Even as a relatively young nation, the United States offers a rich tradition of folk remedies passed down through the generations. The immigrant history of the nation created a melting pot of cultures that certainly included the medicino-cultural traditions emigres brought from their homelands.
Likewise, the frontier tradition that shaped the nation forced an enormous level of self-reliance in caring for the sick and injured as in all aspects of life for farmers and adventurers at the edge of the country’s expansion. Of course, those travelers were expanding against existing Native American nations with deep knowledge of alternative and holistic treatments specific to the regional herbs and other natural therapeutics as well.
In these days, grandparents especially seem to have a few clever home remedies to pass along when grandchildren are sick and in pain. Earth Clinic won’t let that ancestral knowledge pass away. Won’t you help us collect and share America’s folk medicine tradition?