During this age of internet, researching ailments is easy, and emergency rooms are open to all, but it may be surprising to discover a renewed interest in old remedies partially in an effort to bypass the many drugs that are prescribed “willy-nilly” (an old term meaning “haphazardly”).
When people over 60 discuss the medical treatments of their youth, they may share how, when cold or flu-like symptoms presented themselves, mothers and grandmothers made them swallow a dollop of Vick’s VapoRub Ointment regardless that the directions on the jar say not to take internally or it was crammed up stuffy nostrils and slathered on heated flannel cloths to make smelly chest compresses. It was easy to tell which smelly kids on the school bus were taking a Vick’s cure. Vick’s was also credited with curing rashes.
Also, Truman Miers remembers how bark from Red (not White) Oak trees was boiled, strained and the syrup was poured over a spoon of sugar to treat sore throat and colds. He recalled that his grandma used spider webs to treat wounds, and how they cut bark off of what was known as Toothache trees to chew to numb tooth pain.
My mother and aunt, both in their late 80’s, remembered how they would go to the creek bed and dig plants to make herbal necklaces for their siblings when my grandma would give birth to a new baby. They couldn’t remember the name of the plant or what it was for but 99-year-old Sylvia Evans Brown does remember. She is a lifelong resident of the Toro/Rattan area in Sabine Parish where my grandparents raised their nine children. A childless widow who lives alone, Ms. Sylvia is proud that she can do her own housework and cooking, and she reads, works puzzles, quilts and crochets to keep her mind active.
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Take Salad Season to the Next Level
Warmer months typically call for lighter bites, and one of the first things that comes to mind for many is a fresh and flavorful salad. While a salad is a quick and easy way to up your veggie intake and get food on the table in next to no time, the same formula over and over again can make mealtimes feel mundane. To take your salads to the next level, think of those greens as a blank slate for creativity and look beyond the bowl for elements that can help create new, satisfying meals. Find more ideas to elevate salad season at freshexpress.com.
Turning 80, Hollywood Beauty Diane McBain Tackles New Career
STRESSED TO THE MAX?
Experts and Regular Folks Weigh in with Tips for Reducing Stress
Summer is Here. Are you Ready?
From the Bench
I Want My Truck Back!
Laws of the Land
Eggs: Are They Good or Bad for Me?
Eat Well Live Well
4 Remarkable Medicinal Uses for Baking Soda
History du Jour
D. D. Bazer: Town Tamer
Hank Garrett: ‘Car 54’ and Beyond
Retirement Brings With It Extra Time
Make The Best Of It
More Than the Vote
The suffragists’ struggle produced undaunted trailblazers, Black and white, who continued to pursue social reform.
MINDFULNESS IN DIFFICULT TIMES
We interviewed SHARON SALZBERG for this issue (see page 70) to honor her remarkable career. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind as we went to print, she graciously allowed us to share an adapted excerpt from Real Happiness.
WINTER AT 66° N
AN ORDINARY BOAT CAN ENABLE EXTRAORDINARY THINGS.SKIER AND SAILOR JUHO KARHU HAS SPENT TWO WINTERS IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE ON BOARD HIS BENETEAU IDYLLE.
Japanese Borscht A Film By Eric Rivas
Eric Rivas’ remake of his cult-classic film, “Japanese Borscht,” premieres in New York City at Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave) on October 5 at 8 pm.
HARPER TURNS ONE! ...but where was Karl?
The Today host appeared to be absent from the big occasion
Sylvia Jeffreys Beautiful Chaos
As she prepares to become a mother to two boys under the age of two, Sylvia Jeffreys tells Tiffany Dunk why she’s never been happier, both in life and in her marriage.
Sylica Plath Dentro de la campana de cristal
Fue una genial poetisa y novelista estadounidense, apasionada y frágil, que sufrió la mayor parte de su vida intensas depresiones y terminó suicidándose a los 30 años de edad. A ella se le acredita el avance del género de la poesía confesional. Poco antes de su muerte escribió la novela semiautobiográfica La campana de cristal. Recibió el premio Pulitzer póstumo por su colección de poemas.
PALABRAS HILANDERAS TEJIENDO VIDA Y LITERATURA
La vida y la literatura se entrelazan formando hilos casi invisibles pero perfectamente tejidos. Casi siempre ocurre que la ficción necesita de las personas reales para conformar ese sueño infinito y mágico, y que nosotros, los seres humanos, nos anclamos a la palabra escrita en busca de un asidero. Con el objetivo de sujetarnos al mundo e intercambiar sinergias entre la literatura y la realidad nace la colección «Palabras hilanderas», de la mano de Huso Editorial y que dirige Marifé Santiago Bolaños.
This Is an UPRISING
When it comes to whiteness and privilege in America, there are no innocent bystanders
From Riots To Recognition: Celebrate Stonewall Day With Geena Rocero
Our August 2019 Playmate joins the team behind Stone wall Day to honor LGBTQ progress, advocate on behalf of marginalized individuals and salute the trans activists who made history in 1969