This is a book that makes you glad you live now and appreciate the marvels of modern medicine. If you had a cough in ancient China, you may have tried caterpillar fungus or frog soup in sixteenth century England. If you were a Native American, however, and boiled and drank cherry bark, it would have helped your cough and made you feel better. Why? The bark contains hydrocyanic acid which is still found in most cough remedies. What would you do for a cold? Puke weed from sixteenth century England, Skunk Oil from early twentieth century America, or Chicken Soup from medieval Europe? Easy one, right, we all know the benefits of chicken soup improving that stuffy feeling by improving the movement of mucus. Find out more about the benefits of spider webs, maggots and dirt and why they helped humans heal in this colorful, fun to read book.
P.S. Don't use earthworms, millipedes, leeches or mummy powder.
Awards nominated: 2014 Bluestem Award Nominee
Date read: 4/23/2013