Medicine of Old, Native America & Home Remedies I grew up with

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Today I thought we might have another look at medicine, Native American style.  Let me define once again, medicine.  Medicine meant in the days of early America, something mysterious, powerful, unexplainable.  Different things in nature had different medicine and I suppose (although I don’t know this exactly) that this definition came into being because when the white man came into this country, he had so many things that the Indians of old could not easily explain and had no experience with, that these things became “mysterious,” or thus they had “medicine.”  But originally the meaning of this word meant that something or someone or some animal or spirit had taken pity on you and had bestowed upon you its secret power.

comanche-moon3.jpgBecause Native Americans lived so closely to nature, their medicine included not only herbs and plants and roots (as well as the medicine man’s expertise), it also included food, itself.   Last month we discussed how the Native Americans made corn their main food source by fermenting it with lime water (that’s not the limes that grow on trees, but rather the mineral, lime).  Even today  in the southwest, the Native Americans continue to treat corn in this tradition because amazingly enough, it gives the corn a complete amino acid base and becomes a complete protein.  Today let’s revisit this concept and take up another food source that became medicine.

adam-beach.jpgAnd what is that food source?  Buffalo, of course.  Buffalo was the staff of life to the Native Americas of yesterday.  Not only did the buffalo give the people its skins for clothes, shoes, bags, sheilds and shelter, it gave the people medicine in the form of food.  It’s liver eaten raw (as we once saw in the movie, Dances with Wolves) gave vigor to the people.  Meat was cooked, yes, but for those who were sick, meat was usually eaten raw.  Why?  Because raw meat contain valuable enzymes and other trace minerals that our body needs.  When food is eaten raw, it should allow one’s own digestive system to take a rest, because the food itself has it’s own enzymes to digest the food, thus allowing your own system to recover somewhat.  Meat was also dried after smoking it, thus retaining its raw status.  Organs were also eaten, something that we in our society have forgotten.  How many of us would eat tongue, brain, intestines, liver, etc?  And yet there is an entire system of healing called glandular remedies today that will help to rebuild and repair those same organs or glands in your own body.  People with thyroid problems are aware of this kind of healing, since one of the main drugs for thyroid repair contains grandulars to rebuild your thyroid.

karenkay-cover.jpgThe theory in those days long gone was, build a strong system — we know this same premise today as build a strong immune system — and the body can take care of most anything.  For those who needed extra help, or who were injured, there were herbs to fix snake bites (poisonous ones), herbs to help with childbirth or pregnancy, herbs for the stomach, teas for various problems and there was always soup brewing in every tepee, available to anyone for the asking.  Soups?  You might say?  Soups have traditionally nourished thousands upon thousands of generations.  Do you know why your grandmother or great-grandmother used to cook her stews for 24, sometimes 72 hours?  And why she always insisted to make her stews with bones?  Because the nutrients in the meat and in especially the bones are filled with micro-nutrients, some of which haven’t even been studies or discovered.  These nutrients seep out into the broth during the cooking — if you cook it long enough. 

 Of course there are many other home remedies.   MSM for spider and snake bites, goldenseal for cuts, mammary for female problems and the Native American remedy, Black Cohosh for female late life problems, charcoal & honey for sparkling teeth.  So let’s open up the discussion today with home remedies.  I’ve named a few, but I bet you have an entire household full of remedies.  What did your mother, grandmother, father or grandfather teach you?

However, before we go onto this topic, let me do a little plugging for my book, THE LAST WARRIOR, that was just released into bookstores everywhere last week.  Here are some last minute reviews that I thought I’d share with you.

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The Last Warrior is an achingly beautiful love story between a Lakota Indian and an English opera singer.  Black Lion is a man on a mission, a masterful lover with the heart of his namesake, and the pride and integrity that are a part of his upbringing. Ms. Kay offers us a glimpse into Native American tradition and keeps their history alive with her vivid accounts of their beliefs and lore in this novel set during the time of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. The story touched me so deeply that I feel that words are inadequate. My best advice is to read for yourself.

