Join us on September 23 from 11:00 – 3:00 and explore how natural and herbal remedies were developed and used to help families cope with illness, disease and everyday ailments.

Nature’s Remedies: Then and Now will be a look back to the earliest local uses of natural remedies like healing teas, herbal medicines and botanicals. Before there were stores and pharmacies our ancestors, with great thanks to native and indigenous cultures, relied on natural syrups, gums, ointments and aromas provided by plants growing in the fields and forests around them. Survival often meant having a keen understanding of these plants, herbs and flowers and how the distillation of roots, barks, berries, blossoms and leaves could provide relief and cures.

The event will include a demonstration from 1:15 – 2:00 by Laurie Whyte who will be making a “pitch” from pine gum which was used as caulking for canoes and birch buckets.

Pine and Spruce gums, made from resin collected from either Red Pines or Norway Spruce trees, were also a common treatment for everything from coughs, scurvy to skin ailments. Sandy McAdoo and Beth Dennis will be speaking about their experiences with these natural remedies  from 2:15 – 3:00.

There will also be a talk from Dr. Marcin Padlewski ND from 12:00 – 1:00. Dr. Padlewski is a family practitioner in Naturopathic Health Care and has an extensive knowledge in Botanical Medicine and Homeopathy.

If you would like to learn more about natural remedies, past and present, come and visit the Middleville Museum on September 23rd beginning at 11 am to 3 pm. Admission is $5.00 per adult and includes refreshments as well as access to the full range of Museum exhibits. Children under 12 are free.