Evelyn Christine Braddock Wilson - In Her Own Words -
"My mama's mother, Ruth Hull Raulerson, was a pretty good doctor. People would come and want her to fix up medicine for 'em. There's some kind of - you know these here old Jerusalem oats, I think. She'd take that and get a sheet a piece of paper, or some cloth and beat that stuff and get the seed off of it. It had long sprouts and be seed all up and down on it, and beat them seed off and then she'd boil some syrup-home made syrup, til it was to candy and made them children eat that candy. Said it would get the hookworms out, tape worms. Said it would kill all kinds of worms.
"She used to go out in the woods and get a weed they called a blue-blueberry- some kind of-something like. Anyway she'd take that and boil it and make a tea that would stop running off on anybody."
Southerners, who made up a large percentage of the Western population, brought their own region's medical material, rural and heavily Negro, with them: barefoot root, cooked down and combined with pyro lard and salt to make a salve for rheumatism; may-apple root, good to work the bowels; black halls and cherry root, a good tea to strengthen the appetite; Jerusalem oats or Jerusalem-weed candy or tea for worms; palsy or ripe pomegranate hulls for diarrhea ad dysentery; tansy tea, red shank and hazel roots for "womanhood" and childbirth troubles.
Samson snake root (was) for cramps and pains in the stomach; plantain leaf or marshmallow leaves for stubs and bruises; hot onion poultices on the chest for a cough; slippery-elm bark, chewed till sweetish, rubbery and mushy to soothe a cough-sore throat, Jamaica ginger (was) for colic; wild-raspberry wine or boiled sassafras for "drying up of joint water" (rheumatism); blister-he-stomach for tuberculosis; horehound and mullein tea or molasses, cotton seed oil, and a little bourbon for a cold. Goldenseal (a/k/a yaller-root) (was) for stomach trouble heartburn or sore mouth; flax weed tea for infants; summer complaint; ginseng for chills and fever; mullein boiled up and drunk hot to bring out the rash in chicken pox and measles; asafetida bags to ward measles, smallpox and the like; peppermint or pennyroyal for beneficial teas. (Notes on medical history contributed by Evelyn's great grandson Paul Roesch)
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