Monday’s post was an explanation about taproots. While this topic does seem a deviation from my normal posts, this topic follows a book I am reading and an interest I have held for some time: Healing Secrets of the Native Americans by Porter Shimer.
What did Native Americans use to battle illnesses that afflict all mankind? What about headaches, infected injuries, liver ailments? Kidney stones? Bad breath? Cancer?
With a strong understanding of the plants and their medicinal advantages, early man were beyond Old World methods, some of which including bleeding the patient to remove the “evil humours”.
In 1916, my grandmother, Amy Nichols, was studying to become a pharmacist. While I could not take her huge volumes of her studies, I did receive a book on botany that would prepare her to study the natural healing characteristics of plants.
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The book? Gray’s school and Field Biology by Asa Gray, published in 1887.
Well, now. This book is as boring and dry as the pages upon which the information is printed.
It is WHAT was found within the pages of the tome that surprised me.
That will be posted…later. It has changed my entire view of Amy Nichols and her sister Pearl.