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Wart remedy: my grandmother told me to steal someone's dish rag and hide it, she said to tell no one. The wart was gone in two weeks!

I AM TAKING A CLASS IN APPALACHIAN CULTURE AND AM COMPILING A BOOKLET OF "OLD-TIME" HOME REMEDIES, HERBAL REMEDIES, AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE. PLEASE SHARE YOUR FAVORITE FAMILY REMEDIES. INCLUDE YOUR NAME OR RELATIVES NAME SO THAT IT CAN BE CITED. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP
MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS ddsibert@frontier.com .

For Brian in WV, I have always used Maalox and Aquaphor mixed together in a paste for my babies diaper rashes...I swear by it! The thickness of the aquaphor and the mint of the maalox seemed to do the trick for mine.

Tipper, I really liked the stories about medicine and my grandmother grew up with the Indians and they taught her so many herbs and cures. My mother Miss Julie doctored us herself from her mothers herbs knowledge and they worked too.
tipper your web site is so enlighten to al lot of people. We love and enjoy every thing you post.

Tipper, This is for Brian from WV , Lard is the best for a diaper rash. When my kids were babies we kept those gas drops for babies in business, Can't think of the name of them but they worked wonders. We also bounced our oldest on a pillow on his tummy each evening until it wore off. He had the colic for 6 months. By then we thought he just liked laying on his tummy and being bounced. hahaha

Brian--Thank you for commenting on my site! Yikes I'm sorry about the colicky baby. I don't have any old time remedies for either aliment-but maybe someone else will chime in on the site and leave a comment. I do remember one of my girls had a horrible diaper rash-and the doctor gave her magic butt cream that was really the name of it-the pharmacist mixed it up right there in the store. Maybe you could ask if they've ever heard of it-if you haven't already tried it.

Best wishes for the newborn-and you and your wife!


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Hello, I ran across your site as I was doing a search on bluegrass music. My wife and I have a one month old at the house. Very colicky with gas and bad crying, doctor suggested gas drops and that was it. Didn't help. Also very bad diaper rash, the creams don't seem to be solving it for him. Any help appreciated. Brian in WV.

My mother used to make a cough syrup from an onion for my son who had asthma as a child and no perscribed cough syrup would help. She would peel an onion and slice it. Between each layer she would put a teaspoon of sugar. Place the onion in a saucer and cover. When the sugar disolved it would make a syrup. Give the syrup to the child and coughing would quieten down and he could get some rest.

My great-grandmother swore by acifidity bags. She wore one from the first day of Fall to the first day of Summer to ward off colds, flu, and such. My grandmother said the reason they worked was that they smelled so bad that no one, diseased or otherwise, would get close to you. So, you were safe.

My great-grandmother was also a great believer in castor oil. OMG! Just the memory of it makes me shiver. It looked like corn syrup when she was pouring in into the spoon, but, YUK!!! It sure didn't taste like it. I'll never forget running and hiding every time I saw her get that bottle out.

Another thing she did was to drink a cup of hot water every morning. She didn't drink coffee or tea, but she said a cup of hot water every morning kept you "regular." She lived to be in her 80's, and was active and sharp-minded up to the last year or so. So, I guess some of the stuff must have worked for her.

Oh, forgot to tell how to use the remedy of turpentine for worms.

Turpentine remedy for worms

2T. Water
1 heaping tsp. surger
1 tsp. of caster oil
1/2 tsp. turpentine

Take 8-9 drops of this in the morning, two mornings in a row. Good to use treatment every three months.

And I guess you should use this at your own risk. But it was used by my Grandfather on all his children and they all survived and lived very long lives.

My Mom told me about a remedy that her father use to give them for worms. It was a spoon of sugar with a drop for turpentine. My Mother past away a couple of years ago so I have no one to ask now about it. So I looked to see if there was a remedy for worms using turpentine. And sure enough someone had posted a turpentine remedy from the Amish.

Recipe as follows...2 T. water, 1 heaping tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. caster oil, 1/2 tsp. turpentine.

