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Folk Remedies
Around the world


As people from around the world, have different cultures, and are from different time frames in our past and present, many have used herbs, plants and other remedies in what I class as Folk Remedies. Being a Herbologist myself, I love studying herbs and plants, and I enjoy researching them and their various attributes. I thrive on discovering the many vast applications that all the old folk healers believed in and the way they practiced their treatments. On this page you will find out about the different applications of various herbs in different cultures.



In Zaire formerly called the Congo, the natives used to burn the wood of white mangrove and mix the resulting ash with fresh salt water to make a poultice for use on treating boils.


For centuries the Romany people, sometimes called Gypsies, had used a cold decoction of burdock as a poultice to draw boils.


Since the Middle Ages a poultice of crushed elderberries has been a popular European treatment for burns.


In England, Pot Marigold was used to help soften and heal hangnails and to soothe and heal cracked, sore skin on your hands and feet.


In Mexico folk healers recommended putting a thin film of cocoa butter on chapped lips.


In the twelfth century the German abbess and herbalist Hildegard of Bingen recommended drinking an infusion of cinnamon to treat a cold.


For thousands of years Egyptian folk healers massaged the stomach with sesame seed oil to relieve constipation.


The Maori knew the value of the native flax and they used it in a variety of ways against a range of ailments. To stop bleeding from cuts and scrapes. They also used kanono leaves to treat cuts and scrapes.


American folk healers recommended drinking an infusion of evening primrose to chase away the blues.


India's traditional physicians recommended diabetics drink an infusion of jambul seeds.


The Dutch, who appropriated this remedy from indigenous South Africans, called the plant 'rabassum'. A milk decoction was the preferred preparation, and was used for diarrhoea during the Boer War.


Australian Aborigines used the leaves of the eucalypt in boiling water for the fresh, resinous scent that has a cleansing and invigorating effect on the body and spirit.


The Native American Choctaw tribe drank a decoction of bayberry to reduce fever.