A couple of nights ago we had the pleasure of hanging out with Rob’s sister, her husband and Rob’s mom. We got to talking about home remedies that my mother-in-law had grown up receiving…one discussion focussed on removing warts. We laughed until we cried over the remedy. The options were:
- Wart prevention: Soak your hands in STRONG vinegar every day when you’re done playing. Especially because the boys played with nasty toads and frogs that caused warts.
- Wart cure: Take a kernal of corn off a fresh cob of corn, squeeze the milk of the kernal on the wart, then go outside and bury the corn kernal and your wart will go away.
- Wart cure: If a kernal of corn isn’t handy, you can also use a dish rag, but it has to be a dirty dishrag, and rub it on your wart, go outside and bury it and then your wart will go away.
The discussion went on and memories flowed…including smelling some cow salve that Mike had…upon researching this strong smelling concoction, I learned:
Rawleigh Antiseptic Salve is recommended for superficial burns, scalds, blisters, boils, bruises, minor cuts and wounds, sunburn, chapped, chafed and irritated skin surfaces. Rawleigh Salve is essentially a drawing salve and is therefore excellent for encouraging stubborn blisters to the surface and extracting dirt painlessly from cuts and abrasions. Rawleigh Antiseptic Salve soothes hands that are cracked and neglected or feet that are swollen or sore.
Rawleigh Salve represents fantastic value with customers stating their tins had lasted between 3 years and some over 20 years and it still is working as well as the day it was first opened!
I’m not sure Mike had the can for 20 years, but it was good to know that if so, it would still work just as well as it did 20 years ago.
We talked about cotton strings tied around ankles to ward off leg cramps, mustard poultice placed on your chest for croup or colds, and more. It was awesome. I was so intrigued by the wart conversation, I found this website…and sure enough, the corn kernal and dish rag theory are listed amongst some other very clever ways to remove a wart.
What They Say in New England….Warts
So, now you armed with some great options if you are a wart sufferer. Enjoy!
Note: What old time remedies have been around for years in your family?
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