Mom said that my brother was having a seizure and she found a huge worm oozing out of his nose blocking his breathing. She said an old man that lived beside her rushed to help and asked if she had any turpentine. He took some on his fingers and started rubbing my brothers throat. The worm came out and my brother recovered.

I just found this web site.
It's actually pretty spot on.
I'm from the hills of east Tenn.
and my Grand mother spent her last 18 months living with my Mother and I.
Her most used remedy was "Lard and turpintine"
There is one key ingredent most leave out, and that is "camphor spirit".
The pure lard keeps the turpintine from burning the skin and the turpintine carries the camphor in to break the congestion. Its a great remedy, but you may have to sleep in the barn.

my mother use to make a thick onion syrup for bad cold's and fever. that did help a lot.
would like to have a recipe for making the onion syrup.
We enjoy reading all of the remedy's of the past, amd some may still use them.
Ruth

I grew up in moonshine country with plenty available from various relatives. Mom didn't like Dad drinking and gave him weeks of @#$% when he did. He decided he could get away with it if it was called a hot toddy. He sure was sick a lot. LOL! When mom brought out the Castor Oil, she needed to bring out the running shoes, too. I would take to the hills until she decided it wasn't worth the fight I put up. Turpentine and sugar for bee stings was the only remedy I ever knew. I still love using Linament when I can find it. I always look forward to my visits back home so I can buy some braided horehound sticks. The box of candy made by Virginia Beauty is the best old timey candy with real horehound. Not available in the big city. Thought my boss was going to fire me when he walked in the office and heard me talking about horehound. Silly city folks....

Thanks for stirring memories, Tipper!

30 years ago when my daughter had so many stomach ales that we just didn't know what to do my grandma said to give her a table spoon of Black Berry Brandy 3x a day, not flavored but the real stuff as she put it. The problems cleared up in two or three days.
When Uncle Sam sent me all over the world I always carried a pint with me and if I started to have a problem it always worked.

I love this old stuff,my great grandmother relyed on alot of this but instead of a pollcat she used groundhog oil for congestion oh it was awlful but brought every ounce of congestion out she'd make us drink 2 tablespons of groundhog oil on top of rubbing ya chest down with it oh how i cringe thinkin bout it for it would bring everything in ya up and out lol..... then she used white liquior, rock candy, lemon and honey with the horehound candy for a cough syrip, 2 to 4 tablespoons she'd give us then she would pile her heavy quilts on us to the point they was hard to move under and we would lay there and sweat the cold out.and as bad as i hated the groundhog oil i have to say it truely worked.for cuts and scrapes she used turpintine and apine oil or lamp oil also healed very well took the infection out red streaks would disappear and ya wouldn't be soar the next day. she used catnip tea and sasafrass tea alot as well.lots of apple cider vinager the works she lived to be 112 years old. she also used alot of ginsang pine needles, salt water, and peppermint water for a child with indegestion or colic. she was cherokee indian.bless her heart she had remedeies for just about everything. when i seen this i automatically thought of her.i use alot of her old remedies still today alot of people laugh at the old peoples ways but we have to perserve our mountian ways so they are not forgotten with the generations to come i so enjoy reading these thank you for posting this have a great day dear.

Matthew, My Granny told me of making sheep turd tea for the black measles! Her mother was a Cherokee, and had made it for all of the family and none died, apparently many did die from black measles back then. I asked my Granny how would anyone think of that for a brew, she had no idea, it was from her Mother! Never heard of the ear treatment, but Granny did paint my tonsils with iodine, which I am now allergic to!

I have heard of most of these my whole life living here in the mountains and real close to the people who put out the foxfire books but I had to chime in and tell Lanny that a polecat refers to a skunk in these parts. Although a weasel for wheezing kind of makes a little more sense because the old timers say that the shape of the leaves on herbs and trees, and roots also correspond with the part of the body they will help.
Anyway, as always I love Blind Pig & Acorn blog, I consider it one of the best.


Sandra the bag contained asafetida-which was made from several different roots. Asafetida was sold in stores usually it came in small lumps.


