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The long travel distance between many small farms and the
nearest town necessitated the use of homemade remedies for common ailments such
as pink eye, an ear ache, or a sore throat.These natural cures could involve blowing tobacco smoke in
the aching ear of a child or using goose grease to get ...
When my father was called to fight in World War II, he left
my sister and me in the tender, loving and capable hands of our grandparents,
who lived in Woodward, Oklahoma. Grandma had a natural remedy for
all of life’s uncertainties.For a chest congestion, she treated us with a warm ...
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 ...
My family still uses one of the best salves ever made to
draw out infections. I’m not sure how long the salve recipe has been in the
family, but I know my grandmother made and used it while my mother was growing
up.The drawing salve is made by placing an ample amount of buds from a
balm of ...
My Grandmother Crabtree, or Mamie as we called her, made
Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies look tame. Mamie had homemade remedies
for just about any ailment we grandchildren came up with. Growing up in the
1930s, I didn’t know anyone who actually went to a doctor — except my oldest
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 ...
About 40 years ago, I was a
waitress at a truck stop, and I had severe heel pain. Since there wasn’t a
doctor in our rural town, I went to a big city and found a doctor.He took X-rays, which showed spurs
on both of my heels. When I asked if he could surgically remove them, he said
It was many years ago when Mom used
her homemade remedies for my childhood ailments. Mom’s tried-and-true treatments
consisted of a mustard plaster and a milk poultice, which were used frequently
since we very rarely visited a doctor.The mustard plaster was applied to
treat a chest cold or ...
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 ...
When I was young,
my aunt told me to gargle with saltwater when I had a sore throat. It
really helped. Many years later, my teenage son went to the doctor for a sore
throat, and the doctor told him the same thing. When my son told me what the
doctor said, we both laughed, as I had suggested ...
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