Saturday, March 16, 2013

Witch Doctoring Mama Style


I have often accused my mother of being a witch doctor.  She uses the old timey cures but most everything.  When we were little her medicine chest consisted of mercurochrome (a nasty orangey antiseptic that burns like a saw blade), Granma’s liniment (a green concoction that reeks of alcohol and would be a big hit on St. Paddy's Day) and many other of my mama’s weird remedies.

As I’ve gotten older, I find myself giving my son some of that same advice.  “Yes, warm some sweet oil in a cup of hot water and put it in your ear and put a cotton ball in it”.  It’ll cure that earache by morning.  Got a boil or a bump that won’t come to the surface?  Forget that expensive boil remedy sold at the pharmacy!  Go get a piece of fat back and strap it to your leg or whatever part of your body the boil is on.  If it’s a pimple that won’t come up, put a dab of toothpaste on it and by morning, it will either be gone or as big as the end of my thumb! 

A bad cold was treated with honey and lemon (yea, I know….  Today I add the whiskey but mama would never have approved of THAT)  And castor oil!  Who remembers the castor oil?  You didn’t dare tell anyone you had tummy problems but out would come that awful stuff!  When I was about two weeks overdue with my son, mama even gave me castor oil to help me go into labor.  Does it work?  Heck if I know, I was two weeks overdue for heaven sakes.  Drinking anything would have sent me hightailing to the hospital faster than green grass through a goose!

So what did you use as a home remedy?  Do you still use them?  I often think of all these things when I read articles about fish oil being good for your heart or cinnamon being a cholesterol lowering agent or that it can help with brain power. 

As for now, I’ll continue to call mama and ask what to do about certain things.  And since she is still my ‘witch doctor’, she will give me some off the wall remedy to cure what ails me.

8 comments:

  1. I think some of the old timey remedies actually work a whole lot better than some of the new fangled junk they have on the mass market!! :)

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  2. our family uses a lot of homeopathic remedies and refuse medicine. We use ginger tea with honey and lemon added to it to cure colds and flus :)

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  3. I don't use home remedies too often. I suppose tea and honey is still good for a sore throat. I just try to eat as healthy as possible in hopes of not getting sick to beging with.

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  4. My daughter often complains of physical issues, and i do my best to just mollify her with some home or natural remedy. I think the more natural remedies you can use, the better. Arnica is my "go-to" product for her. Not necessarily a home remedy, but certainly a natural one.

    One home remedy I do swear by is toothpaste for burns. I mean, minor burns. You know when you are cooking and you accidentally touch a hot pan or get one of those annoying steam burns. Put toothpaste on it, and I think you will find it takes the burn out.

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  5. We use fish oil for our ADHD kids to help them focus.

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  6. Oh man this sounds just like my grandparents. BUt my grandpa was right on one thing. Whiskey and ginger ale and honey (lots of whiskey) is the best thing at night for a cold. Beats the crap out of the side effects of Nyquil too~

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  7. My husband is the poster child for Oil of Oregano! He swears it cures everything!

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  8. I think some of the old fashion methods actually work and are a lot less expensive!

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