|Ancient Egyptian medical text,|
known as the Edwin Smith Papyrus,
located at the Rare Book Room,
New York Academy of Medicine.
What other wisdom did the ancients possess that might seem like foolishness at first hearing? Stuffing bread mold in a battle wound, perhaps? Why would anyone let a fuzzy green and white mold near a wound? The answer, as I’m sure you were quick to guess, requires skipping forward thousands of years to Alexander Fleming and his discovery of the antibiotic Penicillin, produced by the fungus Penicillium.
|Honey and bees shown on the tomb of Pabasa|
(Ancient Egypt, circa 650 B.C.)
Another favorite of the ancients was honey. A Sumerian tablet, written between 2100-2000 BC, and the famous Aristotle (384-322 BC) both extol the benefits of honey in healing. It’s now known that honey both kills microbes and provides a moist, protective environment beneficial to wound healing.
Have you used any of these ancient remedies?
Elizabeth Jane Kitchens loves tales of romance, adventure, and happily-ever-afters and strives to write such tales herself. When she’s not thinking about dashing heroes or how awesome bacteria are—she is a microbiologist after all—she’s probably photographing flowers, telling people she’s crocheting not knitting, or talking about classic books and black-and-white movies. Elizabeth is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the author of The Beast’s Enchantress, the story of the enchantress from Beauty and the Beast.