Baba's Kitchen Medicines

Michael Mucz's prolonged primary research into Ukrainian-Canadian folk history culminates in Baba's Kitchen Medicines. This book bursts with the cultural memory of pioneering folk from Canada's prairieland. From fever to frostbite, this incomparable compendium of tinctures, poultices, salves, decoctions, infusions, plasters, and tonics will fascinate and often mortify readers from all walks of life. The comprehensiveness of Mucz's research and interviews framed with deftly painted historical, cultural, and botanical backgrounds guarantee that this chapter of the Canadian story will continue to be told for generations to come. It is a deep, charming, and often moving work of intricate anthropology that will stir scholar and non-specialist alike.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Dedication 6
Disclaimer 8
Contents 10
List of Tables 12
List of Maps 14
Abbreviations 16
Acknowledgements 18
Introduction 20
1 Immigration and Settlement 28
2 Ancient Healing Practices 36
3 Ukrainian Folk HEaling Traditions 40
4 Healers in Ukrainian Settlements 46
5 Homestead Health Concerns 58
6 Health Conditions Treated 64
7 Homestead Healing Resources 74
8 Traditional Healing Practices 104
9 Traditional Healing Preparations 124
10 Conditions Treated With Home Remedies 148
Conclusion 256
Appendix I 260
Appendix II 262
Appendix III 266
Appendix IV 268
Appendix V 270
Selected Readings 272
Index 276
Other Titles from University of Alberta Press 293