Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

RE: [genpcncfir] old remedies for chiggers

Expand Messages
  • Carol Singh
    Dear Evelyn, We bought the cough syrup with codeine in it. Codeine was the ingredient that suppressed the cough. I imagine that some of our members can provide
    Message 1 of 8 , Jun 30, 2003
    • 0 Attachment
      Dear Evelyn, We bought the cough syrup with codeine in
      it. Codeine was the ingredient that suppressed the
      cough. I imagine that some of our members can provide
      you with herbal remedies. My daddy simply used whiskey
      straight from the bottle; it cleared up sore throats
      like a miracle drug as well. The day my tonsils were
      removed Mama left me in the car with Daddy--big
      mistake. I could barely talk. My throat felt as if it
      were going to STRANGLE me. Daddy persuaded me to give
      his HORSE MEDICINE a try, but even at six years old, I
      knew that Mama would have a FIT if he gave me that
      whiskey. Mama had gone to the drugstore to get the
      prescription ordered by Dr. Haar, my pediatrician, and
      the longer I sat there, the more my throat ailed me.
      Unable to bear anymore, I said, "Okay, Daddy, where's
      your horse medicine!" Daddy opened the glove
      compartment (we called it the "car pocket," how about
      you all?) quick as a wink and whipped out the bottle
      of Jack Daniels. I reached for it like a drowning man
      for a rope, and started to chug. Of course, I almost
      immediately began to SPUTTER. The sting went all the
      way up my nose and down my throat, but I kept down the
      whiskey--didn't lose a drop! Relief was INSTANTANEOUS!
      Mama smelled the WHISKEY the minute she opened the car
      door and was ready to go ballistic when Daddy told her
      I'd asked for it. Still, when she saw that at least no
      harm was done, she let it pass. The next day I was
      eating toast, and nobody would ever have known I'd
      just had my tonsils out. As for sore throats in
      general, though, I know two fixes: 1) Cherry
      brandy--tastes great, too!; and 2)Hot tea with a
      tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice
      added to each cup. It not only stops the pain, it gets
      rid of that dry, scratchy feeling. I've really found
      no lozenges that work. In place of those, I buy those
      red and white peppermint hard candies (the candy canes
      during the Christmas season) or wintergreen or
      peppermint Life Savers, and they do the trick. Later,
      --- Evelyn Hendricks <rebh@...> wrote:
      > Carla,
      > I have never had any of that cough syrup but once.
      > You are right that it
      > contained whiskey, lemon juice and honey. I don't
      > know what proportions
      > were used, but I can probably find out from my
      > cousin if someone does not
      > answer you.
      > Evelyn
      > At 06:47 AM 06/27/2003 -0400, you wrote:
      > >While we're talking about old time remedies..I
      > wonder if anyone can send
      > >the recipe for homemade cough syrup containing
      > whiskey. I've wished many
      > >times over the years that I could remember how to
      > make that when the OTC
      > >cough syrups weren't strong enough. My daddy used
      > to give it to me when
      > >I'd get a bad cold. I believe it had honey and
      > lemon juice in it.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >Of course, I'll ride over to Pitt County to
      > purchase the necessary
      > >spirits!
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >Carla Stancil Townsend
      > >
      > >Holly Springs, NC
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >-----Original Message-----
      > >From: Charlynn Helms
      > [mailto:charlie.helms@...]
      > >Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2003 11:26 PM
      > >To: genpcncfir@yahoogroups.com
      > >Subject: [genpcncfir] old remedies for chiggers
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >Try the following:
      > >
      > >On the lawn:
      > >
      > >CHIGGERS:
      > >Use dusting sulfur. This product harms
      > microorganisms (it is a
      > >fungicide). Therefore, after chiggers are under
      > control, apply compost
      > >and boost microorganisms with Medina "Soil
      > Activator" and Molasses or
      > >Ladybug "Terra Tonic."
      > >
      > >
      > >On you:
      > >
      > >http://altnature.com/library/repelling_insects.htm
      > >
      > >Herbal Insecticides
      > >Karen Shelton copyright 2000-01
      > >
      > >
      > >Probably the most unpleasant creature I have
      > encountered is the chigger.
      > >Or I should say chiggers because they seem to
      > attack in armies of 20 or
      > >more and attach larvae to the skin on the legs,
