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The All-Natural ‘Flu Shot’ The Pioneers Used

Monday, November 28, 2016 5:11
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The All-Natural ‘Flu Shot’ The Pioneers Used

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Chances are that you have used camphor numerous times in your life — but didn’t even know it. It is used in over-the-counter medicines and even some food products, but long before that it was used by our ancestors, who took advantage of the dried leaves, bark and wood to heal everything from coughs to minor cuts.

Let’s take a look at camphor and how it was used — and whether you can grow a beautiful camphor tree of your own.

The Many Uses For Camphor

Today, camphor is obtained by distilling the leaves of the camphor tree. However, the pioneers did not have the equipment for this endeavor, and so they relied on wood which was brought to Europe via Asia, where the trees originate. The white, waxy-looking substance is found in the wood of these trees, much like resin on pine trees.

Camphor wood or oil from the wood was prized as a medicine and rightly so, which explains why the pioneers often had either the oil or some wood packed in their “medicine bag.”

This strong-smelling compound is a natural antibacterial, antiseptic and disinfectant, although the pioneers were not aware of this, per se.


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  • Man

    so, who wants a cake of camphor tied in a burlap or flannel bag and hung around the neck ?

  • this little wonder is in vicks vapor rub and swedish bitters. swedish bitters does wonders for dental problems and i think it is the camphor. also, if you enjoy your dream world and would like to make it stronger, put a piece near your head at night. if you suffer from nasal congestion, all the better. don’t pay any mind to Man. he hates everything old that is better than new. he prefers his medical symptoms to be relieved by the little white pill made in a laboratory with “unknown” ingredients. i raised my four children the old way. they are very healthy. will produce many healthy children. swedish bitters saved me during a time when i had to wait to afford the dentist. it’s expensive but a large bottle will last a year. very soothing for the mouth.

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