Alder Leaves in Newfoundland
Information taken from the book “MICMAC MEDICINES” Remedies and Recollections. By Laurie Lacey , NIMBUS Publication
The Micmac steeped the bark from alders in water and used the tea to treat stomach cramps, kidney ailments, fever and neuralgic pain. It was also a common Micmac remedy for diphtheria. The bark and leaves were used together in poultice form as a treatment for festering wounds.
In Conne River, a man told me alder was good for treating lameness in the body. He said that when he was young he was very lame. At one time it became so debilitating that he crawled to his dory and rowed to see a doctor in the nearby community of St. Albans. The doctor told him there was no cure for the condition. Later, he met someone who offered to help him overcome his crippling condition. The individual collected a large bag of alder leaves and spent the following night treating the problem. The leaves were placed over the affected areas of the body, and were replaced with a fresh covering whenever they became “too hot”. This cured his lameness.