Saturday, October 15, 2016

19th Century Medicine - Plantain

This week, I'm going to be posting various medical posts from The Medical Companion: or family physician; treating of the diseases of the United States by James Ewell ©1827

Today's post is on Plantain this is an old herb used for snake bites.

PLANTAIN, Plantago—Has long been employed as an antidote against the bites of snakes, spiders, and other venomous insects. The juice, extracted from tho whole of the plant, is generally given in doses of two table- spoonfuls every hour, or oftener, until the patient is relieved. It is sometimes given in conjunction with horehound or rue. The leaves bruised are considered by some a good application to fresh wounds.

You can read more on this herb by searching Wikipedia

I thought this might be good knowledge to have when our characters are in areas where snake bites can happen. What are some other snake bite remedies that you know of? Post them for everyone else gain from your wisdom.

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