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Appalachian Medicine

Appalachian Medicine

Sulfur and Molasses

spring tonic noun A home medicine taken in early spring and purported to purge the system and thicken the blood. It most often consists of sulfur and molasses, sometimes with whiskey or an herb such as ginseng added. See also sulfur and molasses. 1982 Powers and Hannah Cataloochee 256 Spring tonic: One teacup of molasses, three tablespoons of sulphur. Stir and take some for spring tonic. 1992 Cavender Folk Hematology 28 During the spring a “spring tonic” was necessary to…

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