Elayne Pearson wove a tale of pre-drugstore days when Utah pioneers had to find and use natural remedies to overcome various sicknesses during the local Sons of Utah Pioneers’ meeting on Feb. 1.
Those same remedies and ingredients are still available today, and are there for the harvesting. Pearson’s discoveries and education on natural remedies came of necessity when members of her family were not getting the help they needed in pill form.
Apple Cider Vinegar was one such natural remedy Pearson discussed, which has many uses both internally and externally. Also, dandelion leaves make an excellent salad and are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Yarrow is a natural blood purifier. Garlic can be used in many ways as a preventative as well as a healer. Milk Thistle is great for the liver. Cayenne pepper has many uses, and peppermint tea is great for indigestion and energy.
The list goes on, but Pearson stressed that many of the things God planted on earth is for everyone’s benefit and can be used on a regular basis to maintain health, or as a medicine to heal all kinds of health problems. Pearson wondered if the day would come when rushing to the local drugstore for medication won’t be available.
All of the natural remedies she reviewed were and are still available for free. Pearson invited everyone to learn as much as possible about such things. Not only did Pearson have an exhaustive list of remedies, but SUP members from the audience added some of their own remedies that their grandparents used to use. Elayne Pearson is also the wife of newly elected SUP President Rod Pearson.
The Sons of Utah Pioneers Settlement Canyon Chapter meets the first Thursday of every month in the LDS Building on the corner of 200 W. 200 South, Tooele. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a pot-luck dinner and then are favored with presentations about pioneer histories. The hope is to keep alive the wonderful gift given to us from those who went before. On March 1, John and Carol Cluff of Tooele share tales from their own pioneer ancestors. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by Cluff’s presentation. The public is always welcome and entrance is free.