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When we adult Santafesinos were boys, few things really merited being taken to the doctor . It had to be something serious, or surgical intervention. For everything else, there were grandmothers' remedies. The interior of Santa Fe, and the Argentine in general, has a long tradition of curanderism . It's more than just “magic.” It is folk wisdom applied to health. Let's agree that, historically, the best pharmacy was always nature.
With arrival of winter, the first colds, cough, fever also come. But also came the immediate action of the elderly putting in the campaign to heal us, with those special care and home remedies that helped us cope with the disease. winter.
The first step was to take our body temperature, with the mercury thermometer that was placed in our armpit to find out if we had a fever. The classic aspirin and a hot tea with lots of lemon and bed , covered with many blankets, to perspire all night. The next day we were given a good bath with warm water that relieved us, leaving us like new. A good breakfast and the classic vegetable soup, which we had so hard to drink.
But it was not only the treatment of colds was the specialty of grandmothers. Cure the empacho, throw out the cuerito, take the temperature, remove the evil eye, better known in Santa Fe as “peeadura”. All these arts were part of family medicine from before.
We leave you a review of some of these practices, many of them, forgotten.
Santafesin folk medicine
Grandmothers knew better than anyone else how to prevent or cure everyday diseases. Tell us, what do you remember about home medicine from your childhood ?
Publication Date: 04/08/2020
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