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It may not cure anything but, damn, it eases the symptoms.
Posted by Justine at 9:28, 1 September 2008 under Excuses, Praising | 17 Comments »
Fresh lavender for the onset of migraines. Handful, in pillow case, dark room and sleep. Helps with the getting to sleep too. Actually I also believe in eucalyptus oil and steam.
September 1st, 2008 at 10:25 AM
I tried that, but it doesn’t seem to help with election propaganda.
September 1st, 2008 at 10:30 AM
Bourbon and ginger ale.
September 1st, 2008 at 10:44 AM
The Scarlet Tree Says:
My father swears by freshly juiced cabbage and garlic juice. Hell, that would scare anything away. But I prefer hot lemon and honey tea.
September 1st, 2008 at 10:45 AM
Merrie Haskell Says:
For breathing problems, right? Or common cold sorts of symptoms, anyway–sinuses, etc. Because for ebola, not so much.
I’m a big fan of a roasted onion on the ear for earaches, and mustard seed footbaths for colds.
September 1st, 2008 at 1:28 PM
Natalie Hatch Says:
Gargling salt water, the salt acts as an antiseptic and cleans out your throat which speeds up your recovery. Don’t swallow though, that’ll just make you gag. For headaches and everything else associated with it I use LemSip, that stuff works, tastes disgusting, but works.
September 1st, 2008 at 4:10 PM
Rub it with a brick!
My grandma’s cure for all ills (including ebola).
Can’t personally guarantee its efficacy. Worth a shot, though.
September 1st, 2008 at 5:32 PM
Serafina Zane Says:
My dad has an obsession with olive oil for everything, including cleaning motor oil off your skin (but not, you know, clothes, because olive oil stains are forever).
My grandmother knows some pretty wierd remedies, but she’s also got a science degree and doesn’t seem to use them much.
September 1st, 2008 at 6:07 PM
I think brownies, slightly under-cooked, can cure most anything that ails you. My advice beyond that is to rub some dirt on it – hey, it’s football season. :}
September 1st, 2008 at 7:10 PM
Nicholas Waller Says:
I saw on TV once that Romans used olive oil as part of their bathing/cleaning process – the oil, sweat and dirt gunge would be scraped off with a special tool.
My mother, I seem to recall, applied olive oil to us as kids when we had been sunburnt. But I could be wrong.
September 1st, 2008 at 7:13 PM
Kate Egan Says:
Hot jasmine green tea always does it for me. Tiredness, headache, congestion– even though it’s usually temporary. Green tea actually has antibacterial and immune system boosting properties to it.
White has it more-so, but I prefer green when it comes to taste.
Tea in general is a lifesaver.
September 1st, 2008 at 7:20 PM
You’re so…Australian. That’s a good thing, and entirely expected. But that would never have occured to me.
I like Patrick’s comment above- he’s quite right!
September 1st, 2008 at 9:37 PM
Sorry- that was less clear than I realized. It has occured to me before that you are Australian, of course. I meant that the idea of steam and eucalyptus oil as a remedy would never have occured to me.
This sort of thing is what happens when I try to type when I’m tired. Do you have a folk remedy that will make me a little more clear-headed?
September 1st, 2008 at 9:38 PM
For the clear head issue, try some orange and ginger essences. Either as a rub-on oil or above a tealite. Should work wonders to clear your brain. If you’re feeling particularly addled, add a dash of spruce. At least, that’s what we do here.
If it’s a case of the grumps, a frog in the mouth is the cure.
September 1st, 2008 at 10:54 PM
Lavender essential oil (diluted in some sort of carrier oil – jojoba or olive, for example) is a wonder at soothing sunburn.
September 1st, 2008 at 11:18 PM
Marko’s cure always works for me. Also, cola for headaches, stuffed head and ginger for the gollywoggles.
September 2nd, 2008 at 12:18 PM
Gargle with salt, rinse well, then sip honeyed rum with lemon juice. (That last I would do when perfectly healthy. Mmmmm.)
September 3rd, 2008 at 5:25 PM
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