These remedies were used by Pioneers
and are not recommended for today's use.
SORE THROAT - Chew freshly cut spruce gum or tie a small salt
herring snugly around the neck. The throat will feel much better.
HIGH FEVERS - Roasted beef kidneys tied to the soles of the
feet break a fever. These fibrous organs will hold heat indefinitely
and induce sweating thus temporarily lowering body temperature.
FLU AND THE LIKE - A camphor cake secured in a flannel bag
worn around the neck will ward off flu and other infectious diseases.
Because of the fumes, no one will come close enough to you to pass
COLD SORES - Put honey faithfully on the sore every hour.
If applied all day this will make any girl blemish-free and ready
for a box social by night. This also works on shingles, burns, and
warts, but healing takes longer.
ARTHRITIS AND OTHER ACHES - Heat bear fat to a warm
grease and rub on painful parts. Wrap in warm flannel. Applied
heat is effective to relieve pain and inflammation, and oiled
flannel holds warmth. Save any discarded animal fat. For
other aches you can fill a woolen sock with coarse salt,
tie both ends and heat it. Hot flat salt packs ease all
sorts of body pains.
- Apply a poultice of brown sugar and soap shavings.
- Apply a Vicks poultice.
- Take 1 cup of corn meal, 2 onions cut up fine, 2
ounces of laundry soap; mix and apply as a hot poultice.
- Wear a necklace of nutmeg. The less adventurous
can use a plain bread poultice.
SEVERE CUTS - Gather cobwebs, pack tightly to
the wound, and bleeding will stop. Spiders spin natural
silk. The fibrous network of the web is structurally
similar to the soluble protein fibrinogen in our blood
that hastens clotting.
COUGH - Grandma made her own Formula 44.
She boiled 1/4 cup of molasses, one tablespoon. each of
butter and vinegar, and a small onion.
MRS. NEWTON'S remedy for bronchitis and
colds was the syrup made with brown sugar and
STINGS - Put mud on any sting to stop the swelling.
This advice was given by a doctor.
FOR HEALING - Verda Farries - Aloe Vera Jel
applied on any sore.
- Lay down with a damp cloth on forehead and
thinly sliced potatoes on cloth, when potatoes turn
dark the headache will be gone.
- Apply medicated ointment to the forehead.
- For painful points apply equal parts of vinegar
- Put some cucumbers in a pot over a slow fire,
add a little salt and leave over the fire for an hour.
Press the juice from the cucumbers, bottle tightly
and place in the cellar for a week. Wet a flannel
cloth with this liquid and apply to the painful parts.
- Sell your wart to someone for five cents.
- Rub raw potatoes on the wart then bury the
potatoes. When the potato is rotten the wart
will be gone.
DIARRHEA - Linnea Bowen - Mix 1/2 tsp.
coal soot and 1/2 tsp. of sugar and eat it.
CURE FOR CORNS - Put castor
oil on cotton batten, put on corn, repeat for a few
STOMACH CRAMPS - Rawleigh's
red liniment and cream.
HICCUPS - Eat 1 tsp of sugar.
PRAIRIE ITCH - Take a bath,
then rub on red pirsifit and lard.
RING WORM - Rub on gun powder and
lard. For a pain always give a dose of salts
HEADACHE - mix 1/4 c. lemon juice and
1/4 c. of cold water. Drink
HAIR DYE - Grandma used sage tea made
from brewing garden sage, with sulphur and alcohol
added to bring back color to grey hair.
CHEST CONGESTION - Old Fashioned Mustardice
- Mix together 1 1/2 cup flour and three level tablespoons
of Keen's dry mustard.
- Using warm water, mix flour and mustard to a paste thick
enough to spread on an old cloth or two or three thickness
of newspaper. It should be large enough to turn the edges
under and large enough to cover the chest.
- Cover with a towel and watch it closely.
- As soon as the chest turns quite pink, remove the poultice.
Turn it over and place it on the person's back. As soon as
the person's back is quite pink, remove it and discard the
- After removing poultice, put a small amount of vaseline on
chest and back.
- Keep person warm
ONION COUGH SYRUP - Take a large onion and chop fine.
Cover with sugar and let it rest for a while. Add 1 tablespoon
of water. Letting it sit will draw the onion flavor out of the onion.
Use the liquid for cough syrup.