Home Remedies
(These should not be viewed as modern day medical advice.  They are presented here only to demonstrate what our ancestors used to do.) 

A DIAT DRINK TO BE MADE

A diat drink to be made of elder bark half a peck of the green two ounsis of race ginger, two ounces of spanish rubarb, one handful of elicumpain, one handful of horseradish roots, one handful of worm-wood, one handful of beech peas, one handful of scurvigrass, one peck of malt, one quart of molasses. Take a half a pint in the morning fasting and every night take a spoof full of rum with cloves of garlick steeped in it.

Source: State of RI and Providence Plantations at the End of the Century, Vol III, by Edward Field, A. B., 1902, Transcribed by C. Anthony 

A RECEIT FOR THE GOUT OR RUMATICK DISORDER

Take a pound of bittersweet root and a pound of saxapiriller root ye bark of ye root of each and a pound of sweetfirm boughs one pound of black birch bark pound them well in a morter. Let it soak all night in eight quarts of water then boil it away to two quarts, then strain it out, put in a pound of sugar. Just boil and skim it then take it in a day, a jill at a time one hour before eating for thirty days.

Source: State of RI and Providence Plantations at the End of the Century, Vol III, by Edward Field, A. B., 1902, Transcribed by C. Anthony 

AN EXTRIORDINA MEDSEION FOR SORE EYES

To clens the ball of the ey from any redness or fogeons flesh or any such like thing and it rather strengthens the sight of any ey to whome it is rightly applyed.

Take the bes of old england saffron, dry it in a plate by fire then rob it powder and in the morning wett your ey with white rose water then put in the powder of saffron in to your ey and there let it abide until it works out of its one accord and at night when you go to bed take a plegget of clean to dip it in vinegar then take some of the said ros water put it into a small viall then put to it the white of an eg then shake it well together the spred it on the plegget of to and bind it on your ey and there to abide all night and so doe as often as you pleas.

Source: State of RI and Providence Plantations at the End of the Century, Vol III, by Edward Field, A. B., 1902, Transcribed by C. Anthony 

CURE FOR THE RICKETS

Take a handful of harshorn & a handful of shepards pouch & a handful of agramony & a handful of garden hyssup & a handful of balm & a handful of maiden hair & a handful of yellow solomon seal and make syrup of all these and give the child three spoons full a day at morning, noon & night & let ye childs blood twice a week.

Source: State of RI and Providence Plantations at the End of the Century, Vol III, by Edward Field, A. B., 1902, Transcribed by C. Anthony