I wish stuff like that happened more often.
People often would trust neighbours, friends and family members to help with illness. Sometimes it was pretty mainstream...other times, it was kind of unusual. But, most of the time, it was the elderly (like they say, wise beyond their years) who had the best advice. My cousin's grandmother was one of those elders who would take us to the park when we would visit - and while we went to the playground, she would gather up wild chamomile flowers in her apron and bring them home to dry them for tea. Whenever someone had a sore tummy, Zia Betina would gather some dried chamomile leaves and brew them up into a lovely tea. "Good for the tummy...and helps you sleep", she would say.
When I saw a chamomile plant last year, I had to buy it. Now, the daisy like flowers that grow in my garden and the scent it sends out as you brush past the leaves brings back such wonderful memories...of family, health and kindness in humanity!