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My cousin, Peggy, said her mom made her wear an ill-smelling bag around her neck to school and such to ward off flus, etc. An acifidity bag it was called. Can you tell me what the contents of the bag were?

One study found patients wearing copper bracelets absorbed an average of 13 milligrams of copper during a month. http://herbalbeauty.blogtells.com/2009/02/02/winter-savory-tea-relieve-coughs-and-colds/

One that I love is take a bath in ginger tea when you have a cold. It was told to me by my ex's mom who was in her early 80's. Seemed to work for me!

Okay Tipper, my favorite on your list is the one that is new to me. I looked up polecat, found out it is a weasel, so you cook a weasel for wheezing? Too great.

I do onions for a lot of things, and instead of snorting salt water I use a netti pot.

Before I was sick recently I did many of those things feeling the crud coming on especially the honey and ginger, other spices too and a boat load of vitamin c. Kept it at bay until I did too much partying and stopped doing the other things. And yes, prior to modern medicine I would have been dead long ago, or more careful to not get sick. Hope you get over this stuff.

Never as a young child, but in my teens, I recall my dad making my mom and I "hot toddies", which consisted of a shot of whiskey (kept on hand only for medicinal purposes!), a squeeze of lemon, and a spoonful of honey. I'm not sure that it cured what ailed us, but at least we forgot about it for awhile! ;-)

wow. yuck!!!

i love the firefox series!! for years I didn't know there were more than one book! What a treasure

The "tie a man's dirty sock around your throat" has got me in hysterics! Can you imagine?!
We always use the honey and tea treatment, and I've actually had a doctor recommend the salt water snort for a sinus infection.

The honey in the hot tea is one I still use today and the salt water for the nose is one my mom used for the babies. Seemed to help. Now about those where you wear boiled onions around your neck or a mans dirty flannel work shirt around your neck that is kid of scary. But pretty funny too.

My granny used some of these remedies. Her mother was a healer in the true mountain tradition and half cherokee from your part of the country.

sorry you've been so sick - that's no fun! We had lots of coughs and colds last winter too. Ella had strep twice - but never shared - Thank God! So far just a few sniffles and I've related much of that to teething :)

The remedies listed here make me laugh - but I agree, modern medicine is taken from these older traditions. Feel better soon.

I love the Foxfire books.
At our house we use a lot of tea with honey.
I've been drinking about 2 tbs of apple cider vinegar morning & night this winter. Can't say if it's kept me from getting sick, but my skin's clearer and no UTI's.
I try to use garlic & onions often in cooking as a preventative measure.
None of us has had more than mild & short-lived colds all winter, so maybe it works?

Tipper,
This is great about home remedies. The photos are excellent, too.

Some of those make me wonder just exactly those people were doing to make them come up with a remedy.
Pole cat??? EWWWWWW!!
We do use hot toddy's quite often. That's honey, and a little liquor. Or gargle salt water.

We use vinegar for everything. I have tried whiskey for colds. We use honey for stuff too. I always had to gargle salt water as a kid. Yuck. Anyhow, we also used mustard in warm water when you need to...um...puke.

There are some interesting things there. The fat from the pole cat is favorite.

And whenever I have the "crud" and don't want to go to the doctor, I "suck" salty water up my nose. I actually do a sinus rinse twice a day,and not only does it make me feel better when I'm finished, but I have cured myself of more than a few sinus infections that way without a doctor visit.

We too suffered from getting sick a lot. Lemon and RAW honey is almost miraculous around our house.

But the real key, is to build your bodies up. We have basically eliminated white sugar and white flour from our lives and even thought my husband and I are both teachers, surrounded by sick kids all the time, and my 2 young kids are in classrooms surrounded by stuff constantly, it always just passes us by now.

So, easier than remedies, is just prevention. If you are getting sick this much, you might look into food sensitivities (we discovered all dairy and wheat contributed to our ails - strep throat, bronchitis, sinus infections have never returned in years since we steered clear of these irritants)...and look at how much sugar, corn syrup, white flour, etc. is in your diet.

It feels so good to feel good! It's worth it!!

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