· In Russia, warm soil healed infectious wounds.
· In 150 BC Sri Lanka, soldiers prepared for war by cooking oil cakes for days and preparing poultices made from the cakes for battle injuries.
· In 1600s Poland, wet bread mixed with cob webs was applied to wounds.
· In 1640, the King’s Herbarian, John Parkinson, records the benefits of using mould in medicine.
· In 1870 United Kingdom, the founder of St. Mary’s Hospital, Sir John Scott Burdon-Sanderson, discovers mould produces no bacteria.
· In 1871, Joseph Lister, an English surgeon tests contaminated mould urine samples, describing the action on human tissue as Penicillium glaucum, for the first time.
· In 1874, William Roberts studies moulds for bacterial contamination and notes bacteria is absent in Penicillium glaucum cultures.
· In 1875, John Tyndall demonstrates Burdon-Sanderson’s Penicillium fungus’s antibacterial action to the Royal Society.
· In 1923, Scottish biologist Sir Alexander Fleming cultivates mould and names the resulting culture, penicillin.
· Catch a cold? Poor dearie. What you need is a drought of boiling water over a handful of herbs and swallowed while hot. If that doesn’t work, you could also bath your feet in mustard water and drink boiled cider or whisky with hot water and sugar. Elder tea made from dried elder flowers or leaves might do you good. Or drink juice from turnip slices with sugar in between.
· Feverish? You need elderflower.
· Got a cough? Find some Horehound.
· Queasy, sick to your stomach? Chamomile and elder tea will purge what ails you.
· Whooping Cough cramping your style? Slice an onion and layer it in a basin, alternately with brown sugar. Allow mixture to stand overnight. Just 2 tsps. of this syrup 3-4 times a day will chase your cough away. Children, sick with whooping cough, should run with sheep or tie a muslin bag full of spiders around their necks to ward off coughing spells.
· Not getting enough Vitamin C? Treat your scurvy with extra burdock burs.
· Aches and pains got you down? Use an ointment of mallow for your inflammations.
· A south-westerly wind too breezy? Earaches are best remedied by applying a piece of cooked onion in a stocking to the affected ear.
· Never underestimate the supernatural power of poultices.
· Having trouble breathing? Treat your pneumonia with hot fomentations.
· Don’t underestimate the power of a dead man’s tooth. Carry this infallible charm in your pocket.
· Colic a problem? Stand on your head for fifteen minutes.
· Can’t believe you ate the whole thing? If heartburn has gotten you down, use this cure of drying and powdering black spiders.
· It ain’t over until the sick woman sings. Cut a live pigeon in half and lay the bleeding parts at her feet.
· Bubble, bubble, boils are trouble. To cure a boil, creep on your hands and knees beneath a bramble grown into the ground at both ends. If that doesn’t work, you can always bore a hole in a nutmeg and tie it round your neck then nibble, nine mornings fasting.
· Find an unusual lump? Place the hand of a man who committed suicide on your tumor and it will go away.
· Bleeding much? Apply a church key to the wound to stop bleeding or use cobwebs.
· Can’t breathe? Here’s a cure sure to ease your asthmatic symptoms. Roll spider webs into a ball and swallow them.
· Got tuberculosis? This is very important. Take a spoonful of earth from the grave of a newly interred virgin, dissolve in water, and drink, fasting to cure decline.
· Shingles a problem? Take blood drawn from a cat’s tail and smear it over the affected area.
· Can’t stop bleeding? Draw a sign of the cross on wood, stone, or metal and bind over the wound, whether you be man or beast. And if your nose is bleeding, drop a key down your back.
· Stye in the eye? Stroke the eye nine times with a wedding ring or a Tom cat’s tail.
· Can’t get rid of your hiccups? Spit on the forefinger of your right hand and cross the front of the left shoe three times saying the Lord’s Prayer backwards. Scaring the affected person also helps.