What happened to Governor Simcoe?

"[It] really relieved his cough in a very short time," Elizabeth Simcoe recorded.  The governor recovered completely and continued with his duties.

The root recommended by Molly Brant was probably Acorus americanus, which contains a range of chemicals that can kill various bacteria, fungi, and amoebas. Related species have been used by many peoples in Europe, Asia, and the Americas for medicinal purposes. However, it is probably a good thing that Governor Simcoe’s cough disappeared quickly, since recent research suggests that some of these plants may be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) when used in large doses or for a long time.


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