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Little Known Health Remedies

Updated on March 15, 2013

Old Time Cures-Aren't They Great?

Since the beginning of time people have been self diagnosing and treating their everyday and serious life threatening illnesses. Of course, way back in the day they had little choice. There were not a whole lot of doctors in their areas. Many of the doctors that were available were not trained and some were thought of as little better than butchers.

So, the health and well being of family members was left to the mercies of the female head of the family. Remedies were passed down from mother to daughter, neighbor to neighbor. Some of them were excellent and some of them made you wonder "What were they thinking?".

I had a wonderful time researching the in's and out's of home remedies. I found some that made a whole lot of sense and some that I found down right funny. Please remember, this hub is about fun, not about actually curing someone. As always, speak to your doctor before using any type of remedy. I will be sharing both types of remedies with you. I hope you have as fun reading this as I had researching and writing it.


Remedies That Tickle the Funny Bone

  • A favorite old time cure for anemia was to eat raw liver and drink fresh blood.
  • If your child has asthma stand him up against a tree and drive a nail in the tree an inch above his head. If the child grows an inch in the next year, the asthma will disappear.
  • A favorite belief for preventing cancer was to eat three almonds a day and you will not die from cancer.
  • To help prevent a cold, eat an onion sandwich and wash your hair.
  • For scrapes and cuts find a spiderweb, wad it into a ball and apply to the wound. It will help stop the bleeding and help prevent infection.
  • To rid yourself of a headache, Sleep with a pair of scissors under your pillow. The next morning the headache will be gone.
  • An old time cure for rabies was to sear the bite with a hot iron. This was supposed to keep you from going crazy.
  • This remedy was used to help treat measles. Put burned cornmeal in a tobacco bag and hang it around the neck.
  • Kerosene oil was poured over a deep cut or wound will clot the blood and stop the bleeding.
  • To rid yourself of a bothersome wart simply hold it against a dead body.
  • When plagued with hiccups, simple have someone hold your ears while you drink water.

  • For an ingrown toenail just cut a hole in a potato, and stick it on your toe. It will draw the infection out.


Some More Familar Cures

  • For a bee, wasp, or jellyfish sting put meat tenderizer on it and a band-aid. You will soon be sting free.
  • To get gum out of your hair slather it with peanut butter and use ice to harden it and work it out.
  • For coughs drink tea with honey and lemon.
  • To cure a headache drink lots of water.
  • For a sunburn drizzle vinegar all over your body. The ascorbic acid will help take out the sting.
  • Or you can take a tea bath. The ascorbic acid in tea helps take out the sting and burn. Fill you tub with cool water, add some tea bags and jump in.
  • For leg cramps that occur in the middle of the night, keep a bar of soap in your bed.
  • For arthritis, boil some cabbage leaves, let cool slightly, apply warm leaves to the joints bothering you and wrap with a towel.
  • For a chest cold mix together camphor and goose grease and rub it on your chest.
  • For an earache press a warm water bottle against the ear.
  • To help rid yourself of that painful migraine headache slice raw potatoes on a piece of white cotton,sprinkle with pepper and apply to your forehead.
  • For a toothache hold a cold compress against the area that is aching.
  • For bedsores pour a honey and sugar poultice over the sore. It will remove the poison.
  • For food poisoning drank a swallow or two of apple cider vinegar.
  • For that bad toothache rub clove oil into your gums.

Would you ever try any of these old time remedies?

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      onegoodwoman, I'm not sure but it would not surprise me any.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, Some of these cures are still being used. Some of them are just funny. I enjoy sharing the unusual.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      viewfinders, I found many funny remedies. They still make me chuckle. I can't imagine how some of them became known as remedies for anything.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thelma C, I use the honey with lemon remedy. I think I like yours better. That little extra ingredient would surely make you feel better.

    • onegoodwoman profile image


      5 years ago from A small southern town

      LOVE IT!

      the only thing that seems to be the " chicken pee" for an earache!

      Love this old time folklore rememdy!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, the eat and onion and wash your hair tale sounds like it would help you get a cold. Sometimes the remedy is worst than the affliction.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      livingsta, some of them do tickle the funny bone. I think they fall under "What were they thinking?"

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      anglnwu, some of them are quite funny. Some of them have stood the test of time and are used by people today.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most interesting about these cures and still used traditionally, voted up and interesting

    • viewfinders profile image


      5 years ago from India

      thanks for sharing such funny and some useful old remedies with us.

      voted interesting ,

      In Some part of the world(especially in india) a special type of fish is eaten for curing asthma .

    • ThelmaC profile image

      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      5 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      We use the cough cure quite often: tea, honey and lemon. But down here in the south we add a little moonshine to it. It doesn't always cure your cough but it makes you forget you have one!

      I think my favorite on your list is the cure for warts.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Love your old time remedies, KKGals. In particular the one that states: "To help prevent a cold, eat an onion sandwich and wash your hair."

      I don't know about the washing your hair bit but I can practically guarantee that eating an onion sandwich will prevent colds. No one would dare to get close enough to you to spread their germs.

    • livingsta profile image


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      The first part was funny! Thank you for sharing!

    • anglnwu profile image


      5 years ago

      Haha, got to laugh at some of these ideas, though, I'm sure some of them must have worked. Interesting hub and rated up.


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