Re: Kentucky (was questions...)
- Ah...The persecution of the "Old Wives". Those would be the "Quacks"
that originated the usage of Black willow to ease the pain of
headaches and loadstones to help with blood flow and other
such "nonsense", if I am correct.
Modern medical practitioners know about medicines, but have no idea
where the chemicals come from that make up those drugs. They do not
realise that most drugs were obtained through the study of leaves,
minerals and tinctures used by folk healers through the ages.
The foxfire books are based on old mountain lore, but have excellent
sections on herbs and healing practices along with information on
how to grow and cultivate them. Also, they give the "old names" for
many of the herbs, which have helped me immensly in translating old
remedies and recipes.
--- In SCA-Herbalist@yahoogroups.com, Anwen Dutson
>doing so. A very dear friend of mine (my ex's first cousin and a
> The teacher who wrote the Foxfire books did a wonderful thing in
resident of Neon, KY) begged me for natural remedies to help her
overactive thyroid (she had been diagnosed and medicated for Graves
disease a few years earlier). Even when I receive my diploma in
herbal medicine, I still wouldn't be qualified to do so and told her
that she needed to go to a naturopath. She told me that they didn't
have any in her part of the country (nor any chiroprators or
acupuncturists) - which I found to be close to the truth. The
nearest was about 125 miles away in Lexington, and another all the
way over in Virginia Beach, VA.
>(mostly women) who did the healing eventually grew old and died with
> These people desperately need healers like us as the people
the younger people relying more on contemporary medical personnel
who told them the old ones were quacks and old wives. Whether it is
true or not, I was also told that the church (fundimentalists or
whoever) discouraged their followers from using a healer as they
were considered akin to witches and therefore in league with the
>apprenticeship) to consider that area of the country to practice in.
> I would encourage anyone who is a schooled herbalist (college or
I'd go just to be closer to my son and his family, but those folks
have a bad attitude about my politics and my religion. <grin>
> Grannee Annie
- Does she know any Bentleys or Flemmings? That would be my son's family lines.Grannee
Stephanie Ross <hlaislinn@...> wrote:
How weird is that? My mom's family came from Letcher County too - Blackey,
near Whitesburg. We were Dunn, Bach (Back), Ison, Stamper.... I have never
been there but there is still a Dunn Cemetery in or near Blackey.
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