Home Remedies/Old Wives Tales

  1. Okay, I have some issues with some of the ways my mom would "Nurse" me back to health as I was growing up, here's a few things I had to endure......(I'm not sure any of them ever worked, but she swore by them, and so we had to be her little Guinea pigs lol...)

    Ingrown Toenail- Cut a whole in a potato stick it on your toe, it draws the infection out.

    Cough- Vicks vapor rub, applied to both feet then cover with socks, cures cough over night.

    Misquito bites- Macuracome? don't even know how to spell the Iodine crap, or use Vick's vapor rub for any itch.

    Sunburn- Vinegar bedbath, oh what a nice smell.

    Fever- Rubbing alcohol bedbath.

    Constipation- Prune Juice, I know, I know it works, but when your 7, isn't there something we could think of that is more enjoyable for the little kiddies?

    Overdose- Induce vomiting with mustard and water, never worked on me, cuz I can drink mustard water alllll day long, just one of my fave's on a hot afternoon.


    Well, I'm sure there is more, I know there is more, but it's ya'lls turn.....
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   Cubby
    Overdose- Induce vomiting with mustard and water, never worked on me, cuz I can drink mustard water alllll day long, just one of my fave's on a hot afternoon.

    ??? Mustard Water on a hot day??!! Makes my stomach go.. ooopppsss just thinking about this! My what a brave person you are. Could you possibly explain the 'Mustard water' a little better, what does it do for you, what does it taste like?? Inquiring minds want to know!!!
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I'm going to try vicks on my feet tonight. I'll tell you how it works.
    Had a nagging cough all week.
    -R
  5. by   LPN4Life
    ??? Mustard Water on a hot day??!! Makes my stomach go.. ooopppsss just thinking about this! My what a brave person you are. Could you possibly explain the 'Mustard water' a little better, what does it do for you, what does it taste like?? Inquiring minds want to know!!!
    Ohhh no, that was sarcasm.........I still remember, I kid you not I was but the tender age of 4. I got in the cough syrup, and she gave me mustard water, it did the trick, no need for epicac, believe me...........
    No, I hated all of these little remedies, and they still stick with me cuz they were so bizarre lol.............
  6. by   nurseunderwater
    i'm trying the vicks on my feet tonight as well.............

    R - must be an interstate cough we've got.......hate the little tickle.

    night

    xxoo
    Kate
  7. by   PBAJS
    Feed a cold and starve a fever!

    Colds - Big bite of a raw onion.
    Cuts - If a dog licks your cut then your cut will get better faster.
    Cuts and Burns - Apply Sayman Salve.
    Diaper Rash - Cornstarch.
    Eye Sty - Hold a warm tea bag on your eye.
    Hiccups - Hold your breath for as long as possible; Drink water upside down; Have someone scare you.
    Sore Throat - Gargling warm salty water.

    ??? -anyone remember what "cup of warm milk with melted butter" was for?

  8. by   leslie :-D
    for infants with thrush in their mouth/tongue- ginsian violet (sp) instead of nystatin susp.....when my son, who was a preemie, used to get thrush and the nystatin was slow to heal it. my mother in law told me about ginsian (pronounced ginshen) violet. i went to the pharmacy and actually found it and it worked like a charm. the thrush was completely gone within 24 yrs. but his mouth looked like purple koolaid.
  9. by   BBFRN
    Bee stings- baking soda mixed with water to form a paste. Or wet tobacco- works surprisingly well.

    Mercurichrome and Vick's Vapor Rub for everything. Remember the Vick's Vaporizors that you would pour the mentholyptus oil into?

    Headaches- Weeping Widow bark...also works surprisingly well, but you have to chew it and it tastes awful.

    Allergies- Chamomile tea

    hmmm...trying to remember more, but I have to go to bed...lol.
  10. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Castor oil and cod liver oil- for everything.
  11. by   Gompers
    Mercurichrome/Macuracome?

    Is that the dark pink stuff? My grandma's fingers were always covered with it when she was a seamstress because of all her pin pricks and ragged nails.


    Dunno about letting a dog lick my cuts though. Have those people ever followed a dog around all day to see what kind of other stuff they lick? :uhoh21:
  12. by   Ned the Red
    Hey, quit complaining about your moms. Mine was an RN so I know how ALL of you are! Every time I got hurt she would poke and press on it. Hey, it already hurts, I don't need you to make it feel worse. But, it never failed: Does THAT hurt? Heck yes it hurts - that's why I came to you in the first place mom!

    Sigh, all I wanted was for her to make it feel better and she had to ASSESS it first.
  13. by   dianah
    re: headaches and Weeping Willow bark: I believe the bark contains something similar to aspirin; you just have to figure out how much bark to chew, depending on how concentrated the dose is in that particular piece of bark.

    Hmmm, gentian violet for thrush, eh? Interesting!

    I've heard of vinegar for a sunburn!

    Mercurochrome, I do remember it but haven't used it in ages . . . can one still get it at the drugstore??

    I was once told by a MD (kind of a naturopath, as well as an MD) a cure for an earache: Roll up a piece of paper into a cone, tip your head to the side, affected ear toward the ceiling. Insert the small end of the cone into the ear, and light the other end of the cone. As it burns (take it away before it burns you, of course!), it will create air flow that will equalize the pressure behind the ear with the pressure on the other side, and the earache will be gone. (I've never tried it . . .)
  14. by   Ned the Red
    My grandmother told me that her mother would give them "tar water" in the spring to thin their blood. Not sure how you'd manage to dissolve tar in water, though.

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