- Free Newsletter
- For more than 130 years, GRIT has helped its readers live more prosperously and happily while emphasizing the importance of community and a rural lifestyle tradition.
- Subscribe Today!
When Dr. Samuel W. Torrey of Beverly, Massachusetts, died in 1917, his obituary spoke of his reputation as a “skillful surgeon, a sound and searching diagnostician, and a wise counselor and devoted friend in general practice.” Becoming deaf as a young man had not prevented him from receiving a degree from the University of Vermont, serving […]Read more »
Richard Toler – Age 100 • Alabama WHAT DOES MUSTARD have to do with pneumonia? Many people may not know. But the two of us can still remember the pungent smell of the mustard plasters our grandmother prepared and put on our father’s chest to cure him of pneumonia. We can also recall the foul […]Read more »
Along with the beauty of snow-glistened trees and the festivity of holiday parties, winter also brings the onset of more colds, flu, sore throats and other ailments. Stocking our homes with time-tested, tried-and-true homemade remedies (and potent preventives) is a smart solution. These winter favorites come straight from Grandma’s cupboard—from medicinal syrups and vinegars to […]Read more »
Essential oils make creating healthy scents simple. Whether in a body spray, bath oil or bath salts, essential oils smell wonderful and can help us feel calm, energetic or warmed. One of the simplest ways to use essential oils is in a mist that can be used as a light body spray or an aromatherapy […]Read more »
Deadly nightshade, devil’s berries, death cherries, dwale. No matter what name it goes by, beladonna (Atropa belladonna) is one of the most poisonous herbs in the world. From suicide to murder, belladonna has been a favorite tool for centuries to bring about a quick (and unpleasant) death. Lethally beautiful, belladonna is an annual plant that grows about […]Read more »
You might be surprised to learn that you can grow herbal medicines in your own backyard. Although many homesteaders embrace herbal medicine, not everyone realizes how well these traditional medicines work, or that you can grow them on your own land. One obstacle is that many people still equate herbal medicine with superstition, thinking it’s […]Read more »
Like the roots of an herb hidden beneath the soil’s surface, the foundations of current herb use in the United States are not immediately evident. Have you ever asked yourself why ginkgo, St. John’s wort, black cohosh, ginseng, garlic, echinacea, saw palmetto, valerian, bilberry, and milk thistle are the top-selling herbs in the United States? […]Read more »