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Home cures of long ago - not for the faint hearted
Started by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
just been reading Ernie Taberners recollections of life in Wigan of the 20 and 30's.
in the home doctoring chapter he recalls the cure for boils. You partly fill a bottle with boiling water and apply it to the ripe boil.As the water cools it has a sucking effect, slowly drawing the boil into the bottle.Yuk.
How did they survive

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
anybody need the cure for constipation.

Posted by: the_gwim_weaper (inactive) Report abuse
Anyone want to buy a bottle of boil?

Posted by: spud 1 (157) Report abuse
For a sore throat we had a spoonful of sugar with Friars Balsam on it,it worked.

Posted by: trixie (4798)   Report abuse
Mustard baths for fits.!!!

Posted by: linma (2313) Report abuse
Goose grease and brown paper on your chest for a cold. How times change goose grease for best roasties now.

Posted by: spud 1 (157) Report abuse
I remember going to the school clinic,and there was always someone with a boil,and the nurse saying,"that boil needs lancing"

Posted by: elmos (2621)  Report abuse

my cousin liz used to love squeezing boils and carabuncles,
she would keep squeezing till she got the root out.
It hurt like hell but you were cured.

Posted by: linma (2313) Report abuse
My ex was a lovely fella, always the gentleman. He was coming towards me one day to give me a kiss when, he stopped in his tracks and said, "you've got a spot on your chin shall I squeeze it for you". He loved squeezing spots. Sad fella.

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
probably better than being a nit picker linma

Posted by: lock lass (86) Report abuse
Keolin Poultices for coughs and colds. At night-time my Grandma used to boil the tin of keolin in a pan, when hot she'd get a knife and scrape it on to a cloth then put it on my chest. In the night it dried to a horrible 'cracking' mess of what I can only describe as crumbling concrete. Did it work? I don't know, I've forgotten but she did it often so it must have.
Aud.

Posted by: elizabeth (5133)  Report abuse
I spy the tale was told by my mother than her brother had that treatment and the bottle wouldnt come off until the carbuncle had burst apparently the pain was that bad he was running all over Platt Lane screaming with pain and even got to St Patricks church screaming all the time and then it burst and he collapsed
My father when ever any one had a bad cold or the Flu he would boil all sorts of herbs he got from the Heralist in Mesnes st it tasted Foul.but it did cure you, wether it was the threat of more to come if you were not better

Posted by: mojim (1679) Report abuse
Elizabeth,I wish he was still there in Mesnes St.. he was brilliant.

Posted by: ecmdj (8180)   Report abuse
vinigar rag for headaches , seemed to work , but prefer paracetomol now

Posted by: elizabeth (5133)  Report abuse
Does any one remember when you had a sore throat or Mumps you had a potatoe wrapped with a scarf round your throat forgotton whether it worked or not

Posted by: mojim (1679) Report abuse
They used to say wrap a pair of stockings or tights around your throat....I never found out if that worked.

Posted by: lock lass (86) Report abuse
What I remember from having a hot potato wrapped in a stocking was it was supposed to relieve earache.

Posted by: ecmdj (8180)   Report abuse
used to work in mill, a woman there used to wear a silk scarf round her neck whenever she had a sore throat, swore blind it worked

Posted by: mojim (1679) Report abuse
Many years ago when I had my ears pierced and they were sore...my Grandma said "use your fasting spit"(honest) she meant do it first thing in the morning before you had anything to eat,and guess what? it worked.

Posted by: ecmdj (8180)   Report abuse
mojim .my late mum told me that when i had my ears pierced and they were sore , and yes it did work .she also told me my grandma used to wash her face in rain water ,and i believe had lovely skin

Posted by: ecmdj (8180)   Report abuse
mojim .my late mum told me that when i had my ears pierced and they were sore , and yes it did work .she also told me my grandma used to wash her face in rain water ,and i believe had lovely skin

Posted by: kopitesere (inactive) Report abuse
Home remedies

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
do they still make that disgusting fennings fever cure.I could never work out what it was supposed to cure.

Posted by: tonker (18712)   Report abuse
I can pull my teeth out with Mole grips!

Posted by: marken (364) Report abuse
i-spy. It was the thought of having to take Fennings Fever Cure that cured you, no matter what the ailment was. Nothing seemed as bad as that

Posted by: ŠartŠ (6154) Report abuse
Fennings fever cure, set your teeth on edge..
Remember Fennings little healers as well?
One bloke who worked at Johnpit wi' me, they used to say "There's more work in a beechams powder"
Another who took Doans backache & kidney pills regularly.
When he was under the shower in't pit baths, he might have a pee, & it was bright green..
Used to love cod liver oil & malt tho' & California syrup o'figs
Olive oil in yer ear'ole.
Knitbone poultices for bumps & bruises..Still have plenty o'that..
Sugar & soap poultices, for drawin' boils
One thing you never hear about these days, for babies...
Cinder tea Does t'same job as Gripe Water

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
They stick candles in their ears these days - it looks dangerous to me.

Posted by: jo anne (31036)   Report abuse
Were Ernie Taberner's recollections in a book, or a Past Forward article, I-spy? (*Online Archive)

Posted by: norman prior (780)   Report abuse
I-spy, the cure for constipation was caster oil. Far better remedies today.

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
It's a while back but I'm fairly certain it was a book,probably from the library.
I must start going again

Posted by: jo anne (31036)   Report abuse
I-spy, I think you might've missed Norman giving you the cure for that - castor oil.

