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granny's Healthy Tips

Updated on September 14, 2009

Recipe For Healthy Living

Granny's healthy tips
Old, young, or lame, no one went to a doctor while granny was alive. True peasants of the earth, my grandparents did not believe a doctor's remedies were any better than those at home.

Both lived well into their 80's and I don't remember their going to a doctor- ever. Of course, they complained all the time about aches and pains and soothed their ills with various herbs and potions. Perhaps you had a granny who was familiar with some of them. They ate healthily and cheaply. Sons and daughters lived long lives and followed similar dietary and healthy rules

. 1. Against the wisdom of the day, she forced exercise of arthritic limbs, daily for a few minutes then ice to minimize swelling.

2.For insomnia, the remedy was to scrub floors until exhaustion forced the scrubber to bed.

Grannie was hard on everyone but worked everyday until the day she died. She enjoyed holiday gatherings and loved bingo and classical music and poetry.

3. For clean teeth and gums, baking soda and a toothbrush with salt water rinse seemed to hold off gum disease.

4. Adults should never shovel snow or coal when a kid is around to do it for them.. Strenuous exercise is not good for those not used to it.

5. Granny didn't know a thing about antioxidants but there was an abundance of fruits and vegetables at every table and between meals. There was plenty of fresh berries, grapes , and apples.

6. There were meatless days, fish days, and meat in stew days. Fresh fish with a little red wine was available often in the summer. Eggs were served with breakfast only for those working outside the home.. Kids ate fruit and oatmeal with a little condensed milk, toast and homemade jelly. Lunch was peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, and a cookie. The school furnished orange juice on demand in the winter. Greens came out of the garden. Green tomatoes were canned for winter use. Pickles and sauerkraut were made and stored in large crocks. Steaks were rare, however, lean, wild game such as deer and rabbit were broiled and common in the winter.

7. Cola drinks and caffeine were forbidden to children in grannies home. Raw sugar was rare and only small amounts of honey were used as sweeteners. Chocolates and ice cream were eaten at Christmas ,Easter, and Halloween, although most treats were fruit and an occasional quarter.

8. Cuts, puncture wounds, stings, bruises, animal bites, and poisonous sumac and poison ivy were treated with groundhog grease. It must have had similar properties to petroleum jelly. It worked, and worked well. Colds and especially flu and whooping cough were treated with a poultice consisting of garlic and raw onion with mysterious herbs. Warm salt water was gargled for a sore throat. Not once did the writer see a patent medicine in the house, though there were other things like Epson salts and Mercurochrome., a staple for the avoidance of bacterial infection. Tincture of alcohol and hard cider had their uses for adults only.

9. Illness was usually no bar to work. In fact, work was considered part of the cure. Everyone worked at a regular job at or in the home. Kids worked in the garden, chopped wood for winter, carried coal also for winter use, and took care of the animals. There were cats and dogs, a pig or a cow, grown for 4-H, and fruit to pick from the orchards. Berries had to be gathered for canning, usually a hundred quarts at a time. The writer had a Saturday job at the grinding mill where he swept and carried and loaded grain for customers. When horse shows were in town he loaded grain at the mill then unloaded it at the horse show.

10.Sunday was held as a day of rest and to go to church, both morning and evening services. Kids went to summer Bible School, though it was held at a different denominational church. Grannie believed strongly that churches provided the moral teachings which she had lived and practiced all her life. She was right as rain and she never judged another human being nor turned a hungry soul away who agreed to a little work. She saw five of her sons go to war and two grandsons. She and “pappy” lived in the same house they moved into right after marriage until the day they died.

 For one's own health, she strongly believed each day started with a clean slate. She refused to get involved in political discussions. Women belonged in the home, raising children, however, when pappy become disabled from working in the coal mines, she went to work. she never accepted a penney of charity but was quick to volunteer her own. She was judgmental at times but would correct herself almost immediately.

Finally, manners and respect for the elderly, the disabled, the poor who were trying, and the breadwinner were absolutes. success was a goal but one had to be careful of too much pride. Times were simple but as they became more complex she felt she had the right tools for all times. A remedy was available for any situation.


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