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From Heather E. Chapman
Does anyone know what there is about the mustard that worked? It was used for so many things, wasn't it? Also had to wear those mustard plasters on our chests when we had a bad chest cold - something I'm sure everyone else here remembers as well. I don't know if these were traditional German remedies or not, though.
From Rodney A. Metzler
Also, we had a practice of when we got sort of upset or had a funny feeling in our stomachs, as kids, from too much horseplay or other excitement, my Grandma and my Mom used to say our "navels" had popped out and had to be pulled back in. They would make us lie down on our stomachs, and carefully pull the skin directly behind our navels in a sort of popping fashion. We then had to lie very still for a half an hour curled up in a ball on our sides. Worked every time.
My navel hardly ever pops out any more. Think the cure was permanent?
The juice of cooked cherries was a great way to clear out a bad stomach and eating a peach with the fuzz still on it always cured constipation. I could go on...we lived on a grape farm, made raisens and wine.
From Allyn Brosz
From Elliot R. Dreger
I later looked this up in an encyclopedia of herbs and found the English name: yarrow. Its flower looks somewhat like wild carrot or the Queen Anne's Lace plant. It grows in southern Wisconsin and probably all of the American Upper Midwest.
From Mary Hill
Could you have gotten some other stuff in with your flowers? Camomile can be very tedious to harvest and all the short-cuts allow room for foreign matter to stray into your herb.
Could your Sweetwood be Sassafras? Pieces of sassafras root were used like you describe when I was a child.
You only use about a teaspoon full of the flowers and you steep about 15 minutes (or until it smells right. Use your judgement.)
Good luck with the herbs....
From Vera Beljakova-Miller
I mean, for example, my Oma used onion skins to get rid of warts.
What do you think of this?
Heile heile saeege,
drei Daag Raeege
drei Daag Schnee
tuet's em Chindli nuemme weeh...
Heile Heile Segen
Heile Heile Segen
Drei Tage Regen
Drei Tage Schnee
Tut 's dem Kindlein nimmer (or nicht mehr) weh
Heal, heal blessing
Three days of rain
Three days of snow
Then it won't hurt (the child) any more.
Heile, Heile Katzendreck
Morgen frueh is Alles weck!