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Davey Help: Folk Remedies (22) RE: Help: Folk Remedies 26 Oct 99


For burns, insect bites (black flies, mosquitoes, bees) a quick and effective remedy is to rub the area with the juice squeezed from an aloe vera leaf. If that's not available, the juice from 'hens and chickens', also known as houseleek, is equally effective. Makes an interesting and attractive garden plant, also, as a border around rocks.

I recall years ago, when my grandfather played cribbage or bridge, he kept a bottle of rum and a tablespoon beside his chair. Periodically he would cough, clear his throat a couple of times, and have a spoonful of rum "for medicinal purposes". Over the course of an evening he would go through most of the bottle, one spoonful at a time, and whether it cured whatever was ailing him I don't know, but he didn't seem to mind much.


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