Hoodoo Medicine

HOODOO MEDICINE

Gullah Herbal Remedies

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 BUYING HERBS

BLACK HEALING AND MAGIC

STAYING HEALTHY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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      "In South Carolina, Angelica Tree is the rattlesnake's master, par excellence, according to the negroes; they rely on it almost exclusively as a remedy for the bite of serpents.  We are informed that they use the bark of the fresh root in substance, taken internally, also applying it powdered to the wounded part."

 

Hoodoo Medicine is African American natural healing.  Its roots go back centuries to the first enslaved Africans who brought knowledge of healing plants with them and learned more from the American Indians and European settlers they lived among.  The book Hoodoo Medicine describes in rare detail the plants and herbs historically used by the Gullah of the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands, also called the Low Country.

I collected the plant information in Hoodoo Medicine first-hand, when I lived on the Sea Islands and learned from the men and women who practiced natural healing.

Part I includes a history of the Sea Islands, of the Gullah, and of African-American folk medicine.  Part II is a directory of medicinal roots, herbs and plants, detailing their use in the Gullah culture as well as Native American and Euro-American uses. Included are more than 50 drawings of medicinal plants.   Hoodoo Medicine preserves ancestral wisdom for posterity.

Hoodoo Medicine is a window into Gullah traditions, which in recent years have been threatened by the migration of families, the destruction of communities by suburban developers, and the gradual death of the elder generation.  It captures a diversity of medical practices, once the primary form of medical care, that are regaining popularity in many places.  These remedies were here long ago, and with our help will endure.

Read about the National Park Service's Special Resource Study on the Low Country Gullah Geechee Culture.

 

BUYING HERBS

BLACK HEALING AND MAGIC

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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