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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Head Cold



Well, I have decided that all this hype on TV about colds and the flue has given me a nasty old head cold. You know the one your head feels like mush and your nose is stuffy and then its runny and the more medicine you take the worse you feel. Well that's what I have got. Now I just teed to get rid of it and fast!!

My grandmother believed in a lot of herbs and medicines and had a cure for everything - even the common cold. She used Mullein tea for bronchitis, a mustard plaster for congestion, or a clove or two of garlic crushed and stirred into some warm milk. Now that may not cure your cold but it will sure scare the heck out of one.

To cure the sore throat you had to gargle with salt water and she always told me "drink a little bit, it'll help". A tall glass of liniment was always in order too. That'll stop your cough. We had this couple who used to come around about once a month selling Raleigh products . There was always a bottle of this liniment in the cupboard. Any time you got sick you were made to drink this vile tasting stuff. It must have worked because it is still on the market today.

Camphorated salve was another cure, my grandmother would grease my chest, the bottoms of my feet, dress me in my flannel nightgown and into bed underneath the big featherbed I would go. I dont know if it was the salve, the flannel or the heat but it always cured me.


Since my grandmother isn't here to take care of me I will load up on on all these newfangled drugs and go back to bed and hope I feel better by morning.

A man went to see his doctor because he was suffering from a miserable cold. His doctor prescribed some pills, but they didn't help.On his next visit the doctor gave him a shot, but that didn't do any good.On his third visit the doctor told the man to go home and take a hot bath. As soon as he was finished bathing he was to throw open all the windows and stands in the draft."But doc," protested the patient, "if I do that, I'll get pneumonia.""I know," said his physician. "I can cure pneumonia."

That's it for today.

7 comments:

Gypsy said...

I'm so sorry to hear you have a bad cold and feel terrible. Hope you get better quick! Try the Vick's salve - it worked back then and probably would work now, if you can put up with the aroma!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Ooh so sad that you are under the weather! Of course there are the old standbys of chicken soup and lemon tea? Hope you feel better soon!

Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

We hope you'll feel better soon, cause if you don't, you might just have to drink some of that liniment. That would scare the cold outa me!

Leno said...

Sorry you are not feeling well Jenny. Take good care and try some of those old remedies, bet they do work..

Jim and Dee said...

I remember all those that you mentioned. Also, add caster oil, that fixed everything.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Here is another old remedy for you:
"COLDS:
Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses."

Hope you feel better soon,
Happy Trails, Penny, TX

Debbie and Rod said...

Got anything for laryngitis??

Debbie