 

And from ROMANCE AT HEART MAGAZINE:

From the mists of time, people have had legends about lost peoples, lost tribes, and lost civilizations. Karen Kay has chosen her topic well, brought forth legend and times when they were honoured. The Last Warrior is an intensely beautiful book, written on a backdrop of the 1890’s west, Karen takes us on a voyage of discovery with a young brave who has values not understood in the white world. Black Lion is led on a quest that leads him not only to Europe, but to the very one he seeks. There, yet unknown at the time, he finds the meaning of love. Too preoccupied to do anything but his job, the revelations come to him alter when he finds a pregnant and very lost Suzette in The Song Bird’s tent. Known for her voice, Irena has followed Bill Hickcock and his show to America, she has her own agenda, her own quest, but when Suzette joins her, and when Black Lion comes into the mix, then the world spins, and thunder rolls, and only the gods can know what might come from the mix.

The Last Warrior has a rich background, a wealth of beautiful scenery, a host of magnetic characters, and a story you will not be able to put down. The tension and attraction that flares between Suzette and Black Lion is riddled with passion and desire. From their first accidental meeting in England when he proposes marriage, to her acceptance of his proposal in her aunt’s tent at the Wild West Show in the US, We are rooting for them both as we learn of the circumstances, of the bond, and of the sacrifices each are willing to make for the other. Only when you finish the book will you understand. This is a book of depth and sensitivity as well as being a wonderful romance. The Last Warrior will make you laugh, cry, and cheer as the terms of the quest are outlined, and the players take their places in the drama to come. Only then does Karen Kay allow the readers to see the possible ending, and even then keeps one on the edge of the seat until the end. The Last Warrior makes room and stands among the books by authors like Madeline Baker, Susan Edwards, and Cassie Edwards. It is out now, available through Amazon from Berkley. Don’t forget to put it on your list before you make the next trip to your local bookstore either. The Last Warrior is a book you will read over and over again, and a great addition to your keeper shelf.

Yours in good reading,

Rose

 From ROMANTIC TIMES MAGAZINE:  4 Stars — Rated at HOT

Kay’s series, about the legendary clans of the mists, concludes with an entertaining love story set against the backdrop of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The unique setting adds to the romantic plot, with its colorful characters and circus atmosphere. Kay creates an ideal finish to her fascinating series.

And from reviewer, Lucele Coutts:

THE LAST WARRIOR Karen Kay

 

            Don’t miss this one!  The Last Warrior is the last and best of this powerful series.  Always vigilant, Karen Kay tells his story in the same caring way, revealing the truth of the native American, who lives so close to nature it is easy to accept and explain the paranormal as part of the every day events in his life..

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Well, that’s it for today.  Again, please do come on in and let’s talk about some of the home remedies I’ve mentioned and some of your own.

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KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the multi-published author of American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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53 thoughts on “Medicine of Old, Native America & Home Remedies I grew up with”

  1. Hi Karen, I’ve been waiting for you, I’m taking your beautiful bookmarks out to the bookstores today. wonderful post on the remedies i found it very interesting about the raw meat and the enzymes. However one thing i’m curious about what exactly is it they smoke in their pipes? just curious. One of my home remedies has been the wet tea bags on the eyes when their swollen it shrinks the swelling I did this alot growing up when dating LOL. Salt in your bath water is good for sore muscles, a drop sweet oil in the ear for earpain , salt water and water to gargle for sore throat I’m sure i’ll think of some others after awhile these are just more common ones. So glad you’re on today!!

  2. I’m sorry Karen I was just excited you’re on today Loved your week of romance of The Last Warrior sounds awesome!!! I’m going to have to get the series it will be my first series i have of Native american reads. I know I probably told you i haven’t been at this very long but have quit the collection so far but yours will be my first collection in this gentry.

  3. Home remedies..hmmm…

    Honey (or warm tea with honey)for a sore throat, or like Lori mentioned- gargling warm salt water. Using oatmeal in the bath for minor skin irritations. Or Epsom salts.

    Rubbing alcohol for sore/aching feet and calves- like if you’ve been on your feet too long…just wet a washcloth with rubbing alcohol and rub it on your feet and legs.

