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Friday, August 16, 2013

Hints in Regard to Health and Well Being

The Thrifty Garden/Home actually started out as my home building blog (This/New House) in 2006.  After the building process was complete, gears were changed to include learning how to live more frugally thru gardening, home cooking and managing our household on one income.

Today I'm taking the blog in another direction as I've run out of frugal living tips but have much to share about old time wisdom I have come across in many written accounts in various cook books published in the 18th and 19th centuries.  In times before modern health care, many a homemaker was the first responder to her family's well being both preventative and hands on.  With the advent of the industrial revolution, women going off into the work force, duel incomes, etc. the important tasks of the homemaker were neglected.  When at one time knowledge to ward off illness was life or death wisdom that was commonly carried across the prairies with the pioneers, in today's world such information has been forgotten leaving people to rely solely on 'modern' medicine.

It seems that western medicine has taken on the roll of sick care, instead of health care.  What I'm about to share is a bit of folk wisdom, grandma's remedies and old time common sense knowledge minus the avarice of modern insurance plans that place profits ahead of a patient's well being. Let's learn how to stay healthy together.

Disclaimer:  I am not a medical doctor and, therefore, am not giving medical advice.  Simply, I'm relaying some older generational remedies to mostly prevent sickness and bodily harm. 

"An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure"

by:  Benjamin Franklin, American Statesman and Inventor
1706 ~ 1790

The current readings are selected from the book, The Original White House Cookbook, 1887 edition
(I will often quote word for word as such books are well past the 100 year copyright date and beg to be shared)

From page 494, Hints in Regard to Health:  

     "It is plainly seen by an inquiring mind that, aside from the selection and preparation of food, there are many little things constantly arising in the experience of every-day life which, in the combined effect, are powerful agents in the formation (or prevention) of perfect health.  A careful observance of these little occurrences, an inquiry into the philosophy attending them, lies within the province, and indeed should be considered among the highest duties, of every housekeeper.
     That one should be cautious about entering a sick room in a state of perspiration, as the moment you become cool your pores absorb.  Do not approach contagious diseases with an empty stomach, nor sit between the sick and the fire (heater) because the heat attracts the vapor."

Simple put .. we are to not only know the importance of proper food preparation AND how to observe and know properly how to attend to a sick family member without greatly risking our own health.  We will learn much more on the importance of temperature control in rooms and the ill effects to our bodies.
Stay tuned ... 


Sandy said...

Mrs. Mac,

Good to see you, how is the family?

Now that is very interesting. You have me intrigued......I'm staying tuned!

Deb said...

Absorbing bacteria and viruses through the pores in the skin....interesting. I believe that the skin is an effective barrier against such things. :) Broken skin, on the other hand...not so much. :) Interested to hear more.

Mrs. Mac said...

Hi Sandy .. the family is fine ..thanks for asking.

Deb .. well .. I stand corrected. The correlation of body temperature and regulation was of great importance as cause and effect of illness was observed without great knowledge of germs.

Kathryn said...

Looking forward to reading on the new direction. :)

Kim Gibson said...

You have my attention. I am so excited about the new direction you are taking with your blog! Can't wait!

ElderberryWine4u said...

Hey, Mrs. Mac, your new direction sounds great! The first thing I thought of was the old Red Cross course that used to be taught to senior girls in highschool called "Home Nursing and Mother and Baby Care." I'll have to check my book shelves to see if I still a copy of the manual. I have yet to meet anyone else who took that course in school, but the skills taught served me VERY well after my disabled children were born.

Mrs. Mac said...

Well .. I'm not sure about how new the direction is .. because much of it may be outdated info. But, nonetheless .. it is a trip down memory lane .. perhaps of our parents and grandparents era.

Thanks for stopping by Kim .. and ElderberryWine4u .. I wonder if this is something I would have taken in high school .. mid 1970's? Or something similar. Would love to know if you find the book.

Anonymous said...

hello there from the UK Mrs Mac

thank you for the post about a new direction for your blog but don't forget we still enjoy hearing about your every day life and activities. Its the small details about your every day experiences and your frugal living tips etc that are so fascinating and a great way of myself in the UK for example to experience someones life in the USA!. Long may your blog continue.
Helen UK
ps I love the photos too, you live in such an amazing part of the Country.

Lynn said...

This surely sounds like an interesting and fun twist for all of us.

PS you look like your Mother. :-)