Medicines Archive

Alum

Alum was traditionally used in France as a treatment for chilblains on the hands. A small piece was taken and melted in enough hot water to cover the hands.After the alum was melted, the chilblain-sufferer put in or her hands in the liquid and covered

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Anemia

This was sometimes informally known as bloodlessness and is a condition in which there is a lack of red blood corpuscles, or hemoglobin, caused either by inadequate production of red blood cells or prolonged loss of blood.Traditional cures fro anemia includes nettle tea, which is rich in iron, often sweetened with some honey, or dandelion tea. Alternatively, an infusion of herbs could be taken, the herbs including alfalfa, centaury, dandelion root, rose-hip, watercress and yellow dock, both nettle, and yellow dock being exceptionally high in iron content.Watercress, being rich in iron, was also used as a cure for anemia, as were wheat, carrots, cabbage, onions and apples. Comfrey was also an ancient cure for anemia, and angelica, barberry, fenugreek, fumitory, St. John’s wort and vervain were also used in treatment

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Anemia

This was sometimes informally known as bloodlessness and is a condition in which there is a lack of red blood corpuscles, or hemoglobin, caused either by inadequate production of red blood cells or prolonged loss of blood.Traditional cures fro anemia includes nettle tea, which is rich in iron, often sweetened with some honey, or dandelion tea. Alternatively, an infusion of herbs could be taken, the herbs including alfalfa, centaury, dandelion root, rose-hip, watercress and yellow dock, both nettle, and yellow dock being exceptionally high in iron content.Watercress, being rich in iron, was also used as a cure for anemia, as were wheat, carrots, cabbage, onions and apples. Comfrey was also an ancient cure for anemia, and angelica, barberry, fenugreek, fumitory, St. John’s wort and vervain were also used in treatment

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Anemia

This was sometimes informally known as bloodlessness and is a condition in which there is a lack of red blood corpuscles, or hemoglobin, caused either by inadequate production of red blood cells or prolonged loss of blood.Traditional cures fro anemia includes nettle tea, which is rich in iron, often sweetened with some honey, or dandelion tea. Alternatively, an infusion of herbs could be taken, the herbs including alfalfa, centaury, dandelion root, rose-hip, watercress and yellow dock, both nettle, and yellow dock being exceptionally high in iron content.Watercress, being rich in iron, was also used as a cure for anemia, as were wheat, carrots, cabbage, onions and apples. Comfrey was also an ancient cure for anemia, and angelica, barberry, fenugreek, fumitory, St. John’s wort and vervain were also used in treatment

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Anemone

Another common name is pasqueflower. The whole plant was used in traditional herbal remedies.It was used in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough and respiratory disease generally. Disorders of the digestive system were also treated with

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Angelica

Angelica was once thought to have magical powers. It was thought to have the power to protect anyone using it from the powers of darkness.It is chiefly used in crystallized form in cake decoration, but it was used widely in folk medicine. The roots wer

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Antiseptics

Various herbs were known for their antiseptic powers in folk and herbal medicine. These included avens, costmary, garlic, oak, thyme, violet and woundwort

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