Most people remember Carters Little Liver Pills.
It was the spring tonic used to thin your blood and get you moving. I remember when the FDA made them remove the word liver from the label as there was no proof it helped in that area.
Another tonic was known as the three S’s, and I've been told it is still available today. It, too, was to “build your up your blood.”
Oh, how I remember castor oil! It was said to be good for back pain, fungus, virus and dysentary among other complaints. All I know is that it was more like a punishment to me.
Our driveway was lined with three apple trees, a pear tree and a cherry tree. Every summer my brothers, sisters and I would be up the trees usually before the fruit was ready. Especially the cherry tree! You had to get there before the birds ate them all.
I remember being up in that tree and seeing my mother standing under it with a spoon in one hand and a bottle of castor oil in the other. Ugh!
I also remember these home remedies:
Got a spliter? Slap some salt meat on it overnight ,and it would draw it out.
A spoonful of peanut butter can cure the hic-cups.
Use garlic for an ailing heart.
If you can’t get an apple a day to keep the doctor away, try a clove of garlic.
Peppermint candy has always been good for an upset stomach. Or put it in your mouth and drink a glass of water to get rid of laryngitis.
Vinegar cures everything known to man, if you believe all you read. It cures you AND unclogs your drains.
Every family has its own twist on these and other remedies. I’d like to hear them.
I want to say happy birthday to my good friend, Louise Agee. I hope Tuesday was a special one for you.
Most people remember Carters Little Liver Pills.
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Burning bridges and the importance of relationships
“Congratulations on your new job!” You tell a co-worker who announced she would be leaving in a couple of weeks. “Where are you going?” You ask her.
“I’ve landed a job that will put this place to shame! I am so excited about leaving here. This is going to be a great chance to advance my career,” the co-worker tells you.
Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
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