Jeff’s grandmother Mamaw Essie used to gather “tred side” roots and make a necklace for teething babies. Reagen was the last great grandbaby to wear one while she was alive. Aunt Shelly gathered the hollow root. She told me that you find them in cow pastures.
I used “the Google” and found bull nettle. It is pretty and prickly. We had it on our table in a flower arrangement recently. How funny.
We bought this on a recent trip to Cherokee, North Carolina. It brought back many memories for Jeff of old remedies so we started asking around.
We have a lot of Indian heritage on both sides of our family. I thought it would be interesting to share a few “remedies” with you.
I would caution you though, “Do not try this at home” or better yet, don’t blame me. There are plenty of people around here who know better than to take my advice, but I still give it.
These first few come from Jomamie herself:
I love this, I believe if I could catch a chicken that would be a good start:
Cold remedy-wear and eat Vick’s Sav:
And this one makes me really laugh:
All Daddy ever told me was if you had an earache, they would put “pee” in your ear. I remember that was unbelievable to me and when I questioned it, he told me if your ear hurt bad enough you would try anything. Well, I guess so.
He also said earaches and boils or “risens” (we pronounce it around here with a z) were more common back then. He said Aunt Mamie loved to mash them and you hated to let her know you had one.
Jomamie had a remedy for them too:
My Granny Wese made us gargle Worcestershire sauce for a sore throat. ( It worked for me.)
If I come up with any more, I will be happy to share.