    Cut a potato(or any other veg/fruit with starch) to apply to a light burn to “draw” out the heat. Sugar poured on a cut to slow the bleeding. Vinegar and brown paper for sunburn.

  4. My husband’s grandfather could never get a bee to sting him. No one knew why, one would land on him and he’d even swat it with his bare hand but they would never sting…
    My point
    Grandpa Connealy heard that bee stings would ease arthritis symptoms. So he caught a bee…yes in his bare hand, and rolled it gently around between his fingers until it finally did sting him.
    I don’t know if it helped his aches but it was an old home remedy.
    My brother-in-law takes a tablespoon of vinegar a day for arthritis, he really believes in it. He’s got bad knees from years of jogging five miles a day.
    My mother-in-law, also with bad arthritis, drinks aloe vera juice everyday. She thinks it helps, and she always has a live aloe plant to put on burns or bug bites.

  5. Good morning, Karen. Love your work! I have always learned a lot from writers of Western lore, and you are no exception. 🙂

    When I first began researching and writing about Comanches, I ordered THE INDIANS OF TEXAS, published by the University of Texas Press. It has tidbits of medicine information sprinkled throughout.

    One that particularly caught my eye spoke of menopause, before and after. Before menopause there were a number of restrictions leveled against the women.

    She couldn’t even sleep in her husband’s tipi while menstruating. Had to move back “home” with mom and dad. She didn’t wash her face or hair, couldn’t eat meat. And then of course, afterward she must wash herself thoroughly before returning to her husband’s tipi. If an icy river was the only choice, so be it.

    After a woman passed menopause, she was free of restrictions, and that’s when she could even become a shaman because she was now free to handle sacred objects, and acquire supernatural powers through dreams.

    I don’t know about acquiring supernatural powers, but I sure know how freeing it was for me to leave the annoying likelhood of pregnancy behind. And that’s probably because I had a “surprise” ten years after my first child. And she turned out lovely.

    As for medicine from Grandma’s and Mother’s eras, I don’t recall much of anything except for castor oil. I was disgustingly healthy. The only time I was really sick was a case of dysentary…which baffled the doctor as to how I had gotten it. Never had mumps, measles or chickenpox, and few colds.

    My dad my a butcher, so I ate brains and liver, the latter I hate to this day. And sweet breads. Sweet what? Many of you probably don’t know what that is.

    After I married, the only time I ate liver was when we’d butcher a steer, and one of the kids would bring it in practically still quivering for me to fix for dinner that evening. What was left, I’d slice and freeze. Once frozen, I’d not eat it.

    Tongues we gave to a widow neighbor who liked them. And she had four kids who ate anything. 🙂

    When I was growing up and chicken was served, my mother always preferred the back, the part that goes over the fence last, and also the gizzard.

    So I think organs of all kinds are good for us. Although my doctor now says to stay away from them. But what does he know? I mean, Indians have eaten organs for centuries, and I think they were pretty healthy in their day, and even now.

    In a previous blog I mentioned that my great-grandmother never brushed her teeth, and she lived to be, I think, 96. She used the charcoal from the burnt end of a match stick, and never lost a tooth.

    To answer the question some of you may be pondering… What are sweet breads? Bull’s testicles. 🙂

  6. Me too, Mary LOL!

    I just thought of another…you’ve heard of the hot tea with honey/lemon for sore throat…how about hot tea made out of coughdrops?

    Dissolve about 6 in a cup of hot water, add a tbsp of honey, squeeze of lemon (or a few drops) and a tsp of whiskey…works wonders.

    Or cough syrup made out of whiskey and peppermints….fill a jar with peppermints, pour whiskey over them, let dissolve into a thick syrup, take as needed for cough.

    Now before you all think I’m a drinker, let me assure you, I’m not!

    These tips all come from my MIL who is in her late 80’s and they work!

    PamT

  7. Joyce i hate to even ask you this but curiosity is killing me did your neighbor cook the tongue before she ate it or not?

  8. Oh boy, whiskey! These days, would someone report a mother for using whiskey on a child?

    Way back in the day, I gave drops of whiskey for colic. It worked!

