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Country People Medicine Cabinet and Home Remedies

Country at HeartI think I've just about thought about every kind of medicine we used for sickness and illnesses. Obviously, all of the medicines in each category weren't used at the same time, but at some point, any or all of them came in handy for whatever ailed us.

I don’t remember that we had chicken pox … we may have, but I’m unaware of that disease coming to visit us.

COLDS

Lemons

Honey

Pine Needles

Cow Dung

Whiskey

Mullen

Zero -10

666

Vicks Vapor Rub

Peppermint Candy

Cough Drops

Coco Quinine

Creomulsion Cough Syrup

Castor Oil (This one, my mother usually had to get the belt out before we'd finally "gag" it down)

And also let me explain about the cow dung use. I guess people reasoned that since the cows roamed the fields and pastures eating every kind of herb and grass that their “cow Pie” was full of every essential plant that we couldn’t possible gather on our own. So this went into the tea for good measure.

lemon and honey 

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MUMPS

Sardines – We ate the fish and rubbed the oil on our enlarged throat.

MEASLES

Tallow or Cooking Oil (to keep the skin moist and reduce itching)

CHEST CONGESTION

Tallow – applied to the check with a hot cloth

Camphor

EARACHE

Sweet Oil

CUTS/SWELLING/SKIN INFECTIONS

Rubbing Alcohol

Hydrogen Peroxide

CHIGGER AND BED BUGS BITES

Yellow Sulfur Powder (ingested)

TICK AND MOSQUITO BITES

Alcohol

HEADACHES/FEVERS

BC Powder

Aspirin

CONSTIPATION/INTERNAL CLEANSING

Castor Oil

Syrup of Black Draught

Milk of Magnesium

Senna Leaf Tea

Jimson Weed

Sassafrass Tea

FEET SOAK

Epson Salt

ACHES/PAINS/SORE JOINTS

Watkins Liniment

SKIN SORES

Sayman Salve

SCALP PROBLEMS

Glover's Hair Tonic (Dog Mane)

UPSET STOMACH

Pepto Bismol

Alka Seltzer

NOSE BLEEDS

Cold Water

CUTS/SKIN SORES

Don't remember ever seeing a "band-aid" in our house, but we found clean, white cloth and cotton to wrap any exposed cuts or sores.

PREVENT BLEEDING

Alum

FOOT SPLINTERS

Tweezers (to pull out those occasions splinters that got lodged from sliding across the wood floors)

PERHAPS THE BEST MEDICINE OF ALL

Rest and relaxation

nebraskadave
2/27/2014 2:09:27 PM

AG, sure glad I didn't grow up in your house. My mom had some remedies but they most consisted of Vicks Vapor Rub and some concoction of onions and garlic that was either eaten or rubbed on our chest or both. The other thing that I hated most was to go to the old country doctor and get a shot of penicillin. It seemed like that was the cure all back then. No pills in the medical practice but always a shot in the bum. Just the thought of having to go see the doctor and get a shot was a cure for sure. ***** Have a great natural remedy day.