      > beltline and any fold of
      > >skin they find. They cause an itch and rash, which
      > may be confused with
      > >poison ivy (due to its intensity) that lasts up to
      > two weeks. If you
      > >bathe within a few hours after exposure in very hot
      > water it lessens the
      > >chance of the larvae attaching and causing
      > irritation. The larvae only
      > >stay attached for a few days but the itching and
      > swelling from the bites
      > >can last for weeks. A chigger infestation makes
      > poison ivy seem like a
      > >mild malady for most.
      > >
      > >Chiggers can be found in tall grass or woods. Read
      > more about chiggers
      > >at this site from the University of Nebraska
      > >
      > >James Duke, Ph.D., in his book "The Green Pharmacy"
      > says that rubbing
      > >mountain mint (Pycnanthemum sp.) on your legs prior
      > to going in tall
      > >grass or woods will repel chiggers. You can see
      > pictures of mountain
      > >mint at http://altnature.com/gallery/index.htm.
      > Oil of Pennyroyal would
      > >have the same effect and is used in some commercial
      > preparations.
      > >Neither should ever be used by any women who may be
      > pregnant, as they
      > >may cause uncomfortable uterine contractions. I
      > have also heard it said
      > >that putting sulfur powder in your socks and shoes
      > as well as pant cuffs
      > >would deter chiggers.
      > >
      > >Many other herbs have insect repellant properties.
      > Citronella is said to
      > >repel mosquitoes but must be applied every hour or
      > to remain effective.
      > >Eucalyptus is also effective, use a teaspoon of oil
      > in a cup of warm
      > >water and smooth over the skin. More herbs with
      > insecticide properties
      > >include wormwood, perilla, and mints. feverfew,
      > lavender leaves and of
      > >course garlic. It is said that bugs don't bite
      > people who eat a lot of
      > >garlic. But they don't get kissed a lot either!
      > >
      > >Try making some natural insect repellant sachets
      > from the recipes at
      > >this web site:
      > >
      > >http://www.glenbrookfarm.com/herbs/rec9699.html
      > You can also sew the
      > >same ingredients in a tube shape and tie them
      > around your pant legs,
      > >wrists and neck to repel biting bugs.
      > >
      > >Here is a natural insect repellant recipe that was
      > sent to me.
      > >
      > >Vinegar of the Four Thieves
      > >
      > >One part each {all plants are dry] Rosemary,
      > Wormwood, Lavender, Sage,
      > >Mint
      > >
      > >Place in a jar and cover with vinegar let set 7
      > days
      > >
      > >Put on cloth and exposed skin repels ticks, fleas,
      > and chiggers
      > >
      > > >From Mike the Hillwizard :)>
      > >
      > >OK what if it's too late and they've already got
      > you? A tea made from a
      > >teaspoon of dried chickweed, (or a handful fresh)
      > drunk three times a
      > >day acts as a natural antihistamine. This can also
      > be applied externally
      > >to help with itch. A tiny dab of peppermint oil on
      > bites is very
      > >cooling. For stings apply a wet aspirin to ease
      > pain, you may also want
      > >to try this on chiggers. A cup of oatmeal tied in a
      > cloth and added
      > >under running bath water is a great skin soother.
      > You can add a cup of
      > >Epsom salt or baking soda to your bath and soak for
      > 20 minutes. A few
      > >drops of lavender essential oil with calm your
      > nerves from all that
      > >itching, as well as sooth irritation. Other bug
      > bite soothers include
      > >Aloe Vera, Plantain, Witch Hazel, Comfrey and of
      > course my favorite
      > >Jewelweed. (See jewelweed link at
      > http://altnature.com/jewelweed.htm )
      > >
      > >Here is a generous addition to this page sent in by
      > a reader.
      > >
      > >I wanted to share my bug repellant
      > recipe........please share with
      > >anyone. I do a huge amount of outdoor
      > gardening........I have 1 1/2
      > >acres, partly woodland. This is my recipe, and it
      > works. It works on
      > >mosquitoes, chiggers, and a host of unknown other
      > little biting things.
      > >
      > >Base: 4 oz. aloe vera gel
      > > 4 oz. very light skin lotion.......I
      > like Coconut Skin Trip
      > >Active:
      > > 2 drams oil of Citronella
      > > 1/2 dram oil of eucalyptus
      > > 1/2 dram patchouli oil
      > >
      > >Pour in a bottle and shake Use liberally all over
      > the body except on the
      === message truncated ===

      Do you Yahoo!?
      SBC Yahoo! DSL - Now only $29.95 per month!
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.