I recently had a discussion about old-school home remedies. You know the type--alcohol rubs, steam from the sink, Vicks. God bless Vicks.
Grandma's cure for everything was Mercurochrome.
She had this very same bottle, and I remember at the time thinking the bottle looked old even back then. I know that my fingers or toes, or whatever cut I had was stained orange for at least a day from this stuff.
I don't know where Grandma ever came up with the concept of putting butter on burns. To me that seems like putting oil on a fire. But through all of these home remedies, I prevailed, so maybe there was something to them. In this era of health care woes, a towel over the head and a steaming sink seem like a more economical alternative.
When I was young I didn't like the color of my eyes. I wanted brown eyes. Well, through KidsWordOfMouth.net I learned that if you put lemon drops into blue eyes, they would turn brown. Yes, in my infinite wisdom, I tried this. I didn't even have the pretty little bottle of stock lemon juice. I cut a lemon and squeezed it into my eye (pulp and all). For an hour I squinted through slits into the mirror to see if my eyes would change color. They did not.
In my youth I spent every waking moment in the Florida sun. I can remember calling my mother from Buccaneer Bay and crying, "Mom, I'm burned." To which she would calmly respond, "Well then get out of the sun dear." I didn't listen. By the time I got home, she had a muumuu waiting for me because all clothes hurt. She would walk out on the back porch and chop yucca leaves and squeeze their guts out on my arms. Picture little Maureen in a muumuu with her sticky arms held out straight at her sides for about three hours. Noxzema was also great on sunburn...for about thirty seconds.
Have you ever thrown any crazy homemade remedies into your books? What are some of the treatments that you've personally attempted and will pass on to your children?