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Ever wonder how Pioneers and Frontiersmen of the old west effectively treated ailments like snakebite, wounds, parasites or even a bug gone down your ear with minimal access to medical supplies?
Good things to know in case you are ever in a situation where there is no modern medical care available.

I posted the rough draft text of this a while ago but here is the actual website.

In his 1859 book, Randolph Marcy, a US Army veteran of 25 years on the frontier remarked that “A little blue mass, quinine, opium, and some cathartic medicine put up in doses for adults will suffice for a medicine chest.” Although wagon trains would commonly have some form of medicine kit, the individual traveler on foot or horseback needed a more lightweight minimalist approach toward medical care. Since carrying a heavy pannier of medicines for every occasion is out of the question, here are some period remedies to treat basic ailments that the average frontiersman would likely have on his person. This means that in addition to commonly carried medicines such as mountain mint, cedron nut, or blue indigo, other cures may reside in everyday foods or even the contents of a powder horn.
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