PART 1 - HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
Chapter 1 - Growing Up Amish During the Great Depression
PART 2 - LIVING COMFORTABLY ON NEXT TO NOTHING
Chapter 2 - Running a Household on Next to Nothing
Chapter 3 - Memories of Grandmother's Pantry
Chapter 4 - Food for Free or Next to Nothing
Chapter 5 - The Little Niceties
PART 3 - AUNT JEMIMA'S PLASTER AND OTHER HOME REMEDIES
Chapter 6 - The Healing Power of Simple Things
Chapter 7 - The Herbal Medicine Chest
Chapter 8 - The Curative Power of Ordinary Foods
Chapter 9 - General Tonics
Chapter 10 - Poultices, Plasters, and Salves
Chapter 11 - Remedies for Specific Ills
Chapter 12 - Animal Ailments and Their Care
PART 4 - HAPPY ENDINGS
Chapter 13 - Amish Folk Wisdom and Humor
Excerpt From Chapter 10.
Poultices, Plasters, and Salves
Poultices, plasters, and salves were used primarily for drawing out pain, curing sores, and healing wounds of all types, lessening the itch of poison ivy and curing chest colds, the croup and pneumonia.
A home remedy we used as I was growing up and also while raising my own children was a poultice of hot milk and home-made bread, which, on occasion, was sprinkled with black pepper. This was such a common, everyday cure, yet it never failed to bring things to a head or clean out a deep puncture wound if put on when going to bed. Usually by midnight it had to come off as it was drawing so painfully. I once stepped on a nail that went through my shoe sole into my foot, pushing dirt and bits of stocking in with it. I applied the poultice when I went to bed and woke up about midnight with a throbbing foot. I took the poultice off and pulled the wound apart and a squirt of pus and bits of dirt came out. So I put it back on for the rest of the night and by morning it was hardly sore anymore.
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