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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Your Family's Strange Remedies - RHOK

PaPa Baker

After not blogging for a few weeks I am getting back in the saddle.  I was going to blog yesterday but things got off to a rocky start which means "turn off the computer".  We went to the garden to calm some nerves, then the baby calves got out, then it started raining, again.  After chasing kids and calves in the rain I finally gave up and went in the house.  Eventually, my husband came home because he got rained out so I knew he could get the calves in.  By the time he got home they were over at the neighbor's, he was not happy, but successful in getting the calves back.
So, today I'm hooking up the with Real Housewives of Oklahoma for McLinky Monday:  What is Your Strange Remedies?

My great grandma, Pearl would go out in the woods to gather plants to make all kinds of remedies but I don't know what they were.

My mom tells me that when one of kids or grandkids would start teething, my PaPa Baker (my great grandfather) would kill a rabbit and put the brains in a dish cloth then rub it on the child's gums (are you okay?).  This would keep the pain away.  Apparently if you survived this as a child he would take you snipe hunting when you became a teenager. 

When a storm was coming, my husband's Uncle John would throw an ax at the ground to split the storm clouds.  The storm would always go around them.

Oh, I almost forgot, when my grandma would change clothes she would cover her head with panties(clean ones) to keep her bee hive hairdo from messing up.  Wait until the AquaNet is dry before putting panties on your head.

I love family folklore.  Check out the RHOK for more strange remedies.



Territory Mom


Nadine Hightower said...

I'll have to remember that about the panties for when I'm older wear my hair in a beehive. I LOVE BEEHIVES!!!!

Mom Mayhem says: said...

Eww-Rabbit brains ?! but, splitting the storm clouds with an ax is pretty cool

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I would say that you have the best remedies. I sure wouldn't complain about sore gums and I need to find an axhead to keep around when it gets stormy.

Cindy said...

I love the panty story.

Jill of All Trades said...

Glad you're back. Sorry the calves escaped. You know, sadly the panties I remember my grandmother doing that too. Don't think I want the rabbit brains on my gums but my mother used to love to eat squirrel brains and scrambled eggs!

Ever Blessed said...

My favorite is the axhead splitting storm clouds. What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing :)

The Trail Boss said...

My grandmother swears that she and a brother were cured of rabies with a "mad stone", which was an old Indian remedy. A third child that was bitten by the rabid dog died of rabies after being given rabies shots that came by train, were not refrigerated and didn't take.

The Trail Boss said...

This is not a remedy, but I had to smile when I read about the calves getting out. Growing up on a ranch, nothing struck more fear in our hearts than someone yelling "the cows are out!!"