Since the leaves have started changing and the evenings are getting cooler we know that fall has arrived. With the changing of the seasons we also know that cold and flu season are right around the corner. Just for kicks we thought it might be fun to start our recipe corner with some good, old-fashioned pioneer remedies. Whether these actually work or not, we don’t know, but it might be worth a try.
1. For sinus pressure and infections, eat raw garlic cloves and/or jalapenos two to three times a day. (If this does not get rid of the sinus infection, it surely will drive all your friends away.)
2. To cure an earache, put a drop of olive oil in each infected ear. (My grandmother did this.)
3. To prevent mumps, carry in your pocket the chip of a log, then rub it on your jaws and throat every so often.
4. To cure fever blisters, kiss a redhead.
5. To soothe an insect bite, cover the bite with wet mud and let the mud dry on the skin.
6. Tu cure acne, make a solution of wheat germ and milk, then rub it on the infected area.
7. To keep ants out of the house, sprinkle cayenne pepper around the walls of the home.
8. To cure hiccups, drink nine sips o water, then walk backwards nine steps. Or while holding your breath, count to 100 backwards.
9. To soothe diaper rash or inflamed skin, rub the rash with cream (from cow’s or goat’s milk). and/or dust the skin with cornstarch.
10. To treat exposure to poison oak, make a solution of Epsom salts and water. Dip the towel in the solution, then hold it over the infected areas. 11. Ground mustard had a number of uses including curing a chest cold. A plaster was made by mixing ground mustard, flour and water, which was then brushed on a cloth and laid on the chest until the skin was hot as fire. Goose grease then was rubbed on the chest to prevent blistering. 12. Gunpowder covered canker sores and was thought to heal them.
Let us know if you have any pioneer remedies and if the do or do not work. Stay healthy this fall and winter season.