Outlander – Good Medicine (Repost)
This post originally appeared April 12, 2018 on our blog. We are reposting it to celebrate the long awaited start of Outlander Season 4 starting November 4.
Books or Show?
I’m a huge Outlander fan of both the books and TV series. How incredible that two people could have so much adventure in their lives, travel to so many countries at a time when most didn’t leave their own village their whole lives and experience so much history in the making. It’s enchanting and I admit I’m hooked.
I’m reading a little (OK A LOT) ahead of the TV series because it simply takes too long between seasons! I love comparing the books and episodes and then re-watching the episodes all for pure pleasure and the excuse to just see it again. Its a show that I hope never runs out of story … or kilts.
Claire: Natural Medicine Doctor
The character of Claire and her background in nursing and later as a physician is perfect in so many ways. She’s an ideal and obvious match for the incredible James Fraser but deeper than that she is a direct lifeline to many in the story. Her healing abilities, innate knowledge of plants and natural medicine and background in modern day medicine and diseases is a perfect combination. She is continually looking for plants, herbs and saps to use to help those around her. She makes and uses her own compounds, essential oils and other natural supplements. Even in her modern day medicine career she applied natural treatments in compliment to traditional treatments with her patients.
I’ve written many times of the importance of finding a doctor who is open to natural solutions to compliment traditional treatments. You need a doctor who is going to look for answers regardless of whether they come from traditional or natural means. Most importantly that they understand that it is probably not healthy long term to rely solely on man-made chemicals to heal our bodies.
Natural Medicine Now & Then
One of my favorite parts in Season 2 is when Claire goes to the French apothecary. The description in the book is incredibly detailed and thoughtful. I love the visual of crammed shelves and cases with rows of bottles, boxes and interesting species. While the owner is a unique person unto himself and I secretly think, he too, is from the future or at least is familiar with travelers, he possesses a wonderful knowledge of natural elements and their uses.
It clearly shows how reliant we once were on only natural remedies. While we knew the treatment of illness would come from nature at that time in history there was still developing knowledge for how to use them and for what. We also didn’t understand basics diseases, germs, viruses or bacteria. There were not even names for many of the diseases yet. I believe this is the point in time where we began to see the op