Event Details

  • October 20, 2020
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Free


Event Description

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The Seymour Library is welcoming Ehris Urban and Velya Jancz-Urban of the "Grounded Goodwife" of Woodbury to lead a Zoom talk on Colonial cures.

European colonists in America were isolated on their frontiers from professional doctors and fell back to folklore and secondhand knowledge to treat their pains and illnesses. To modern audiences, this leads to stories of strange tonics, outlandish remedies, and curious "cures." Toads, snails, mashed potatoes, mandrakes, and bear grease were commonly prescribed. While some of these ingredients sound crazy, there's logic behind many of them. For instance, snake oil hasn't always been just a euphemism for quack medical treatment.

For centuries oil from Chinese water snakes was an actual treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine to relieve joint pain. Today we know that snakes are a rich source of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3 fatty acid containing anti-inflammatory properties.

Join Ehris and Velya for a funny and factual exploration of Colonial "quackery." Please see the Library's website under Events for the Zoom link or call 203-888-3903 for information. Registration is not needed.

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