial plant of the bellflower family.~Goldenseal and Comfort Root (*Pinelands Hibiscus or Cut-leaf Hibiscus) teas are good for an upset stomach. If you have kidney problems, swamp root tea can be used for relief.'

'Greasy mustard plaster was used on the sufferer’s chest for a deep cold. To avoid being burned by the mustard, this plaster was made with lard and spread on a cloth that could be laid on the sufferer’s chest without burning.' *My mother-in-law used this one.
">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustard_plaster">mustard plaster was used on the sufferer’s chest for a deep cold. To avoid being burned by the mustard, this plaster was made with lard and spread on a cloth that could be laid on the sufferer’s chest without burning.' *My mother-in-law used this one.

'A family in Singers Glen used a mustard and lard poultice for pneumonia.  When the patient’s chest started to turn red, it was removed. The patient was washed off thoroughly, and then a hot onion poultice was applied. Another non-burning plaster was made with 'mustard, lard, and egg whites.'  

*Good old 
Vicks VapoRub, I might add, has been invaluable among rural people ever since it came out in the early 20th century. I use Vicks for congestion, but gave myself an itchy rash the last time.  Guess I should have used a piece of old flannel to protect my delicate skin.  A valley resident who grew up back in the holler said his mama used to stuff Vicks up kid's noses as well as plastering their chests and made them eat it by the spoonful.  I don't think he's overly fond of it anymore.
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VapoRub, I might add, has been invaluable among rural people ever since it came out in the early 20th century. I use Vicks for congestion, but gave myself an itchy rash the last time.  Guess I should have used a piece of old flannel to protect my delicate skin.  A valley resident who grew up back in the holler said his mama used to stuff Vicks up kid's noses as well as plastering their chests and made them eat it by the spoonful.  I don't think he's overly fond of it anymore.

Another remedy  for a bad cold or pleurisy was 'to put lard on your chest with salt sprinkled on it of a night.'
">http://bethtrissel.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/old-home-in-the-blue-ridge-mountains.jpg">Another remedy  for a bad cold or pleurisy was 'to put lard on your chest with salt sprinkled on it of a night.'

'A tea made a peppermint leaves will stop a stomachache.' *Now this one I rely on a lot!

'Pennyroyal tea was used to break a fever, for upset stomach and to treat the common cold.  It is of the same family as mint and yields aromatic oil.'  *Please note, pregnant women should never drink pennyroyal tea as it can cause contractions. I love the scent of this herb.
">http://www.last.fm/music/Nirvana/Pennyroyal%2BTea">Pennyroyal tea was used to break a fever, for upset stomach and to treat the common cold.  It is of the same family as mint and yields aromatic oil.'  *Please note, pregnant women should never drink pennyroyal tea as it can cause contractions. I love the scent of this herb.

'During the Civil War, some Valley soldiers chewed slippery elm bark when in battle or on the march. It was said to relieve thirst and hunger.'
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Miss Gray Pifer of Mt. Crawford said that ‘horehound grew down near the creek. Momma made a horehound syrup with brown sugar for coughs.’ *I love old fashioned horehound drops to sooth a sore throat.

'In Page County a woman said that her grandfather smoked a corncob pipe, and if a child in the family had an earache, he’d blow smoke in the ear as a cure.  She also said for spider bite, you should cut a piece from a new potato and hold it against the bite. Eventually the potato will turn black as it absorbs the poison.;
">http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=38.61,-78.48&spn=1.0,1.0&q=38.61,-78.48%20(Page%20County%2C%20Virginia)&t=h">Page County a woman said that her grandfather smoked a corncob pipe, and if a child in the family had an earache, he’d blow smoke in the ear as a cure.  She also said for spider bite, you should cut a piece from a new potato and hold it against the bite. Eventually the potato will turn black as it absorbs the poison.;

Do these cures work, you may ask?  Some of them do, yes.  Others rely heavily on faith to heal.

*Many of these scenic shots are of the Shenandoah Valley and mountains taken by my mother, Pat Churchman, and husband Dennis.

 

 

 

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