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During this time of year coldness begets sickness, people snuggle closer-perhaps creating more opportunity for germs.Winter's nipping at our nose and the kids are feeling a malaise. Treating cold symptoms in the 18th century were not all the stuff of crazed ideas.
Treating a fever with willow bark to make the pain ease, and to calm the sufferer was usually accomplished with a tea. But first you have to harvest it. Typically, that involved stripping the bark off of the tree and then you steep that bark. The bark is supposed to be harvested in the springtime.
A cough was treated with licorice drops and hot chocolate made with spices. Garlic was used as an expectorant and marshmallow roots were also used to sooth coughs and colds.
Where did you go to get these recipes? A cookbook of course, and if you look at them you will see the recipes right in the last few pages of the book. Outlander of course is my favorite show right now and books. I've written about it. But as far as 18th century medicine goes, this a great scene on an amputation.
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