Donegal’s most famous postman, Michael Gallagher from Glenfin may not have the cure for bad weather, but his new book on the “Remedies and Cures of Bygone Era” is flying off the shelves of bookshops faster than a storm force hurricane, writes Michael McHugh.
A household name down the years of predicting the weather through mother nature, Michael feels that his latest venture is nothing more than an offshot of what he has been doing all his life.
It is a fascinating collection of remedies and cures that will no doubt, become an essential reference book for many people throughout the country.
“I have been collecting the cures for years, writing them down and as I have said in the book, nearly every single plant grown is known to have a cure and plant and nature can never be replaced,” he told the Donegal Democrat.
Michael cites the immense debt of gratitude “that is owed to past generations who through hardships and poverty, clung to their culture and handed down to us, such a rich heritage of cures that enabled the author to compile this account on traditional methods of old cures and remedies.”
Obvious fruits like apples are a cure for mental strain, constipation and low energy while you could try some Jerusalem Artichoke or daffodils and flowers mashed together to prevent baldness.
Celery is an old cure for rheumatism while dandruff was thought to be caused by too much acid in the blood.
The hair was washed in col boiled water, a mixture of rose water and the juice of a lemon.
An old cure for freckles was horseradish and milk.
Michael explained: “With modern society quickly forgetting the skills that the older generation had in terms of dealing with their own ailments, I feel it is important that people remember how powerful mother nature is, in looking for those same cures.
This Sunday afternoon, Michael will be in the Four Masters Bookshop in Donegal Town from 3pm where he will be signing copies of his new book and you might even get a bit of advise on the spot.