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Did those old remedies really work?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Catriona, May 17, 2018.

  1. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I was thinking about 'the old ways' of doing things - as I thought about making some curd cheese, since my favourite maker has stopped producing it.

    Putting whites out on bushes and the grass to bleach them
    Always hanging clothes on a line to dry (I still do!)
    Honey on any sore bit to make it better
    Hot toddy if you were feeling unwell - then off to bed (from childhood!)
    Syrup of figs for constipation.
    Dock leaves for use if you got caught short whist out for a long walk!
    Dock sap if you got stung by nettles

    Just some I remember. Any you remember, which might just have worked?
  2. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    You might be interested that a couple of years ago I was in hospital whilst they sorted a nasty spot on my leg and when I was sent home they provided a honey linctus to rub into it whenever the dressing was changed.

    Don't know about the rest
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  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I remember the hot toddy and for an upset stomach Collis Browne mixture.
    A daily spoonful of malt (I flatly refused cod liver oil)
    Never suffered with constipation, although I do remember syrup of figs but never had it.
    We rarely use the washing line, probably because we rarely have weather good enough, so most stuff is tumble dried. If the weather is nice some stuff is line dried, but never towels.

    Not a remedy, but a money saver, was the hair combs that had blades in so my mum could cut my hair. Not a good idea!
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  4. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Ah yes. We were given malt in the war and it was delicious
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  5. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member


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  6. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    Not allowed outside clothes lines here, just a contraption over the bath, so the tumble dryer gets most of it dry
  7. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Don't know about the effectiveness of dock leaves, but we knew what it meant if you came home with one sock.
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  8. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Don't get the dock and nettle mixed up...

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  9. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    According to JKJ, the best cure for exhaustion caused by liver problems was a clump on the head.

  10. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine was out one night in town when he got caught short on the way home, early hours of the morning. No toilets around. He had to go behind a big biffa bin. He said he had to decide whether to use his socks or his undies. He said his undies were really nice and a good make, so he went home with no socks at all.
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  11. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    The sun would bleach the whites naturally but it would probably take a lot of repeated exposure.
    Clothes on the line will definitely work better, especially on a warm day if there is a bit of a breeze to carry away the evaporated water.
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  12. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Well I still resort to the restorative effects of a hot toddy when I'm bunged up with cold and I had cause to apply dock leaf sap to a nettle sting only last week. My mother would try and make us drink hot milk and honey if we had a sore throat but because of my aversion to milk I used to request just a spoonful of honey on its own. The weather around here is not very reliable for hanging clothes out so I tend to tumble dry most things but I do much prefer bedlinen that has been sun dried. Feels wonderful to climb into! No syrup of figs for us but I remember cod liver oil. And throwing it back up. I also remember a cough mixture (I think) that had to be very well shaken because it naturally separated into a chalky like substance at the bottom and a clearer liquid at the top of the bottle. Can't remember the name. It was vile. Unlike pholcodine which was delicious.

    Anyone else remember cuts and grazes being cleaned with iodine? That used to sting!
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  13. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Hot toddy works for me.
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  14. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Why do people need a cold to have a toddy?

  15. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Do they? Weirdos...
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  16. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

  17. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    And TCP. You could feel it doing you good.
    Then for persistant bad boils in the early fifties you might get penicillin. In those days it was still a rather impure very viscous liquid which required a large syringe with a very thick needle and was injected into muscle, typically the buttock. You certainly felt that. You also knew that after the first dose you had six more on following days. Boils of course were lanced. You felt that as well.
  18. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Afraid I don't know the name as far as we were concerned it was just on a spoon. Nowadays it seems impossible to get except with hops added, which spoils all the fun.
  19. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I can't be people 'cause I don't! ;)
  20. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Ah, J. Collis Brown's Chlorodyne, the opiate of the masses. When the original (laudanum) formula was banned, a schoolfriend's father (a doctor -- and the friend is now a retired doctor too) bought two Winchesters of it; 5 litres in total.

    But yes, Kate, certainly a lot of it works/ worked.



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