    Even today, I used a teaspoon of honey chased with a teaspoon of lemon juice for a cough. That, too, works.

    Though, thank the good Lord I rarely get sick, Pamela, the next time I have a cough, I’m going to try some of the nifty remedies you mentioned. 🙂

    I’m not a fan of whiskey, either, but I’ve been known to imbibe a vodka and tonic…or two.

  9. Karen, interesting tidbits you shared today! I didn’t know why soups were cooked so long or why raw meat helped sick people. I think I’d probably just die because I couldn’t put any raw meat in my mouth. I did have a dog once that got real sick and I fed her raw liver. Got her well and she lived to a ripe old age. That was my only experience with raw meat and organs.

    I don’t know about most people but my mother and now me always kept a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. It’s good for cuts or small wounds because it bubbles out the infection and helps heal. Also mixed with water, it’s good for mouth ulcers. Cider vinegar is good for indigestion. I’ve always gargled with salt water for sore throat. Rubbing butter on a burn is good. And covering a sunburn with mayonaise takes away the pain, but aloe helps it heal.

    Great reviews for “The Last Warrior!” I’m sure you’re walking on clouds. I can’t wait to read this book. Wishing you lots and lots of success.

  10. Hi Lori!

    Sorr I’ve been long getting to the blog. Compter problems — can’t t pe two letters — it’s m kitten — he was r nning over the comp ter and so now 2 ke’s don’t t pe — so please forgive. Thanks for taking in the bookmarks — so ver m ch appreciated. Goodness — hard when certain ke es don’t t pe. Oka — gotta r n to see if I can get this fixed. : )

  11. Karen, congrats on the fantastic reviews!! Hope the computer problems get fixed fast!

    And thanks for all the interesting reading on those home remedies! I think the main one we did growing up was aloe for cuts and burns–we had a little plant on our porch and we’d go grab a piece when we needed it 🙂

  12. Hi Lori!

    I was headed out the door to the library in order to anwer your blogs, but I’ve figured out how to make it work until I can get it fixed. Deep sigh. Am so glad to welcome you to the family, Lori. Goodness, but I do need to get the computer fixed. Hopefully it won’t take too much to fix it. In the meantime, I so love you, Lori!

  13. Taryn,

    I thought that you might have some remedies that I’d never heard of — and you really do. Deep sigh — it’s hard writing on this computer right now. Have a super day, taryn. : )

  14. Hi Mary!

    Isn’t that interesting about your grandfather? I, too, have an aloe plant for the specific purpose of putting it on cuts and burns and such. I hear that it is also really good internally. Please forgive my short reply — it’s hard doing this on this computer right now.

    Have a super day!

  15. Hi Pamela!

    That’s right — whisky used to be used as well for numbing pain to take out bullets and such. And here’s one I didn’t mention — charcoal and eatable clay for stomach aches. : )

    Thanks for coming on and blogging.

  16. Hi Joyce!

    Wonderful post. Very entertaining, actually. I did know about sweet breads — but I’d had to look it up in the dictionary the first time I ran across it. : ) The Lakota had a similar consideration about women’s periods — most women I know would love to live their lives without them, that’s for certain.

    So sorry that I am not writing more. Hopefully I’ll hear back from the fellow who fixes my computer soon. Have a really super day.

  17. You know, Joyce you being up a good issue — would you even be able to use a remedy like that today? I know it used to work in days of yore. Wonder if you’d get the child protection agency at your door? What times we live in,huh?

  18. Hi Linda!

    Thank you for your sweet post. It’s the y’s and the u’s that have the keys off of them. Goodness. I sure do hope that it can be fixed. Iuse my computer for so much. I’m not sure which is worse, a computer that’s not working or your car.

    Anyway, I wanted to say that nowadays with all th pollution in the air and water and such, liver might not be the organ to eat — I’ve heard that although I don’t know who true it is. But if you were to eat liver from cows that are organically grown and fed — wouldn’t that be better?

