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Rodney Mills
19th July 2012, 07:50 PM
My father was by no means a viscous man, neither did he have much of a sense of humor. I can only remember him giving me a wallop once. It came about like this.

My dad was a 'clippy' (conductor) on the London buses. One day he limped into the house looking down in the mouth, proper crook. My aunt Jean asked him what was wrong, "I've got great big boil on me bum" he replied. Aunt Jean said she would have a look, so he coyly eased his trousers down one side of his backside, sure enough, dead center of his cheek is a large angry looking boil, but not quite ripe as they said back then in England. Aunt Jean said "We can draw it out". So into an empty clean milk bottle, she pours about half a cup of boiling water and with a long lighted kitchen match in her other hand, places the large mouth of the bottle over dad's boil and the match under the bottle bringing the water back to boiling pitch to create a suction. Had it worked as planned the suction would have drawn the pustular--sounds much nicer than pus--from the boil, splattering it into the water and leave a nice clean crater in the center of the deflated boil. However, the suction became too strong and the mouth of the bottle too large. Half of dad's left buttock, boil and all, was sucked into the milk bottle, dad screamed, jumping up and down, trying to pull his trousers up with one hand and yank the bottle off with the other, aunt Jean rushes to the fire place and grabs poker, dad starts running around the room, my sister starts to cry and I'm rolling on the couch laughing my head off. That's when it happened, 'I copped a right hander' as dad ran past, aunt Jean smashed the bottle, glass everywhere.

I think there should be a warning on all milk bottles....Warning! Do not use for boils.

Cheers, Lt. Col. Rodney. Alabama Militia ret'd
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Rodney Mills
19th July 2012, 08:06 PM
Ointment for fungus under the toenail is very expensive. This home remedy really works. After showering I took a little vick's vapor rub on my finger and forced it under my toenail then I rubbed some on top of the nail. I did it once a day untill the nail grew back-in looking normal (takes a while) and I continue doing it daily as a maintenance program.

Cheers, Rodney

Rodney Mills
20th July 2012, 12:09 AM
My English Grandma's cure for chillblanes (?) urinate into a pan and soak your toes in it...no sharing.

For a chest cold (?) (tb or whatever) brown paper slavered with goose fat...(if no goose, lard in a pinch) wrapped tightly of a night time, chest cold gone in ten days...whoopee!

Remember, 200 years ago the standard cure for hemophilia was leeching or bleeding, I'm sure my english granny could do better than that. I thought at least I would get the cure-all prescribed by the purser...two tablespoons full of black-draft (? again)... and if he said "I think we should have the Captain look at that", you wished your mom or granny was there.

Jeez!...Rodney (no titles or honorifics).

happy daze john in oz
20th July 2012, 06:14 AM
Remember when I was young and mum made a cough remedy by hollowing out a swede and filling it with brown sugar.
My great grandad was a bit of a hebalist, I have his book of remedies published in mid 1880's, and I recall him telling me that the root of the dandelion was the key to most herbal remedies. He told me I should look for roots where ever I could. Took his advice but some of those roots got me into a lot of trouble. Maybe I misunderstood what kind of roots he was on about?

alf corbyn
23rd July 2012, 10:16 AM
i used to like rubbing vic on my chest. (she was a girl i knew) victoria.

alf corbyn
23rd July 2012, 10:26 AM
hi rodney. when i worked at enfield cables the girls used to do that to the new boys. stick their JT in a steam filled bottle, and you had to break it to release the vacuum. very dodgy.

John Arton
23rd July 2012, 10:32 AM
Wifes mother was a great believer in Belladonna Plasters for any aches and pains and bacon poultice for chest colds.
My mother was a great believer in syrup of figs or castor oil daily to ensure regular bowel movements (most important that so as to ensure you did not end up full of shite) and a terrible medicine called I think Flamazine or something similar which tasted awful but she insisted pouring down us at the first hint of a sniffle.
rgds
JA

Captain Kong
23rd July 2012, 11:16 AM
My Grandma, always gave me a spoon full of Brimstone and treacle in the 30s, I still dont know why, it was awful, I think she wanted to get rid of me.

captain gordon whittaker
23rd July 2012, 11:40 AM
My old Granny's remedy for sore thoats was to have you gargle with hot water and vinegar, (50/50). It tasted vile but your throat was cured in the morning, honestly. A stye, or eyelid infection was treated by applying a mixture of wet tea leaves and soft bread, as a poultice. The tannic acid drew out the infected core overnight.

Jim Brady
23rd July 2012, 11:48 AM
Not medicinal but my dads (Irishman) preventive action for a future occurrence of an accident.My sister was changing a light bulb the electricity was still on so she recieved an electric shock and fell off the ladder.The remedy HE CHOPPED UP THE LADDER declaring that wont happen again!!!!A true story believe me.
Regards.
Jim.B.

PS.I also remember one of my sisters kids having I think Whooping Cough.There were donkey rides on the beach here at the time and my dads remedy was to take the child to the beach as pass him under the donkey three times

Chris Allman
23rd July 2012, 06:08 PM
When I had a cold, my mother made me sniff warn salt water up my nose. Cleared the nose and made you sick too, bloody awful, she used to have to drag me screaming to the toilet to do it. Also some terrible red stuff called Parish's Food, teaspoon in a small glass of water every morning in winter.