Posted by: norman prior (780)   Report abuse
The important result of all those horrible cures was, we survived.

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse

Posted by: maggie (510)   Report abuse
Roundabout the period that WW2 was declared, I was very ill. The bed was downstairs, & I was "put out" while the doctor lanced over 30 swellings on my head - my hair had been cut. From then on, life was terrible. I had Kaolin poultices on my chest - very hot - and the nurse came daily to "dress" the sores on my head with Dettol & hot water. Even after all this time, I cannot bear the smell of Dettol. When I was better & was allowed out to play, my life was made a torment by the other children because of my short hair. How's that for an early memory?

Posted by: Jazzy (8508)   Report abuse
Morning Maggie, you were obviously very ill, not least because the bed was "brought downstairs" I remember that happening at our house.

You certainly went through it, that treatment sounds positively medieval!

Hope you and yours are well Maggie

Take care.

Jennifer

Posted by: Anne (2889)  Report abuse
Was there anything to cure mumps?

Posted by: Jazzy (8508)   Report abuse
I don't think so Anne, I remember having mumps, very painful!

Posted by: maggie (510)   Report abuse
Thank you Jazzy, I am surviving - just, my husband is in hospital having had a stroke. I do have good support. Going back to my illness, my parents had to pay for my treatment. Mr. Miller was the doctor's collector, he came round every Friday for money.

Posted by: momac (7595)  Report abuse
When my Daughter was a baby I couldn't cure her
nappy rash come what may..my Mam took one look and
put Robins Starch on,guess what. it cured it.

Maggie,I wish you and your husband all the luck in
the world..I really do.

Posted by: Jazzy (8508)   Report abuse
Maggie, so sorry to hear your husband has had a stroke. I hope he makes a good recovery.

I'm glad you have good support, take care now and keep your chin up maggie.

Jennifer xxxx

Posted by: maggie (510)   Report abuse
Thank you for the kind words I have received on this. I do have a happier memory. I was well enough to sit up, but the bed was still downstairs. When war was declared, the Government overnight nationalised all goods trains. Fyyfes had just got in a boatload of bananas, & they had been loaded onto the trains. They were all taken out & put by the lines. The Railway men were told to help themselves. This my Dad did, I remember sitting up in bed eating one. He was able to give them to everyone in the street.

Posted by: bentlegs (4132) Report abuse
For burns or scalds, my Mother drench the area in brown vinegar it had to be done within 30 seconds but it did work,No blisters or pain,

Posted by: bentlegs (4132) Report abuse
For burns or scalds, my Mother drench the area in brown vinegar it had to be done within 30 seconds but it did work,No blisters or pain,

Posted by: staffbullterrier (2224) Report abuse
my nanna use to put butter on any bumps i got

Posted by: PeterP (5768) Report abuse
If you got stung the cure was to coat the sting lump with dolly blue.

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
You were mollycoddled peterp - isn't that a great word.

Posted by: Jazzy (8508)   Report abuse
Bentlegs, I've never heard of that one, but I will certainly try it. I burn my arm with monotonous regularity getting stuff out of the oven. For some reason always my right arm!

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
apparently I've got a claustrophobic big toe on my left foot.

Posted by: Jazzy (8508)   Report abuse
Does it keep trying to get out of your sock i-spy?

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
It does jazzy and there's no darned cure these days.

Posted by: momac (7595)  Report abuse
i-spy..have you ever thought of tying it to your
little toe..bet that would cure it.

Posted by: norman prior (780)   Report abuse
Bentlegs, Brown Sugar? you must have been well off.
That would be the time when the next door neighbour would borrow a cup of sugar.

Posted by: aussie94 (1337) Report abuse
My Grandma swore by caoline poltice (is that correct) for sore throats and boils knit bone for sprains swell etc

Posted by: momac (7595)  Report abuse
aussie94..you can still buy kaolin but it's completely
different..my Mam used to put it under the grill to warm,it doesn't need that now,you just apply it cold and it's very good.

Posted by: aussie94 (1337) Report abuse
momac that is amazing i thought it would be well gone by now.But , true and tried products will stay the course. I must ask my Pharmacist if she stocks it.

Posted by: momac (7595)  Report abuse
Just a little tip..if you or your youngster get soap or
shampoo in your eyes..breath on a towel and place it on your
eye..it will clear it,don't ask how it works..it just does.

Posted by: Joseph77 (inactive) Report abuse
Neatsfoot oil for rheumatism, sticky but effective so I was told.

Elmos is your cousin one of the Griffins?

Posted by: elmos (2621)  Report abuse
Yes,shes a Griffin passed away now a wonderful woman.

Posted by: Joseph77 (inactive) Report abuse
Cheers.

Posted by: dennis dickinson (1083) Report abuse
A few years ago I had a large 'boil' on my neck. It wouldn't come to a head and I couldn't burst it. I cured it using a milk bottle into which I had filled with boiling water. Immediately before covering the boil with the neck of the bottle I poured the boiling water out. The vacuum created in the bottle sucked the boil (I thought at one stage it was going to suck all of my neck into the bottle !).
Suddenly with great gusting the boil 'popped' and all the contents was splattered over the bottom of the bottle. The boil never reappeared and I destroyed the bottle, so don't worry about the hygiene of the bottle being reused.

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse
Don't think I'll bother about any supper

Posted by: priscus (5115) Report abuse
You weren't going to have a 'boil in the bag' were you?

Posted by: i-spy (12722)  Report abuse

 
 
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