Odd Scraps for the Economical

America Frugal Housewife

Poke-root, boiled in water and mixed with a good quantity of molasses, set about the kitchen, the pantry, in large deep plates, will kill cockroaches in great numbers, and finally rid the house of them. The Indians say that poke-root boiled into a soft poultice is the cure for the bite of a snake. I have heard of a fine horse saved by it.

…presented to you from The American Frugal Housewife – Dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy, by Mrs. Child…


3 Responses to Odd Scraps for the Economical

  1. Tricia says:

    Um, what’s poke root?

  2. Emilie says:

    Does it also work on slugs? ‘Cause we could use that…

  3. Jennifer says:

    Tricia: for more info go here:http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/pokeroot.php

    If it makes you feel better I had to look it up too 😀

    Poke Root

    Poke is a visually attractive 8 to 10 foot (250-300 cm) perennial with dark green leaves, purple stems, and bright red to bluish-black berries. This common understory tree is native to the temperate regions of the United States east of the Mississippi. Poke was a common herbal remedy long before Europeans settled North America. The Mohegan Indians used a poultice of mashed pokeberries to relieve breast pain. The Delaware Indians reportedly used the pokeroot teas and poultices to relieve the joint pain. During the first half of the nineteenth century, American physicians promoted pokeroot as a topical treatment for cancer, applied to areas of the skin where cancer was visible. A poultice of root or compress of its tincture was used to treat inflammations and cancer.

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