Because of Diet books and so on, people have become so afraid to eat potatoes. This puzzled me…something that is grown from the earth being bad for us? And in truth, maybe if they are deep fried, or whatever else, they can be bad…but that could be said for anything, correct? Regardless, I set out to find the truth about potatoes…something that became the diet of many of our pioneer and rural ancestors because they are so hearty and filling. In fact, I bet that potatoes could have taken the place of meat when it wasn’t available.
Part of the Nightshade Family (Eggplants, Tomato, etc).
Medical Purposes: Back & abdomen pain, gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, wounds, skin inflammations, boils, muscle and general pain.
The potato came to Europe by way of the Spanish sometime in the 1500’s. However, it really didn’t take off and find itself a common place on people’s plates until the 1800’s.
Did you know that potatoes contain something called Atropine or Astropine? It can be deadly stuff if you were to take large amounts. But in small doses (such as what you will eat in potatoes), it helps gastrointestinal pains and cramping. Potatoes can also be useful if applied externally, for muscle pains, skin problems, and even boils. I had a cousin that used to get boils all the time when he was little. In order to draw them to a head, my Grandmother would peel a thick piece of skin off a potato. She’d place it over the boil keeping it in place with some sort of homemade bandage before he went to bed and by the next morning, the soreness was drawn out of the boil, and it was ready to drain.
Have you ever went to a restaurant and were served mashed potatoes with the red skins? I made that once and one of my in-laws looked at me as if I was off my rocker (or too lazy to peel the tators). But to be honest, that’s one of the healthiest ways to eat a potato by whatever means—by cooking them in their skins.
Potatoes also have alkaline juices, which are famous for neutralizing stomach acids, curing stomach pains, heartburn, and peptic ulcers. You can use compresses of Warm Potatoes for joint and muscle pains, and improving circulation. By using raw, you can cure itching and skin inflammations.
Potatoes contain: Complex Carbohydrates, Fiber, Protein, Potassium, Niacin, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamins A, B-complex, and C. It’s best to eat the skin of the potato when possible, or if you can’t peel as thinly as you can because the main bit of vitamins are underneath.
My Grandma would fry potatoes with their skin along with sliced onions and sometimes a Green Pepper. (Depending if the garden was in) When we were young, she’d add some cheese to it but used to insist we eat the fried potatoes because in her words, "they will keep you from getting sick!"
*Drinking Potato water can cleanse the intestines and reduce acid. Prepare by washing and dicing up a large potato. Steep it overnight in 1 cup of water after adding a pinch of sea salt. Strain and drink in the mornings before eating anything else for a few weeks.
*Doing a two day fast, eating nothing but potatoes can rid the body of excess fluids, toxins, and waste. It can also purify the blood. The cure calls for eating one baked potato, skin and all, (with nothing on it) five times a day for the total of two days. This can also help with gout and arthritis because of the alkaline properties, which will in turn bind uric acids and remove them from the body.
*To relieve gallbladder problems and help the liver to remove waste and toxins, make a tea with potatoes. Peel one large potato, and boil with the skin in 1 cup of water for a total of 5 minutes. Strain and drink.
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