Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fun Fact Saturday: Medieval Folk Remedies


Medieval folk remedies were used to treat illness, cast out or ward off evil and ensure good crops. Folk remedies included stuffing mattresses and pillows with herbs, laying herbs on the body, making herbal infusions for external use and herbal teas for internal use. Medieval folk remedies extended beyond the use of herbs and also included superstition and using animal urine and excrement.

Outlander (2014-)
Angelica, or wild celery, was used as a remedy for coughs. Angelica leaves were made into necklaces and worn to ward off illnesses and to protect against witchcraft. In medieval times it was believed that angelica was the only herb not used by witches. Growing angelica in the garden or keeping angelica in the home was considered a defense for a woman suspected of being a witch.

Anise, a licorice-flavored herb, was used as a treatment for hiccups, headaches, asthma, insomnia, lice, nausea and infant colic. Anise was also used for bad breath and as a perfume.

Blackberry was used to treat gout, bleeding gums, burns and dysentery.

Buckthorn
was used to treat jaundice, hemorrhoids, gout and arthritis. Buckhorn was also used as a laxative.

Burdock was used to treat leprosy, tumors, skin infections, ringworm and fever.

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in Outlander (2014-)
During medieval times, it was believed that wearing buttercups in a bag around the neck would cure insanity. Buttercups were also used to treat jaundice.

Caraway was used to treat indigestion, gas and infant colic.

Cinnamonwas used to treat colds and the flu.

Coltsfoot was a remedy for asthma, coughs, shortness of breath, fever and inflammation.  

Comfreywas used as a remedy for broken bones. In medieval times, different cultures used comfrey to heal broken bones in different ways. Some cultures boiled comfrey and crushed it into a paste, soaked cloths in the comfrey paste and wrapped the affected area with the comfrey-soaked cloth. Some cultures boiled or heated comfrey and placed the warmed plant on the affected area. Comfrey was also made into teas. In Lithuania, comfrey was made into an infusion or tea and drank to treat broken bones. Comfrey tea was used to treat lung and gastrointestinal ailments and disorders.

Caitriona Blafe as Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser
Outlander (2014-)
Dill was used as a digestive aid.  

Eel skin tied around the knees was believed to be a treatment for cramps. 

A toothache treatment in medieval times was to touch the tooth of a dead man. In Lithuania, it was believed that a wart could be treated by rubbing the wart with the fingers of the dead.  

Garlic and mustard were used to ward off the plague. 

Goose Droppings were used to treat baldness. To treat, goose droppings was applied to the bald spots.

Heather
was a headache remedy. To treat a headache with heather, the herb was boiled in water and applied directly onto the head.
 

Tristan and Isolde (2006)
During medieval times, mint had any uses. Mint was used to treat gout. It was also used to calm the nerves and as a digestive aid. In addition, mint was used for bad breath.

Rosemary was a remedy for gout and dandruff.

Saffron was used to treat jaundice and insomnia.

Sage was used as a cure-all during medieval times. Wet sage was used as bandages. Sage-infused vinegars were used as disinfectants. Sage was also used to treat snakebite, epilepsy, intestinal worms and lung and chest ailments.

St. John's Wort was a treatment for snakebite. It was believed that the herb could drive away evil spirits. On St. John’s Eve, Christians would have bonfires, burning St. John’s Wort to ward off evil spirits and ensure healthy crops.St. John's Wort was also used to treat fevers.

Thyme was used to treat depression. As with other herbs historically used to treat depression, mattresses were often stuffed with thyme as a remedy for depression. Thyme was also used to treat coughs, intestinal worms and digestive disorders.

Yarrow was used to treat jaundice, inflammation, bleeding and as a mild sedative.

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BuckthornBuckthorn was used to treat jaundice, hemorrhoids, gout and arthritis. Buckhorn was also used as a laxative.


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Medieval folk remedies were used to treat illness, cast out or ward off evil and ensure good crops. Folk remedies included stuffing mattresses and pillows with herbs, laying herbs on the body, making herbal infusions for external use and herbal teas for internal use. Medieval folk remedies extended beyond the use of herbs and also included superstition and using animal urine and excrement.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/list_6878569_medieval-folk-remedies.html
Medieval folk remedies were used to treat illness, cast out or ward off evil and ensure good crops. Folk remedies included stuffing mattresses and pillows with herbs, laying herbs on the body, making herbal infusions for external use and herbal teas for internal use. Medieval folk remedies extended beyond the use of herbs and also included superstition and using animal urine and excrement.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/list_6878569_medieval-folk-remedies.html

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