I'm feeling rather crappy today.
The last couple of days I've had a red, sore throat and general exhausted feeling- completely annoying because I don't have time this week (actually more like this month) to get sick, which made me think about all the random cures that float about and I'm wondering if they actually work?
My mumma is a classic for sprouting out random cures for things, including sticking a sliver of garlic up your nostril to help clear up a cold and using 1,2,3 whenever you start to cough. Both are equally as smelly, but I have been know to mix up a batch of 1,2,3 when a cough gets particularly bad. It is simply 1 part methylated spirits, 2 parts vinegar and 3 parts water mixed together and then rubbed on your chest...it seems to work, although after a quick google search I can't find any supporting evidence!!
My grandmother swears by Betadine- no matter what your complaint she will suggest and produce a bottle in a matter of moments. It is a running joke (with love of course) that Vanaema's love of Betadine is the same as the Grandfather in My Big Fat Greek Wedding love for Windex.
Other good tales I can remember hearing is the great one that if you swollow your chewing gum it will stay in your stomach for 5 years!! and that masturbating can cause blindness if performed too often...which I'm sure can't be true...lol!
But I suppose in the case of my sore throat drinking some hot water and honey can only help me...and perhaps some rest at some point :)
Do you know of any great Old Wives Tales?? Or any good suggestions on how to shake my sore throat??