Stories of Natural Cures for Common Ailments
Readers share stories of old-fashioned natural cures.
One natural cure for pink eye involved putting cloth rag full of raw potatoes over the eyes.
Illustration By Brian Orr
The long travel distance between many small farms and the
nearest town necessitated the use of homemade remedies for common ailments such
as pink eye, an ear ache, or a sore throat.
These natural cures could involve blowing tobacco smoke in
the aching ear of a child or using goose grease to get rid of croup. While
these homemade remedies may seem out of date, what could the harm be in trying
them? After all, most of these readers admit to trying the natural cures as
adults after growing up with them as children.
Enjoy these CAPPER’s reader stories of yesteryear; when
milk-soaked bread still came in handy for curing finger cuts and cod liver oil
was consumed for overall good health.
Stories of Natural Cures
Mamie Had Homemade Remedies for All Ailments
Family Makes Made-From-Scratch Drawing Salve
Sassafras Tea Used to Cleanse the Blood
Grandma’s Medical Treatment Consisted of Natural Remedies
Saltwater Cure for Sore Throat and Poison Ivy
Home Remedies Were Necessary
Mom Was Ready With Tried and True Treatments
Turnips Ease Pain in Heel
Grandma Used Folk Medicine for Natural Cures