So I've been spending most of this week sniffly, with really bad jaw pain. My mom told me to keep my jaw warm so I wrapped my face in a scarf and sat at work like this:
|At my desk at work. Considering I work in a hell cave and |
rarely have human interaction, the ability to speak is optional.
On Monday, my mother was making a salad while I passed by the kitchen. I came up to taste some of it, and she said "Come here. Smell this." and shoved an onion in my nose. I smelled it, it stung like a bitch, and made me cry. But according to her, "it will kill all germs in your nose."
My list can go on and on, but my current favorite is the countless times I had bronchitis as a child (or any form of terrible cough) and my mother would put a sack of boiled potatoes on my chest when I went to sleep. Yes. A sack of potatoes. In Soviet Russia, medicine takes you. Basically, to keep your chest warm and break up your cough, people would boil potatoes, mash them a bit, and wrap them in cloth with a bit of oil. Then they'd put them on your chest in a bag and have you sleep with it. For all of my adventurous friends and/or those without health insurance, take note.
In college I saw one of my best friends, the Kaizasaurus, who is from Colombia, heat up orange juice and honey with a melted Halls at the bottom of the glass. I don't dare question it.
And today, NibsnInk told me about one of her Chinese remedies that involved putting a large silver coin (any large silver coin will do, I had this clarified) in a hard boiled egg and rubbing it against any painful spot on your body. Headache, stomachache, Back ache.. you name it. Once you rub it, the coin is supposed to turn black and that means it worked.
No matter what, though, my favorite thing to do when I'm sick is curl up in my PJs with a cup of tea. Say what you will, modern medicine, but black tea cures every ailment on the face of this earth.
What are your ancient home remedies for sicknesses?