Chris

Captain Kong
23rd July 2012, 08:24 PM
No wonder you ran away to sea,:D Chris.

John Pruden
23rd July 2012, 08:31 PM
i would have joined the foreign legion your mam would have been doing jail nowadays Chris:pjp

Capt Bill Davies
23rd July 2012, 08:43 PM
Not exactly a home remedy but my father used to bring all sorts of remedies back from the Far East. I remember two in particular, Minjap Karaputi Oil and Tiger Balm which although still available are not of the same strength as they were post war when the had an inordinate amount of Opium in them

Bill

Chris Allman
23rd July 2012, 08:45 PM
I suppose she meant well but it was bloody awful the salt water sniffing. It did work but nearly drowned you in the process. Dont know what was better a clear nose and nearly drowning or a blocked nose :D

Chris.

Captain Kong
23rd July 2012, 08:55 PM
Hi Bill,
I bought some Tiger Balm from the Tiger Balm Gardens of the HAW PAW BROTHERS EMPORIUM in the 1950s
It was the real stuff, full of Opium, It was said it could cure a broken Leg.
When I got home my Mother was dying of the Asian Flu, there were many deaths in the epidemic at that time, the Doctor had told Dad there was nothing more he could do, just a question of time then she would be gone.
I gave Dad the Tiger Balm and said rub it all over her chest, it didnt matter anymore, so he did. and also the following days.
A couple of days later she was sitting up and then got up out of bed. and eventually made a full recovery.
A few days after he saw my Mother the Doctor himself had the Asian Flu and died.
I still have some jars of Tiger Balm, but they are no way as good as the original.
The Opium was taken out due to Singapore`s very strict drug laws after Independence..
Cheers
Brian

Capt Bill Davies
23rd July 2012, 09:26 PM
Hi Brian,

You're right about legislation forcing Tiger Balm to remove the main ingredient. Never missed a school day at Mary Mount Convent or St.Anselms. If only the Nuns and Christian Brothers knew why!!!!
The stuff you buy now is a shadow of its former although I still use it. Why?...nostalgia.

Brgds

Bill

Richard Quartermaine
24th July 2012, 07:07 AM
My old Granny's remedy for sore thoats was to have you gargle with hot water and vinegar, (50/50). It tasted vile but your throat was cured in the morning, honestly. A stye, or eyelid infection was treated by applying a mixture of wet tea leaves and soft bread, as a poultice. The tannic acid drew out the infected core overnight.

My Yorkshire Mum always applied hot bread poultices to boils and other infections. Can't recall the tea leaves but some would have sugar.
They always did the trick.
As for colds, they take two weeks to get over. With treatment it only takes a fortnight. Although I have to admit I have a spray bottle of salt water that I always use to spray up my nostrils and in my mouth and throat when I get a cold or have been in very crowded closed areas.

Richard Q

John Pruden
24th July 2012, 07:14 AM
soap and sugar in a paste to draw out boils my nan did put the hot bottle on one and they worked no drugs in your system its to easy now to throw a pill down your neck.:pjp

alf corbyn
24th July 2012, 10:24 AM
a tablespoonful of cod liver oil and malt every morning. can't remember having a cold very often and if you did it was a boiling hot baisin of water with a towel over your head and breathe in the fumes. i think it was euclyptus oil/ it certainly got rid of the sniffles. i also remember going to school licking a lump of salt. don't know what for.

Captain Kong
24th July 2012, 10:29 AM
After reading some of these "medications" today all those mothers would be locked up and the children adopted for Child Cruelty.
How times change.
Brian.

Rodney Mills
24th July 2012, 06:42 PM
I just thought of another. If in the winter months road repair was underway, every child with a cold was made to stand around the mobile tar boiler and breath in the fumes. I am not sure if it was the tar fumes or the massive influx of casinogens into our baby pink lungs that made breathing a little easier.

Cheers, Rodney

Keith Tindell
24th July 2012, 07:29 PM
In the 50`s i was given great big jars of cod liver oil and malt, because i was so underweight at school, used to love the stuff, great big spoonfuls at a time. Now at 72 i am a great big fat sod, so it must have worked KT

John Pruden
24th July 2012, 07:58 PM
my nan always said eat your crusts you will have curly hair yeah only around my ar.e there is none on my head:pjp

Tony Wilding
24th July 2012, 10:53 PM
my mum said eat your crusts and u will grow up handsome, i must be immune, !
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happy daze john in oz
25th July 2012, 06:29 AM
a tablespoonful of cod liver oil and malt every morning. can't remember having a cold very often and if you did it was a boiling hot baisin of water with a towel over your head and breathe in the fumes. i think it was euclyptus oil/ it certainly got rid of the sniffles. i also remember going to school licking a lump of salt. don't know what for.

Lump of salt mate, times were hard that was your breakfast!

Red Lead Ted
25th July 2012, 07:44 PM
We were made to follow the steam roller by my Grand Mother the best cure for Whooping cough it did work Regards Terry;)

Red Lead Ted
25th July 2012, 07:50 PM
Eat your carrots,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, You never see a rabbit wearing glasses ? :confused: Terry.

happy daze john in oz
26th July 2012, 06:26 AM
Of course you had to follow it, only ones in front were those who wanted their pants pressed!