By Sarah Fiorello

rhubarb plant in the soil

Rheum rhabarbarum

Interviews with former enslaved people included reports of rhubarb used to treat foot swelling and made into a tea to treat children with worms. Other sources cited rhubarb was used as a laxative, anti-inflammatory, and astringent.

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