I 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.
Vicks Vapor Rub
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.
Sardines – We ate the fish and rubbed the oil on our enlarged throat.
Tallow or Cooking Oil (to keep the skin moist and reduce itching)
Tallow – applied to the check with a hot cloth
CHIGGER AND BED BUGS BITES
Yellow Sulfur Powder (ingested)
TICK AND MOSQUITO BITES
Syrup of Black Draught
Milk of Magnesium
Senna Leaf Tea
Glover’s Hair Tonic (Dog Mane)
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.
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