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Healers and Healing

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323344
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs

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Title Healers and Healing
Description Anne, too, was a healer of sorts, though most of her healing was done through the use of herbs and readily available ingredients. She relied on such old standbys as castor oil and cod liver oil. Castor oil was given to the children when they got sick. Through bribery and cajolery they were usually won over to taking the foul-smelling/foul-tasting stuff. But it often didn't do the patient much good; it came back up before it got down. "Scott's Emulsion" was not a favorite reniedy as far as Anne's children were concerned either, though today there is a rebirth in the use of cod liver oil as a remedy for arthritis and other ailments. It may be purchased in a variety of flavors, not the "horrible-tasting stuff" Anne's children took. A more appealing remedy was "onion syrup." Whenever a familv member had a cold, Anne got a large onion, sliced it into a bowl, and sprinkled a little sugar over it. Uhen set on the warming oven for several days, a syrup formed: juice from the onion mixed with the sugar. Though this was a remedy used by many early settlers in Utah, there are those today who have never heard of it. Lung colds and pneumonia had one thing in common: Anne always made mustard plasters to treat them. perhaps a bit of sugar, was spread on a cloth, topped with another cloth, and placed either on the chest or the back of the patient. Oil was first rubbed on the skin to keep it from blistering, When Anne's son, Willis,9 was battling pneumonia in 1934--the year before the first "miracle drugs" made pneumonia just a "bad cold"--Anne knew her mustard plaster would cure him. Although she felt the doctor silently laughed at her for wanting to use a mustard plaster, she didn't feel the doctor was any raore knowledgeable than she. Anne certainly wasn't the only resident of Tit. Pleasant to believe in mustard plasters for illnesses involving the lungs. Perhaps the most unusual remedy used by the Wilcox family was angleworm oil. T-Then Anne, being ~ courted by her soon-to-be-husband, Miel M. Madsen, attended a celebration at the opera house in 60
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323262
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs/323262