Login

History Record View

Title: More Home Remedies
File Attachment:
Attachment Type:
Text:

Ever hear of Mrs. Kelly's Green Salve? It was home-made by Mrs. Newt Kelly. She heated mutotn tallow fat to a thick liquid, then stirred in some Paris Green - and it worked!

For a boil or similar infection, you wore a flax-seed poultice to draw the area to a drainage point.

Stepping on a rusty nail or like metal object, some one made you a pair of crutches and you wore a bandage piece of fat meat soaked in turpentine, to draw out any infection. There were no tetanus shots in those days!

There was another patented cure-all known as Egyptian Salve - in stick form you heated the wax - with its healing medicaments, over a flame - then let the hot drops fall on the afflicted point - to stick and cool.

For a fever blister or cold sore, you painted the area with a silver nitrate stick. Of course everything turned black - usually disappearing in a week's time!

If you were subject to bilious attacks, head-aches, etc, it meant a round of calomel - one ot two pills taken every half hour for five doses. You always felt better the next day! Better than taking a tablespoonful of caster oil!

For the children's ear-ache there was a cifar, kept in a jar with a lid. Mother occasionally had to fire it up and blow smoke into the aching ears.

If you had foot trouble, each night you would get out the foot-pan, fill it partly with water, pour in some undiluted sheep dip and soak your feet for a while.

Your hands had to be taken care of for chapping, drying, or cracking, especially at corn shucking time, and in the winter. Your went to the drug store and had the druggist make you a mixture of glycerin, witch hazel, and bay rum. When applied at bed time, it usually did the job - 25 cents would usually buy 8 or 10 ounces.

Adhesive tape was unknown. If you cut your finger you dabbedon some full strength iodine, then some salve, wrapped it in a clean piece of cloth and tied it up with some grocery store string.

There was always the inevitable "summer complaint", August dysentery, cramps, etc., from eating (too early) green apples, fruit, or drinking contaminated water. A few drinks of Blackberry Cordial, with its low alcoholic content, always proved to be a cure, even for children!

Nose bleeds were common and the treatments varied, even to holding a cold pair of scissors in the middle of the victim's back.

Every first, second, third, or fourth grade teacher - more often the first grade teacher - had to deal with being called upon to be a dentist and extract a loose dediduous (Baby) tooth- usually one of the front "baby" teeth!

Date: 9/1/1989
Origin: Backward Glances
Author: Harold C. Dimmich
Record ID: 00000120
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection:
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

Information in this record is provided for personal research purposes only and may not be reproduced for publication. If you have questions about copyright issues contact the archive source listed above.