    I know I was listening this morning to reports on our water supply and the fact that there are now reported and dangerous levels of perscription drugs found in the water supply. Mixed together, they create quite a risk — our water, for goodness sake. I guess nowadays filtering your water is a must, no longer a thing to do for better health. Did any of you hear this report today?

    Thank you so much, Linda, for your kindness and your grace. It is wonderful to get to know you here on these forums.

    Have a super day!

  19. My Dad told me if you put clorox on poision Ivey it’ll take the itch out. Toothpaste on acne will take the redness out.
    By the way you never said what it could be they put in their peace pipes? LOL

  20. Hi Fedora!

    Thanks so much for coming on and blogging today! Yes, I have an aloe plant, as well. It’s growing in the ground and boy, does it grow well in the wild. We’re always having to cut it back — and it breaks my heart to do it sometimes because it’s such a medicinal plant.

    Have a super day!

  21. I gew up with people putting snuff on wasp stings and also meat tenderizer…pretty gross, but it works!

    people use to always get by with what they had, in today’s society there’s a pill for every problem…i think people were actually healthier without alot of the medicines that are available in this day and age!

    anyway… Karen, Im really looking forward to THE LAST WARRIOR!!!

  22. Karen, congrats on the fabulous reviews! I can’t wait to read Warrior! And as usual, your information is so helpful, as I have a high regard for Native American culture.

    As for home remedies, the honey-lemon tea was a biggie as was salt-water gargling. And it wasn’t a home remedy my dad made or anything, I think it was called Watkins, but it was a big rub of gooey salve that he used for every wound. Until today, I hadn’t thought of it in years.

    So thanks again for a great read and the hobble down memory lane.

    Love,
    ~Tanya

  23. Hi Karen. This has nothing to do with your wonderful post…great information, thanks for the discussion. Not long ago, my cat (Fat Cat and he deserves the name) walked across my keyboard when I was an IM mode and somewhere along the line stepped on send, so “his” message came across to one of my friends! Those dang cats. The worse part, I think she understood what he said! Again, good informative post. Hugs from Texas, Phyliss

    PS: I’m a believer is the ol’ horse ointment “Corona” for everything that hurts, burns, or itches.

  24. Hi Kay,

    As you know I’m Blackfeet and yes I do have remedies. One that I remember the most is when I got a tooth ache and my grandfather (Running Crane) pulled from his pocket a pouch. From this he took out milk root. When I applied it to my tooth ache the pain went away. Also for any kind of ache my grandpa always had white willow bark. This is the main part of asprin. From the pine trees there is a fungis that grows and it is used for infection. We the Blackfeet call it NISHKA.

    All for now,

    Much Love,

    Your sister Patricia Running Crane Devereaux

  25. Karen- on the technical side- the keyboard keys- are they sticking or did you have to pop them off? Did you check to see if the rubbers under them were twisted? (used to work in a factory where we made keyboards). If you have some, use that spray air to blow out any dust or dirt under the keys and check the rubbers and put them back on and see if that helps.) ;o)

    I’ve been hearing about the prescription drugs in the water supplies..some of the news reports were saying it was from people flushing old medications down the toilet, whereas some were saying its from what our bodies flush out when we use the bathroom. Any which way, it’s a SCARY thought that what other people’s bodies aren’t processing is still making its way back into our drinking water…ugh…

  26. My mom used to chop up onion, put a bit of sugar and water with it and boil it for cough medicine.

    Congrats on the great reviews!

  27. Whiskey and honey or whiskey and rock candy for a cough. It does work or you get so stoned you don’t cough anymore. Baking soda for a bee sting. Hot toddies made from whiskey for the monthly cramps. These are all that I can think of right now.

