A combination of folklore and time-honored advice, this book illuminates the history behind female wisdom from yesteryear. Tried and tested tips to cure ailments such as warts, arthritis, and gout are interspersed with ancient old wives’ tales such as shaving a live chicken and tying it to the groin
to ward off the plague. Taking in money-saving ideas, gardening knowledge, household management, and age-old remedies, the book demonstrates that while some tales are not to be relied upon, a great deal of old wives’ lore does have its practical merits. These fascinating tips and tricks will remind readers that sometimes old advice is still the best.