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Chutz
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   Posted 6/30/2009 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Were your family use any 'home remedies' to cure ailments you had? Were they influenced by Old Wives Tales? Most families have their 'cur-it-all' remedies and looking back on them some are great and others are just funny. If we had a cold or sore throat my mom was a believer that Vicks Rub would cure it all. I would be to stuffed up I could not breathe so she had dad slather my neck/upper chest area with that sticky goo, then wrap a wool sock around my neck secured with a safety pin and top it all with one of daddy's old t-shirts. I still do love the smell of Vicks and it does help some with the stuffiness but for me wearing and snuggling one of dad's shirts was what cured me...lol

How about your family??? Any remedies? idea
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   Posted 6/30/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutz!  This is classic!!!  What an image. 
 
Ours was, "get a big drink of water."  No matter what you complained of, my mom was sure you were just dehydrated.  Luckily, we were all quite healthy kids. 
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   Posted 7/1/2009 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine actually still works. It must have been my mother who taught me to put vinegar on mosquito bites, of which I always got a lot as a kid! Now I use it for any bites - it takes the sting out of it better than any medicine. And I think I read somewhere there's some scientific reason why but I can't remember what it is!

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straydog
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   Posted 7/1/2009 1:09 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG Chutzie you Mom did the Vicks thing too lol. Oh, yes how I remember getting the sock around the neck-safety pin and all lol. Did your Mom ever use the mustard plasters that stunk to high heaven? Those came out when we were really down sick and barking when we coughed.

How funny.
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White Beard
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   Posted 7/1/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Well when I was small we used the Vicks rub but mom would always put a small glob of it on our upper lip under our nose, and for cough medicine it was a tablespoon of whiskey and a teaspoon of sugar or honey, I always thought it burned the sore throat away! and for an ear ache ( my mom swore that this was prescribed by an old country doctor that we used to go to) 2 drops of rubbing alcohol in the affected ear and then a wad of cotton put in the ear.  I don't know whether it actually worked or not but it did feel good!
 
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PAlady
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   Posted 7/1/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Whiskey?? Your Mom gave you whiskey? smhair smhair smhair smilewinkgrin

I'll bet that cured about anything! yeah

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Lindaloo
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   Posted 7/1/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
OK I've got the weirdest one. 
 
 For a boil on the skin, my father would make a plaster out of stale bread, oil and some other ingredient that I can't recall.  He grew up in Panama and Jamaica.  I can remember that he had a few weird ones, but that is the only one that comes to mind, because he put it on me one time and I thought it was gross.  Of course it did work.  Next day, the darn thing was practically gone!!  Go figure!!  He said it worked like a drawing salve.  Wish I could remember the other ingredient.
 
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straydog
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   Posted 7/1/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Palady, my mother was known for her hot toddies using whiskey, honey & lemon. My 2 older sisters still use this for a bad cough. One sister swears it will break a fever lol.
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edt
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   Posted 7/1/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   

OMG VICKS was and is still my 99.5 year old Granny's favorite remedy, cold put it on your chest, blisters put it on its gone in the morning, paper cut yup vicks again....it always works too!

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skeye
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   Posted 7/2/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Vicks... Sounds like how they used "Windex" to treat everything in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. smilewinkgrin The sad part is that we have some very good friends of the family from Greece & they actually do stuff like that! Actually, my vet used to tell us to clean the dogs' ears with something like that... I forget what it is right now, it wasn't Windex, but it was something close to it... It actually worked quite well, although he's moved on to other things now-a-days.

Skeye
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