When I was in college I took an elective called "American Folk Medicine." One of our assignments was to interview elderly people about home remedies they used back in the day. This was truly fascinating and I wish I still had my notes.
After I wrote that last post, I figured I should probably eat something, but nothing seemed appealing, except for a bottle of chocolate milk. This kind, to be exact:
After I drank the milk, I sat around for awhile with a cat and a book, generally feeling miserable. Only, suddenly I didn't. My fever broke. I even lost interest in the ridiculous reality show that was on. I felt almost...normal.
It seems to be common wisdom not to consume dairy when you have a cold or a flu. And most likely it was coincidence. The worst part of my illness had simply run its course. But just maybe it was the chocolate milk. Who knows? Our ancestors believed in many different remedies that sound crazy today but may have really worked (for a headache, tie a bandanna tightly around your head and then sleep with your head at the foot of the bed?) I'm giving chocolate milk the credit!
Have you heard of any interesting old home remedies?