Destrehan Plantation’s ‘Medicine Man’ Knows Home Remedies

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DESTREHAN, LA (WGNO) – Growing up in the cotton fields of Mississippi, Eddie Boyd didn’t have much access to medical care.  His family was forced to come up with their own home remedies.

“Sixty percent of the things that I talk about are things that were used on me when I grew up,”  Boyd said.

For 30 years, Boyd has done research on whether home remedies work.   Boyd worked at the University of Michigan’s College of Pharmacy, where he researched home remedy and herbal use.  Now he shares his knowledge to visitors at the Destrehan Plantation in Destrehan.

“About 25 percent to 30 percent—I can show you clinical studies that show it works.  The older I get the more studies I get show they do work,”  he said.

He’s researched 163 different remedies.  Tobacco to cure hemorrhoids.  Manure for athlete’s foot.  Honey for sore throats.

“A teaspoon of honey works better than anything you can buy at a drugstore.”

Pepper curing diarrhea and heartburn.  Ginger for cramps.  Eucalyptus oil for asthma and even corn starch for rashes.

“Corn starch is such a good absorbant,”  he said.

The remedies he is especially intrigued by are ear wax’s healing qualities on fever blisters.

“Ear wax has anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacteria activity.  There is constant information that comes out which shows this stuff actually works.”

Another remedy he believes works well is leeches for black eyes and other bruises.

“If you have a black eye, put a leech onto it.  It’s going to suck out the blood.  That’s actually going to cure your black eye.  Leeches are used in hospitals that do plastic and cosmetic surgery.  If you cut your finger and if the doctor doesn’t use leeches, the finger will fall back off.”

He also said he’s proven that spider webs can stop bleeding.

“Spider webs are similar to fibrin in your blood and that’s the first step in stopping you from bleeding,”  Boyd said.

Research is an on-going process for him.

“You want healing, but you want something that won’t have an adverse effect.”

Boyd holds his remedy demonstrations every other Friday at the Destrehan Plantation.

For more information:  Call  985-764-9315.