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TAG : Home Remedies

Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup

The Apple Cider Vinegar Companion, by Suzy Scherr (The Countryman Press, 2016), explores simple ways to use one of nature’s most versatile ingredients. From cleaning, to cooking, to keeping your hair shiny, apple cider vinegar is a cupboard staple. This remedy for colds has less no ...

Bee Stings and Home Remedies

Several years ago while I was at work, my husband and my mother-in-law walked up to the upper portion of our farm to check the spring box. Unfortunately there was a surprise waiting for them, an underground yellow jacket nest hidden in the tall grass just a few feet from the concrete spring ...

Leaving Quebec, Canada, Provided Great Opportunity for Woman

Although Canada is an adjoining country to America, people who lived there in the 1800s were, as a rule, British subjects.In 1861, when my Grandmother Catherine was 16, she made a trip to Iowa to visit her aunt. She planned to visit for about a month.She liked northeast Iowa and dreaded ...

Sassafras Tea Used to Cleanse the Blood

When my maternal grandparents migrated from the North Carolina mountains to the Illinois prairie in the 19th century, they brought with them many home remedies. Living in the mountains, far from a doctor, home remedies were necessary for a family’s survival.Those old-time cure-alls were ...

Grandma Used Folk Medicine for Natural Cures

My grandmother was born in 1899 and grew up on a farm in southeast Iowa. Her family rarely went to the doctor unless someone was seriously ill. Instead, they relied upon folk medicine to treat more minor ailments.Grandma had us gargle with saltwater for a sore throat or if we had a sore in our ...

Home Remedies Were Necessary

Growing up on a farm, our family wasn’t familiar with doctors and hospitals. When there was a health problem, we had home remedies.One remedy I remember was for earaches. Dad made them go away using his pipe. He would light it, inhale a mouthful of smoke, and then blow the warm smoke in our ...