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Mother's Remedies Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of the United States and Canada   By: (1855-)

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Mother's Remedies, authored by Thomas Jefferson Ritter, is an extensive and remarkable compilation of over one thousand tried and tested remedies, contributed by mothers across the United States and Canada. This fascinating book delves into the realm of natural remedies, offering mothers and caregivers a valuable resource to treat various ailments and provide comfort to their loved ones.

Ritter's book is organized in a user-friendly manner, with remedies categorized by different health conditions, making it easy for readers to navigate and find specific solutions. The author's meticulous research and attention to detail are evident throughout, ensuring the credibility and reliability of the remedies shared within its pages.

What sets this book apart from others in the genre is its reliance on anecdotal evidence. Instead of relying solely on medical experts or professionals, Ritter embraces the wisdom of everyday mothers who have successfully utilized alternative remedies for generations. It provides a refreshing perspective, imbued with personal experiences and familial traditions, adding a touch of authenticity to the remedies recommended.

The remedies listed within Mother's Remedies cover a wide range of common health issues, including colds, headaches, sleeplessness, and digestive disorders. With such a breadth of ailments addressed, readers are likely to discover remedies that resonate with their own experiences. Additionally, the book includes practical advice on the preparation and administration of these remedies, making it an all-inclusive guide for mothers seeking natural alternatives to conventional treatments.

An admirable aspect of Ritter's compilation is the emphasis on accessibility. Many of the ingredients and methods mentioned in the book are easily attainable or can be readily prepared in a home setting. This feature not only encourages readers to take charge of their family's well-being but also promotes sustainability, reducing reliance on pharmaceutical options that may have unwanted side effects.

However, it is important to note that while Mother's Remedies is a treasure trove of folk wisdom and traditional cures, it is crucial to consult medical professionals for serious or persistent health concerns. While the remedies presented have been proven effective by numerous mothers, they may not always be suitable or meet current medical standards.

In essence, Mother's Remedies is an invaluable addition to any home library, serving as a comprehensive guide to time-tested, alternative treatments for a myriad of common ailments. Ritter's meticulous curation of remedies, combined with personal accounts from mothers, instills a sense of trust and confidence in its readers. For those seeking natural solutions to everyday health concerns, this book is an excellent resource that empowers caregivers to take their family's well-being into their own hands.

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[Transcriber's Notes]

Some of the suggestions in this book may be helpful or at least have a placebo effect. Beware of the many recipes that include kerosene (coal oil), turpentine, ammonium chloride, lead, lye (sodium hydroxide), strychnine, arsenic, mercury, creosote, sodium phosphate, opium, cocaine and other illegal, poisonous or corrosive items. Many recipes do not specify if it is to be taken internally or topically (on the skin). There is an extreme preoccupation with poultices (applied to the skin, 324 references) and "keeping the bowels open" (1498 references, including related terms).

I view this material as a window into the terror endured by mothers and family members when a child or adult took ill. The doctors available (if you could afford one) could offer little more than this book. The guilt of failing to cure the child was probably easier to endure than the helplessness of doing nothing.

There are many recipes for foods I fondly remember eating as a child.

Note the many recipes for a single serving that involve lengthy and labor intensive preparation. Refrigeration was uncommon and the temperature of iceboxes was well above freezing, so food had to be consumed quickly.

Many recipes use uncooked meat and eggs that can lead to several diseases.

Obvious typographical errors have been corrected but contemporary spelling and usage are unchanged... Continue reading book >>

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