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Stories of Natural Cures for Common Ailments

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By Heart Of The Home | Feb 18, 2013

Illustration By Brian Orr
One natural cure for pink eye involved putting cloth rag full of raw potatoes over the eyes.

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 rid of croup. While
these homemade remedies may seem out of date, what could the harm be in trying
them? After all, most of these readers admit to trying the natural cures as
adults after growing up with them as children.

Enjoy these CAPPER’s reader stories of yesteryear; when
milk-soaked bread still came in handy for curing finger cuts and cod liver oil
was consumed for overall good health.

Stories of Natural Cures 

Mamie Had Homemade Remedies for All Ailments
Family Makes Made-From-Scratch Drawing Salve
Sassafras Tea Used to Cleanse the Blood
Grandma’s Medical Treatment Consisted of Natural Remedies
Saltwater Cure for Sore Throat and Poison Ivy
Home Remedies Were Necessary
Mom Was Ready With Tried and True Treatments
Turnips Ease Pain in Heel
Grandma Used Folk Medicine for Natural Cures

We Want to Hear Your Story

We enjoyed the submissions on homemade natural cures so much
that we’d like to see even more. If you haven’t submitted yours and you have a
good one, please email it to us at tsmith@cappers.com or send it to Grit
and CAPPER’s Editorial, Attn: Heart of the Home Department, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka,
KS 66609-1265.
Make sure to include any images that relate to the old-fashioned home remedy if
you have them, and we just might include our favorite stories in a future issue
of the magazine or on our website.

We’re also looking for stories about camping adventures to
feature in a future issue. Send us your best, worst, funniest or most memorable
camping stories, with a photograph or two (jpeg, at least 300 dpi) if
available, and we’ll publish our favorites in a future issue. If you mail your
photos to us and would like them back, please send an appropriate-sized
self-addressed stamped envelope for their return.

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