I always thought my mother was a witch. Not the she’s-such-a-terrible-person-so-I’ll-call-her-a-witch-witch, but the hokus-pokus kind of witch. The reason? She had a lot of weird home remedies that she would use on us when we were sick.
If we had an earache, she would put a paper cone into the affected ear and light the other end on fire. If we had a headache, she would cut up slices of raw potato and put a piece on each temple tied with a bandana. If we had a fever, she would put raw slices of tomato on the soles of our feet. And those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head!
As it turns out, I was able to find that one of my mother’s home remedies has some merit! I found a website called Gomestic that lists 12 Amazing Uses of Potato. Yup, you guessed it! #3 on the list was “Take a half sliced raw potato and rub it on your temples to get relief from headache.” Witches brew, indeed.
Here are some other bizarre home cures that I found interesting…
A loved one has stinky feet, wipe the offending feet with a vodka-soaked washcloth. Vodka contains alcohol, which is antiseptic and drying, so it destroys the odor-causing nastiness. (Or you can use regular rubbing alcohol and make yourself a martini with the
•If you suffer from calluses and corns, use licorice!
•If you or someone you love suffers from eczema, use olive oil!
•Got motion sickness? Suck on an olive…or a lemon!
•UTI? Use baking soda!
•Your kid’s got warts? Use duct tape!
For more information about how these items work, click on over to this post for the details.
Do you have any interesting home remedies that have been passed down from generations past? Please share!
Other items in the news that caught my eye:
Hilary Clinton’s mother Dorothy Rodham passed away on November 1st, 2011. She was 92. My thoughts are with the Clinton and Rodham families, and especially Hilary during this difficult time. For a nice slideshow of Dorothy Rodham’s travels with Hilary, click on over to this Jezebel post.
And, in case you didn’t know – Diane Sawyer will be interviewing Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The interview will air on Monday, November 14th at 10pm on ABC. Don’t forget to set your DVR’s!
What else is going on?