  28. HEy Karen,
    Sorry i am late in responding to this. I for one swear by echinacea tea with honey. I love the taste so that helps when i have to drink it for when i startfeeling like i am coming down with something. Let me tell you…it worked wonders on my husband Grizzly when we were merely friends and he got sick and had a fever. I dropped everything to come in and make him some of that tea andmade him drink it as hot as he could stand it. He had never had anything like thatso it worked very quickly on him. He took it as per my instructions every morning and night till it was gone. I also made him a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup and added extra garlic and some cayenne pepper to it. He was a s right as rain in no time and thanks me for healing him. He considers me his medicine woman…a role i am proud to take. I fully believe in holistic/native medicines. Essiac Tea is an old ojibwe tea made up of many ingredients such as burdock root in it and you use it to help cure cancers….yes cancers. it does work. my stepdad was given this by my mom when diagnosed with mesothelioma and he had a biopsy to prove he had that disease and prior to his death the same dr that diagnosed him stated he could find no trace of the disease in him anymore. She only gave it to him for 2 weeks along with a hot plaster on his chest of mustard and something else that escapes me to help his lymph system drain away the disease. HE in the end got bladder cancer and she once again gave himthe essiac tea….you could see the difference in his urine and the tumor had begun to shrink . so i believe wholeheartedly in natural remedies.

  29. Fascinatig blog today, Karen. It’s amazing how well some home remedies work. Years ago I got stung on the eyelid by a bee–miserable! An old woman told me to grate up a raw potato and hold it against the swelling. It went right down.
    A book that I’ve used again and again for research is A TREASURY OF AMERICAN INDIAN HERBS by Virginia Scully. So much good information.
    Congratulations on the great book reviews.
    Elizabeth

  30. Yes, this is your friend whom we email back and forth. I found your blog very interesting and reminded of some of things my Grandmother used. I use the black colash – Remifen which is herbal and can be bought over the market as it works better for me than hormones. I was having nightmares witht eh hormones but I find the black colash works best.
    My dad used to make our cough medicine when we were growing up using honey, whisky, and I cannot remember what else. But we did not suffer as others with long prolonged coughs all winter. He always warned us not to tell our Grandmother it had whiskey in it or she would not take it. But all cough medicines contain alcohol. It always worked for us.
    Also he used to make some kind of plaster stuff he brewed on stove and we had to put on rags around our necks in winter to avoid colds. We never did have a cold like others. We were healthy.
    I was raised on teas by my Grandmother who was part Cherokee. So even today I still drink a lot of tea.
    In the winter it is a staple here and my girls have learned to love it too. But when sick, I drink even more of it.
    I knew about cooking soups, stews, etc. for longer periods so meat would cook through and my Grandmother had told me. Soup was always a staple in my home and still is. But what you buy in the store has none of the stuff that you get when you make it yourself and simmer it for long periods.
    Glad to see you on here today.

  31. I had someone give me the MAJOR pep talk about Black Cohosh once. I never took it but I did look in a vitamin supplement aisle and there it was.

    Also, not REALLY on this topic. Have you ever heard that a person could DRINK rattlesnake venom and be fine. It’s pure protein (I’m probably remembering this wrong–don’t drink rattlesnake venom, people!) So shot into your skin it’s fatal, but it is not even harmful taken into your mouth.

    Oh, good grief. Do NOT try this at home!!!!!!

  32. after all the remedies you can use whiskey for it’s made me think i need to go get me a bottle to keep on hand for different uses LOL, I’m gonna have to print this out and keep it on hand with all the good sounding remedies on here. I don’t think you have to worry Mary about the rattle snake venom I’m surely not gonna buy into that one.

  33. Hi Lori!

    Let’s see I’m just getting back from the course that I take every evening — you know, different tribes put different things in their pipe — of course tobacco — tobacco was very sacred and it was grown usually by the holy men and the seeds were kept by them, as well. The blackfeet added different barks to their tobacco, I believe and each tribe was different. Their tobacco was different, as well. The tobacco eventually chosen to be grown here was imported — gee, I forget from where — it was Pocohantas’s husband — John Rolfe who did that importing, though I believe. The native American crop did not bring him the finance that he wanted apparently and so he imported the crop. I think that’s right. Anyway Native American tobacco was quite different than what we know of as tobacco today.

  34. Hi Melissa!

    I would have to agree with you on the pill-popping society that we live in. I think people were healthier once upon a time. I know Indians used to live to very grand old ages if they weren’t killed in war. And they would retain their teeth usually and their wits.

