Finally here in England the sun is shining, the rain has stopped and the weather looks promising and yet typically I am full of cold, I’m sneezing non stop, high temperature and I have a very red nose.
My only savior is plenty of hot lemon and paracetamol, but what did our ancestors use?
So I had a little look; there is plenty of information online about this subject and it returned surprising and very shocking results, including this little remedy for a runny nose.
Remedy for a Runny Nose
Either sniff an old mouldy sock or a generous handful of wet salt. Alternatively, drink hot whisky.
The following adverts I wanted to share, two of which are aimed at children. I imagine most of us have ancestors who would have used such remedies.
Cocaine Toothache Drops
An advert for cocaine toothache drops, marketed at children, which cost just 15 cents in 1885
Godfrey’s Chloride of Ammonium Inhaler
This mainstream medical product enabled the inhalation of vapour for the treatment of asthma, hay fever, coughs, colds and other respiratory problems.
Dr Seth Arnold’s Cough Killer
contained morphine, from the late 1800s was claimed to cure coughs, asthma, pneumonia, malaria and many other diseases.