Monday, March 09, 2015
For a stomachache--dates, hen's broth, and cultivated lettuce. Hen's broth--could that be chicken soup?
Touwaide has scoured libraries around the world--and even the stores in shipwrecks--for nostrums.
Broccoli was huge--and used to treat gyno disorders. Cato thought Romans should grow broccoli as a sort of first aid kit.
Walnuts, and black and white horehound were also popular--as anti-inflammatories. They also kill bacteria, even drug-resistant staph.
An effective malaria treatment--used now--came from the artemisia plant, which was also picked up on by the Chinese.
Ancient medicine was based on 45 core plants, many of which were grown near patients in kind of medical orchards.
In ancient times, skin diseases were very prevalent. Then came digestive problems, urinary, and gyno.
Still, he says--emphatically--he does not try the ancient remedies on himself.
Not even horehound candy? I used to like that.