Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Madness-Curing Ailments at the Turn of the Century

From the Daily Herald 1897
Ever think when you swallow that aspirin what our great grandparents and grandparents had to take to feel better way back when? I have heard the tales of Castor Oil and other not so nice sounding things from my grandparents. From sheep fat lineament to the soothing tonics, there were some crazy remedies out there!

Can you imagine giving cocaine drops to your children? This add from 1885 indicates that it was sold by druggist, and apparently needed no prescription.

Of course you had the home remedies made by the lady of the house to help with the miseries and illness.
  • Honey
  • Steeped sassafras roots
  • Steeped willow bark 
  • Wild cherry
  • Poultices
  • Animal fat
  • Herbs
I personally think the women who tended their own families were smarter by far. They used many of the same ingredients that can be found in modern medicine today. 

1 comment:

  1. My mother would chop garlic, mix with honey to give us by the spoonful for fevers, stomach ailments, colds, etc.