Monday, August 28, 2017

The Healing of Beg Wilson

Have a Cure: Fun Fact...

As you know being a Brit and writing American history is a challenge. Never more so than when writing my next book for the Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs. In this book, I have a sick child. The issue is how do I make him well again without the use of modern medicines? I had to ask myself what would they do with the limited knowledge and resources they had in those days?

I found a few things, which are listed today to have healing properties. The next question I had was can I share my finding here without giving away my story? Or if I could write an intelligent piece on how I cured a sick child in my story? Or should I simply surprise y’all with my brilliance (LOL).
I guess brilliance over secrecy wins…

I used garlic, yep you read right, garlic. It has many healing properties when ingested or as a compress on an opened wound. Its usage predates written history; recorded documents document the use of garlic remedies over 5000 years ago. Throughout history, garlic has been a-trusted remedy: during epidemics such as cholera and tuberculosis, and can be used as an antiseptic when applied to wounds to cleanse and heal, as well as treat dysentery caused by poor sanitary conditions. Its claimed, garlic is a natural antibiotic, and so seemed perfect for what I had in mind for my story.

Time for a picture I guess, for those of you who haven’t seen a garlic bulb before or simply because I want to give you a visual, while I think up what to say next.

If you’ve ever wondered why garlic as always been feature in vampire movies or story as being a way to keep the nasties at bay. Its because of the herbs ability to cure diseases, and that is why folklore and superstition developed around it. Therefore, over time garlic has been credited with the ability to avert disease and evil spirits.

Now for y’all who will argue that garlic is neither an herb nor a spice, but indeed a vegetable. I say, I know, but the word herb flowed better. And for those of you who didn’t know this little fact. (You’re welcome.)

Garlics Nutritional Value...
This little vegetable is jam pact with nutritional goodness. The bulb is the most commonly used portion, and contain 8-20 individual, teardrop looking cloves enclosed in a white or red thin skin. It is a source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, selenium, as well as other minerals, including phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron and copper. Do you feel as energized as me just reading how good it is for you, unless you’re allergic (oop’s sorry.)

By now y’all must be saying well that's great Sandra, thanks for the history lesson, but how did you use the garlic in your story to cure our little sick boy and make him whole. I’d tell you but then I’d have to change my story, so I guess you’ll have to wait and see. What I will tell you is, there wasn’t a doctor in sight. Ha! You say, so did he live or did he die. Well the clue is in the title of this post. Which is not the title of the book by the way.

The pictures of the Garlic above look really pretty, but I doubt that how they looked when Beg Wilson was alive in 1880 so here a representation of how I think the garlic he was given looked.

Okay that’s all from me Sandra E Sinclair, wishing you all an awesome week...

Blind Affection is book #10 in the Sweethearts of Jubliee Springs series. Tagline: Can two broken strangers find love and heal each other?

FYI...This is not the story featuring Beg Wilson


  1. Even those who live here have a lot of research when they write about the past. Great job on the post and research. Best to you on this and future stories. Doris

    1. Thanks Doris, for your kind words. I know how much my American cousin writers research too, sometime in the process of helping me write. I don't know what I'd do without them. :-)

  2. I'm waiting on Blind Affection Quickly!

    1. Awe thanks Linda :-) Well, you won't have wait to much longer.