Cure for Diarrhea
According to the Rome Courier, it seems not to be generally known that the free use of ripe peaches is a prompt and certain cure for diarrhea. This writer has known cases of several months standing, which had resisted all ordinary remedies, to yield in a few days under unrestrained use of the fruit. At this season, when the disease and the remedy are both so common, the knowledge of this fact, for the truth of which the writer vouches, may save much suffering. If hospital patients suffering from diarrhea were treated freely with ripe peaches, instead of opium, the result would be greatly to the advantage of all concerned. The remedy is peculiarly valuable in the case of children. Let those who are dosing their children with drugs at this season try this pleasant remedy, and they will need no other.
Source:, Camden Confederate, August 2, 1862 as found in John Hammond Moore, ed., The Confederate Housewife (Columbia, SC: Summerhouse Press, 1997).