  35. Hi Tanya!

    To this day, I use the salt water to gargle with, as well as the lemon and honey. So far — we’ll see if it’s here, but my old trick in the bag when my kids were growing up was garlic — gee, I used it for many things. Anyone else use garlic?

  36. Hello Patricia, my sister!

    For anyone here who doesn’t know, Patricia is very special. She is a member of the Blackfeet tribe in Montana, like a sister to me, and she is very honored amongst her people for her wisdom and her constant striving to help her people. Hi Patricia — thanks for your wonderful comments and experiences. Love you!

  37. It’s 11:30 my time, which means 8:30 on the Pacific Coast, so some are still blogging. I was gone for a good portion of the afternoon (tai chi and other exercises) and just got back to read the blogs. A lot of great remedies. Wonderful topic, Karen. Congrtulations on your new book and the super reviews. Never a doubt that your Indian stories will do well. 🙂
    Cheers to one and all, and thanks for posting some really good stuff that I can use to good advantage.

  38. Hi Taryn,

    The ‘y’ key is half on and half off. the U key is off completely. There’s a rubber thing that I’m hitting to get the u but the key is off completely. Is there a rubber thing that goes with the key as well as the rubber that I’m hitting the key with?

    Hopefully it will be a fix that is easy since the keys still work. I don’t think I can fix them, but am hoping there is someone who can. : )

    Thanks for the post.

  39. Hi Estella!

    That’s one I hadn’t heard — and thanks for your compliments. Good reviews are like a breath of fresh air, right?

    Thanks for the post.

  40. Hi Virginia!

    I remember the baking soda for bee stings, as well. Do any of you remember getting de-wormed when you were young. It used to be something one would have done on one almost every year or so. Don’t even hear about that one anymore. Sounds gross, but I think it was good for you.

  41. Hi Beth!

    Echinacea tea. I also put echinacea and golden seal on cuts and scrapes. For spider bites a solution of MSM and echinacea and golden seal will take down the poison almost at once — only if it’s truly poisonous does it take a few days to go down, but even then, the poison is almost gone. I have heard of the Essiac tea and the compresses. Thanks for bringing that to light. I, too, believe in natural healing and in using foods as healing. I think we take way too many drugs.

    I also think that the levels of drugs found in our water supply was way over the level of simply flushing them down the toliet or peeing them out. I believe that someone(s) is fooling with our water supply. So do filter your water, everyone.

  42. Hi Elizabeth!

    Isn’t it interesting all the different home remedies. A raw potato, huh? I really do believe that Nature has ingredients in pure food and herbs that are as yet undiscovered. And I don’t believe there is a bio-chemist in the world who has the same master hand as the Creator. They may try, much to humanity’s detriment, but in the end, I think it is the bio-chemist who will have to explain himself to his maker. And not all the justification in the world can make a wrong a right.

  43. Hi Jane!

    Nice to see you here on the blog, as well. Jane and I email back and forth almost daily. I’m afraid we are losing the wisdom of our elders in this day and age of speed and instant gratification. It’s one of the reasons I thought it might be good to have a look at home remedies. Our elders had some things on the ball. Interesting about the soups, isn’t it? Yes, the ones you buy in the store are almost all chemicals now and almost all have MSG in it — a slow poison. Better that you make them yourself — there’s nothing quite so satisfying to me as homemade soup.

    Thanks for the comment.

  44. Hi Jane!

    Nice to see you here on the blog, as well. Jane and I email back and forth almost daily. I’m afraid we are losing the wisdom of our elders in this day and age of speed and instant gratification. It’s one of the reasons I thought it might be good to have a look at home remedies. Our elders had some things on the ball. Interesting about the soups, isn’t it? Yes, the ones you buy in the store are almost all chemicals now and almost all have MSG in it — a slow poison. Better that you make them yourself — there’s nothing quite so satisfying to me as homemade soup.

    Thanks for the comment

  45. Hi Joyce!

    Yes, I think I might have to copy these responses. There really are some good remedies, aren’t there? That’s right, it’s still somewhat early on the West Coast.

    Have a super evening.

  46. I had to put this one up because it really, really works. If you have hickups, take a teaspoon of sugar down and they go away like magic.

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